Restore a Single Email Message from 2+ years!

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.PST files
Microsoft Exchange 2003
NTBackup
We have a legal request to restore an deleted email message from 2006. The user is still on the network currently, and I have looked in her mailbox, scanned for possbile .pst and archive files to no avail. The last administrator used NT Backup and I found a backup from 2005 that I would like to restore. What is the easiest way to do this. We are running Exchange 2003 Standard. Can I just restore one mailbox? Must I stand up another server to restore to? Please assist, thanks!

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I would “restore” this backup not to original location, anywhere else on the network. then I would look into purchasing a product called Ontrack Power Controls which would be able to extract straight from an Exchange database file (EDB).

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In exchange 2003 you can restore the database to a <a href=”http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa998782(EXCHG.65).aspx”>recovery storage group </a>on the existing exchange server and then use exmerge to extract the mailbox you want from that database to a pst file. The recovery Storage group is separate from the existing storage group and restoring using that method will not cost you any additional money for anotehr program. It is a fairly simple process.

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  • Schmidtw
    I'm not sure what you are attempting to do is actually beneficial: Why would backing up to a 2005 version help solve a problem with a 2006? What I mean is, something earlier than the date of the e-mail cannot contain the email. -Schmidtw
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