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Restore a single user's mailbox.

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I had a user that left the company so I deleted his user account and purged his mailbox a week ago. Now we found out that he has some email messages we needed.  We have a Exchange running on windows server 2003 standard edition.
The mailbox is not in the mailbox recovery center.  I have the windows backup utility scheduled to run every night and create a backup.  Is it possible to restore this nightly backup from before the mailbox purge and import the mailbox back into exchange?  If so, how would I do that without effectiving the live production environment?  I already added the user back into Active Directory too.
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by:mkumar23
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Restore the ntbackup on a server and use the below mentioned tool to fatch this mailbox data to a PST file from the edb file.

Use Ontrack® PowerControls
http://www.ontrack.com/powercontrols/
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by:mkumar23
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Also, you can setup a exchange recovery server,

restore the backup there and use Exmerg to cut the PST of that mailbox.
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by:Quetysis
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Ok, this is going to be a dump question, but how do I restore from the ntbackup file (.bkf)?  I had setup the server to run a backup everynight using the ntbackup wizard.
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by:Quetysis
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Disregard my previous comment.  I found the answers I needed at:
http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Recovering-Mailboxes-Exchange2003-SP1.html
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