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Running Windows server 2003 SP1 and exchange 2003 SP2. One of our employees was fired recently for doing fraudulent activities and the CEO wants to look at his email that he deleted before he left. I need to restore his mailbox from last week and then put it in a temporary account so we can look at it. I'm using Backup exec 10d and i am doing information store backups, not brick-level. Any help? Thanks!
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G'day mate

The way I would do this would be to create a Recovery Storage Group in Exchange

Restore the Backup to the Server.  With the recovery Storage group in place the restore gets redirected to the Recovery storage group and not your Production database.

You can then use Exmerge to pull out the data for the specific account you need to look at.  From there you just add the PST to who ever's account need to peruse the mails.  This is high level overview but more info on these steps if here

http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/techinfo/tips/backuptip02.asp
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/guides/UseE2k3RecStorGrps/6166b263-eea6-4389-b8c3-1a47462e4335.mspx?mfr=true

Just a thought though do you have a deleted item retention period? I run my Exchange with 30 days.  If you have this period set why not login as the user who was fired, undelete all their emails (this puts them back into the 'seeable' area), Then just assign whoever needs to see the mail box the 'Mailbox owner permission in the Active Directory Users and Computers MMC (In exchange permissions)

Rob
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Thanks, those articles are perfect. One part that is a little hazy to me is, when i select "add database to recover", am i adding the restored database that i restored from tape? Or am i adding the existing database, because that is the only one i see.
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Actually, i guess my question is:

 when i restore the mailbox store from backup exec, where should i restore it to? The recovery storage group directory that i created?
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You restore straight from the tape using the Veritas instructions. Exchange detects the presence of the RSG and does the rest. It works very well, even I was sceptical the first time I did it.

Simon.
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I tried doing that but i get a communications error because the restore target has been lost. I did not specify anything in the destination settings in Backup Exec, should i have?
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same error happens when i set exchange redirection to my exchange server name.
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Job Completion Status
Job ended: Saturday, November 11, 2006 at 3:44:52 PM
Completed status: Failed
Final error: 0xe000fe30 - A communications failure has occurred.
Final error category: Server Errors

For additional information regarding this error refer to link V-79-57344-65072
 

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Restore- \\CCH03\Microsoft Information Store\First Storage Group V-79-57344-65072 - Connection to the restore target has been lost.  Operation canceled.
V-79-57344-65072 - Connection to the restore target has been lost.  Operation canceled.

 
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G'day mate

Not helping your current isssue with restore but was this not viable

Just a thought though do you have a deleted item retention period? I run my Exchange with 30 days.  If you have this period set why not login as the user who was fired, undelete all their emails (this puts them back into the 'seeable' area), Then just assign whoever needs to see the mail box the 'Mailbox owner permission in the Active Directory Users and Computers MMC (In exchange permissions)

Rob
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no i dont have that set. Thanks for the idea though.
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No worries, sorry to highlight it again.

Rob
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Try mounting the RSG and then dismounting it again.
Then ensure that the RSG database is marked to allow the database to be overwritten by a restore.

Simon.
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If i try to mount the database before doing the tape restore it give me a warning of:

If you mount this database before you restore it from backup, exchange will create a new checkpoint and transaction log files that are not compatible with restored databases. Are you sure you want to continue?    
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That is the RSG you are trying to mount?

Simon.
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My mistake, yes it does that. That is fine. Accept the prompt, then dismount the store. Delete the logs and checkpoint file that it has referenced.

If you are in any doubt, make sure that you are creating the RSG files in their own folder, so that you know what you are dropping and what you are not.

Simon.
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Okay i did that. Same results. I can backup any other file to the exchange server, but just not the mailbox store. Gives me that target communications issue error. It gives me a target communications issue even if i just redirect the mailbox store to a folder on the local backup server. Very odd. I guess I'll try a different tape when i go back there tomorrow. I am trying to do this remotely so i cant change the tape.
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I tried it on a different server at another company and I was able to do it, so I'll have to call Veritas for the other company. Thanks alot!
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