A user was fired but knew it was going to happen, so deleted their email from inbox and various folders. I went to their PC to see if we could recover their deleted items from any of the folders, but when I did the "tools", "recover deleted items" all of the folders showed no email messages. So I assume they were clever and they emptied the deleted items folder, then went to "tools", "recover deleted items" and highlighted all the messages and clicked the red "X" which purges the items. I did the registry modification that allows the recover deleted items from all folders, but still there are no emails to recover using the outlook method.
We have exchange 2000 sp3 and the outlook version is 2003.
How do I get these back without restoring from tape? I don't back up the bricks level so I would need to restore the entire exhcnage database to a new server and that would be a drag......