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Restore to the Recovery Storage Group

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Exchange 2003 Clustered, all hotfixes and SPs.  Backup using NTBACKUP which is Exchange aware.  I created the Recovery Storage Group and added the mailbox store I wanted and all of that.  When I go to NTBACKUP to do the restore, it does not ask me to put it in the REcovery Storage Group and I think it wants to put the .edb back in the original location.  I want to restore to the Revocery Storage Group and do an exmerge to pull out the .pst and import whatever I want restored.  Where on NTBACKUP can I tell it to restore the DB files to Recovery Storage Group and NOT to the original location (or does it?)  I am afraid to click next for fear of wiping out my live DB.
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It won't wipe out your live db. This is by design, as long as the recovery storage group is there any restore from ntbackup will be directed there.

http://www.outlookexchange.com/articles/HenrikWalther/RSG.asp
http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Exchange-Dial-tone-Restore-Method-Part2.html

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...as long as the recovery storage group is there 'any databases that you have designated as 'add databases to recover'' will be directed there.

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If you look at the properties of the info store on the database tab there is a place to check "this database can be overwritten by a restore" If there is a check there then the restore will overwrite the database.
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just to clarify, the tab donnie is mentioning really has nothing to do with overwriting the production database in this case. if you have defined this particular database when creating the rsg, then the restore will go to the rsg no matter what that check box says on the production database, AS LONG AS THE RSG IS PRESENT.

hopefully you've clicked next by now and are all set!

kris.
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That is it.  I wondered about that, but was not sure, and with the entire company running off the .edb, I thought it best to ask just to be safe.
Thanks for the help!
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