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Microsoft Exchange 2003 / SP 1 Storage Recovery Group setup specifications and instructions

bernardb asked
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Last Modified: 2010-03-06
How can I recover a Microsoft Exchange 2003 / SP1 single users mailbox from backup tape? I don't have a server to build a 2nd box to restore exchange to, I don't have enough space on the present box to restore a database equal to the one that's on it now (I don't have free space equal to the size of the database). I have never tried setting up the "Exchange Server Storage Recovery Group", nor do I have step by step instructions to do it. It's a little scary trying something on our production box. Can anyone give me a suggestion or preferably step by step instructions...I need help
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Stacy SpearPresident/Principal Consultant

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Possible litigation at the company I work for...they were asking what it would take for me to recover one users mailbox from our backup tapes. The IT Manager quit a week ago and this has come up.
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Thanks darkstar3d, but do you have anything free that will work? I work for a non-profit and it's sometimes like pulling teeth to get money....I don't want to be blamed for the last manager's mistake.

I'm assuming the mailbox you are trying to recover was deleted over 30 days ago.  If not read this article:

If you have to use the Exchange Recovery tool here is a long Microsoft KB article.  If you don't have space to do the recovery on your existing hard drive you may want to get an external hard drive that you can connect to the server temporarily to do this.  
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No I don't. They are reasonable folks, I'd call and ask about special pricing because of your status.

Hi. There are also service bureaus that do that sort of thing. Some of them are reasonable concerning non-profits and will reduce their rates.  I could mention one in particular, but that might violate the site's SPAM rules.


CTM99....bbarnett@mcpmail.com, Thanks

There are also service bureaus that do that sort of thing. Some of them are reasonable concerning non-profits and will reduce their rates.  I could mention one in particular


Ok, thans darkstar3d, I'll give them a call


I'm waiting for a quote from Quest for their software.  Question; If I used MS native recovery storage group, do you need space that's equal to the size of the Exchange database when you use the recovery storage group?
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