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Restoring Deleted Contacts and Messages From Exchange Backup With MSBACKUP

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I am trying to restore from an MS backup file.  I essentially backed up the whole information store and now I need to restore about 100kb worth of data.

I have created a recovery group in exchange.  I have read (not followed) the instuctions at:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/824126/en-us 

The instructions get shaky for me when it comes to the restore.  This is a live, mission critical service for my company.  I would most definitely lose my job if I blew up exchange or overwrote the database with an old one.  Log files are deleted following a successful backup.  When it comes to restoring my options are

Restore To:  (i only have 1 option here...my live production server)

Temporary locatin for log and patch files:  (no idea)

[] Last Restore Set (log file will start agter this restore completes)


My concerns are:
A: I don't want anything overwritten
B: I don't want to interrupt production services
C: I want this in the recovery storage group so I can use exmerge to extract contacts from one user's mailbox and a folder containing messages from another.

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I don't want to overwrite an entire mailbox...all I want is the contacts.  These show how to restore the database and use exmerge to restore a mailbox.  If I do this, all of that users appointments, new emails, etc... will be gone.  Correct?
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No.
You exmerge the contents out to a PST file. Once you have the contents in a PST file, simply mount the file in Outlook in the regular way. You can then retrieve what you need. When done, delete the PST file.

Exmerge is a two step process - extract and import. You don't have to do the second stage.

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Now here comes the curveball.  My drive does not have the capacity to restore the entire backup.  I am about 8 gigs short.  (the backup file is 36GB).

Any ideas?
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Another hard disk or another server. There are no other options.

Simon.
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