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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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Follow the instructions exactly as they are written.
As long as you do not have the "allow restore to overwrite" option set on the live database it will not be overwritten. The presence of the RSG means that the restore gets redirected automatically - its magic.

Have some second opinions on the process:

http://hellomate.typepad.com/exchange/2003/12/the_recovery_st.html
http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Exchange_Server_2003_Mailbox_Recovery.html

Simon.
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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.

Simon.
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Increased points to 250...

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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