Recovering from an exchange server crash.

Posted on 2006-04-24
Last Modified: 2010-04-08
Hello Everyone!

I have had an exchange server crash!  There were no backups taken so everything has been rebuilt from scratch.  Yes this is truly a nightmare!  All I have for the users to try to retrieve old email is their locally stored OST files.  there were no personal folders configured so no PST files at all.

Now that I have the new exchange box up and running is there any way at all that I can recover the old email using the OST files that were stored locally?  I will say in advance that I have already tried converting the OST files to PST files using ost2pst, as well as erdemo.  niether worked.  ost2pst generates an error and erdemo only recovers the last four emails in their entirety and then appears to only have grabbed the email headers for all other mail.  Can anyone brighten this DARK situation for me....please...

Question by:NGTG
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    sounds kinda odd, what happened to the .edb and .stm files?  If they are still somewhat in tact, you should be able to get something out of them...  If they are still there, MAKE A COPY of these two files, put them on another server somewhere else and run eseutil with a /p option on the copy only. using exmerge, you can then extract the user's PST files.  I am unceratin if you should even attempt to mount this store after its been fixed,  I defer that for any one else to answer.  But at least using this method, you will be able to extract the PSTs isolated from the working now exchange box.


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