We help IT Professionals succeed at work.

We've partnered with Certified Experts, Carl Webster and Richard Faulkner, to bring you two Citrix podcasts. Learn about 2020 trends and get answers to your biggest Citrix questions!Listen Now


Restoring an older Exchange 5.5 database in a new Exchange 2003 environment

celinem62 asked
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2010-03-19
We have a need to retrieve an email that was deleted long before we upgraded our Exchange 5.5 server to Exchange 2003.  I have a tape backup of the old database, but everything since that time including the server itself has been upgraded.  Does anyone know how I would go about restoring this old database without affecting our existing system?

Watch Question

You could try exmerge

Never used it against 5.5 stores on >=E2k, but it *says* it works :)

Not the solution you were looking for? Getting a personalized solution is easy.

Ask the Experts

If you need to restore/recover a server it would be the Exchange 5.5 server not the 2003 server, but my guess is you would like to avoid restoring your old NT PDC and 5.5 box...

I still think using exmerge to extract the mailbox to PST directly from the restored DB on your E2k3 system is the easiest thing to try first.
Access more of Experts Exchange with a free account
Thanks for using Experts Exchange.

Create a free account to continue.

Limited access with a free account allows you to:

  • View three pieces of content (articles, solutions, posts, and videos)
  • Ask the experts questions (counted toward content limit)
  • Customize your dashboard and profile

*This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.


Please enter a first name

Please enter a last name

8+ characters (letters, numbers, and a symbol)

By clicking, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.