Accidently deleted public calendar Exchange Server 2003. Can I recover from rollback logs?
Posted on 2005-05-04
I am an IT professional (but don't feel like one today!!) (20+ years experience but not with Exchange) I had a Microsoft certified tech working for me that said we could burn a copy MDBDATA to a cd with the E*.log files and then delete all but the E00.log file logs. (This server didn't have a tape drive or Veritas installed on it.) He had about 4-5 years "experience" with Exchange at another firm, but he told me he "lost" their Exchange data for their server too and had "learned his lesson". (this should have tipped me off) He also configured one of our clients Exchange 2003 Servers, and after he left our employ, I realize he had NOT purchased the Exchange agent for Veritas, when the log files filled up their drive and were not being deleted after the nightly backup. (he also had the log files located on the C: drive instead of another larger drive!!!)
I mention the above because of what I did next on OUR Exchange 2003 server at the downtown office. Today, I drug a COPY (right click, drag, copy) of the public calendar to the Public Folder Favorites. Later I reduced the window size so I could drag this to the desktop and create a shortcut. For some other reasons, I decided to delete the shortcut. No problem. Then I looked at Public Favorites and clicked on the "copy" of the calendar. No problem. Then I clicked on the Public Folder "main" calendar and displayed it. No problem. I decided to delete the copy under the Public Favorites and this is where disaster struck! The opsys message indicated something about deleting everything. I said cancel. The system paused, and suddenly the main Public Calendar was gone. I immediately burned a DVD copy of the Exchsrvr folder and subfolders to DVD before doing anything else. I have several "backups" on DVD's of MDBDATA from the end of last month. I have E*.log files on the Exchange Server disk drive currently that are dated 8-11-04 through 05-04-05. (I have not been deleting the log files since August of 04. I know that I need to install a tape drive on this server at the downtown office and install Veritas with the Exchange Agent. (I was making some hardware changes in the two office locations and was putting off installing these items on this server.)) Is there a way to rollback / recover this really "brain-dead" delete I did earlier today?
"Necessity isn't the mother of invention, desperation is, and I am there!" Thank you very much in advance for your assistance! I'll be monitoring this the rest of the day.