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Is it possible to do a merge restore at the folder level?

We have a user whose terribly complex directory structure got messed up and about 2500 messages got put in the deleted items folder (believe he accidently turned on auto archiving)  He does not want to take the time to put them all back in their appropriate folder locations but can't remember the first date where these items moved to the deleted items folder.

Is it possible to do a restore to a storage group and then merge that single directory tree folder (and sub-folders of course) with his current email?

Thanks!
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by:redseatechnologies
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Exchange version?

And, what backup types have you got?
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by:jasgbair
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Wow...sorry for forgetting all the normal info that I should have included in my original post.  Busy day.

Exchange 2003 with Legato Networker.  Legato will only let me dump to a recovery storage group and from there I use exchange system manager for the recovery.
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by:redseatechnologies
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If you dump to the RSG, you can use Exmerge to get a single mailbox out of it

http://www.petri.co.il/brick_level_backup_of_mailboxes_by_using_exmerge.htm

Once you have exmerged it, you will have a PST file of the users mailbox, and you can import or drag and drop from there

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by:jasgbair
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I'm aware that I can get a single mailbox from the RSG but I'm asking if I can restore just a subset of that mailbox (single folder really) and "merge" it into the existing mailbox.  Thank you!
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by:Exchange_Admin
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Red is correct, however if the user has to correct this problem then I am fairly sure that he will not do this again.

Just stating what most admins feel when users do things like this. Unfortunately we are left to clean up their messes. lol
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by:redseatechnologies
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Exmerge the mailbox out, and you will have the WHOLE mailbox in PST format.

FROM THERE, you can open it up in outlook and take ONLY what you want, you can drag it over individually

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>>if the user has to correct this problem then I am fairly sure that he will not do this again.

Oh so true :)

I had a user that wiped out his contacts and calendar every day for a week while playing with his new phone, the solution was to say the backup was corrupt and it cannot be restored - let him sweat for an hour and then restore it.  Then, show him how to export to PST manually :))

-red
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by:jasgbair
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OH..I got it (light bulb just turned on).  Thanks for the info!  Now to search for info on exmerge usage.  
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I gave a link to how to use it above, here it is again;

http://www.petri.co.il/brick_level_backup_of_mailboxes_by_using_exmerge.htm

Make sure you have permissions to the mailbox;

http://www.petri.co.il/grant_full_mailbox_rights_on_exchange_2000_2003.htm

And here is a download link;

http://www.petri.co.il/download_exmerge.htm

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