What is the best method to create a Fresh exchange 2007 mailbox database and migrate mail from old database into the new one?

Microsoft Exchange 2007
Microsoft Outlook
A client recently had a failure with their mail database. The database was repaired using the ESEutil and isinteg utilities to get the database back into a clean state. (exchange 2007 SP1). However after the above processes there have been a number of quirks that have appeared, for instance:
    • Some users could not open up mail in another users shared mailbox.
    • Some users had all mail from different mailbox folders deleted that were from a date prior to the database going down.
    • One user could not see any new mail in cached mode in Outlook.
Generally a lot of niggly issues.  My thought is that the database still has a number of small corruptions and I would like to create a new mailbox database and move the users mail across to this new database. Office tech info: SBS 2008. Client using Outlook 2003 sp3 and Outlook 2010.  Total mail database size = 15 GB. What would be the best method of achieving a fresh database and moving old mail across? I have considered moving the mailbox database and log files to another location and then getting exchange to create a new database. I would then look to create a recovery storage group and put the old database files and logs in the appropriate folder and move mail form the old database to the new one. The other method I have looked at is to export all mail to PST's and then re-import it into a fresh database. I have not used the recovery storage group before so your opinions and advice to achieve my goal would be much appreciated.

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You’re going to have to do the Database move and
Recovery Storage Group.  The RSG does
work and is not that hard.
See this site for help…


Also you
can recover via  
Outlook Recovery. It’s your choice. Or it may be easier just to set up a new storage group
and move the mail across to the new database that will be created….can anybody
see any problems with that method?

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  • joshuareeves
    Thanks for the advice. Your link was very useful for me! Thank you!
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