Extracting Exchange Server mailboxes from backup files
Exchange Server backup files can prevent server downtime caused by Exchange Server database failures. If you are taking regular backups, your business output should not be drastically affected when the server fails. When devising your backup strategy, keep in mind the main requirements of your business, including cost, to ensure a smooth flow of operations.
Even if you are taking regular backups, sometimes a situation may arise wherein the solution you have adopted fails. In these situations, Exchange Server administrators have the option of utilizing third-party solutions such as, Lepide Exchange Recovery Manager which will enable you to quickly perform a complete recovery of the Exchange Server database. This blog will go over the steps you need to take to recover your mailboxes using this solution.
Lepide Exchange Recovery Manager
Lepide Exchange Recovery Manager can be used to extract full EDB files from existing backup files and to perform granular restoration of selected mailboxes and their content; including messages, contacts, attachments and other items. The solution supports the following backups: .BKF of Windows NT Backup, .BKF of Symantec Backup, .BKF of Veritas Backup, .fd of HP Backup and .CA ARCserve Backup.
Perform these steps is simple to recover mailboxes using Lepide Exchange Recovery Manager:
1. Browse and add the backup file to the solution. The following image shows the option for extracting different third-party backup files:
2. Once the backup file has been scanned, the solution gives a preview of the recoverable files. From this page you can select which files you want to extract. The left pane shows Storage Groups and the folders within them. In the right pane, EDB file and STM file within the mailbox store are displayed.
3. The recovered database files from the Exchange Server backup can be exported to extract its mailboxes. In the following image, the various options available for the recovered files have been shown. You can either export selected files or all files to the local disk.
Now the EDB file has been extracted from the backup, you can use the Exchange Management Console or Exchange Administrative Center to mount it to the Exchange Server. Bear in mind that you can only so this if it is not corrupted and the mailboxes in the extracted EDB file do not clash with the mailboxes in the already mounted EDB files.
If the extracted EDB file is un-mountable, or an old backup version is the currently mounted EDB file or if you simply want to restore just the selected emails, you can use Lepide Exchange Recovery Manager. The solution allows you to restore all mailboxes, or a selection of mailboxes, directly to the Live Exchange Server.
The following steps show you how to do this:
4. When you start the solution for the very first time, the “Add Source” wizard will be displayed. Simply select the option to add the EDB file as the Source and follow the onscreen instructions. Scanning the EDB files for errors and adding them to solution is a quick and easy process.
5. Once you have added the extracted EDB file, you can see a preview of the recovered mailbox items on the solution’s interface. You can then recover the entire EDB, selected mailboxes or selected content. The following image shows the different options for adding Exchange Server data files and Live Exchange Server to the solution and exporting them to PSTs. It also displays options for moving these files to the Live Exchange Server and to Office 365:
6. In the below image, a preview of the recovered mailboxes has been shown on the application’s interface. In the left pane, the recovered folders the mailbox is shown in the familiar Microsoft Outlook format. In the right pane, the recovered messages within the folders are displayed. These messages can be filtered, sorted and exported in any format.
7. Before exporting, messages these can be searched based on numerous criteria’s. The following image shows the different search criteria’s and the search results. Many types of data files can be searched together along with Live Exchange Server. The search result can be exported to numerous formats; including MSG and EML. Before exporting, you can see their preview and even extract their attachments.
8. Users get the following options in the search result. They can then open emails to view their content, export them as EML, MSG or PST, or import them to their Live Exchange Server and extract their attachments.
Lepide Exchange Recovery Manager allows you to easily recover Exchange mailboxes from all kinds of Exchange Server database backup files, regardless of whether they are in a healthy or damaged state. The solution has an easy-to-understand interface that simplifies any data recovery and, when used correctly, should put an end to all difficulties you may face with extracting mailboxes from Exchange backup files.