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Possible Corrupt Emails an Mass! :( Need some clarification

Hi Experts!

We have encountered a slight problem, yesterday ourer backup exec started to fail on ourer exchange 2000, With corrupt files | bad items on alot of emails that apperently dosent exists?.

Is there a way to scan exchange database to fix this? Since backup exec is saying xx GB of emails to be backuped up and the estimate is also wrong, and it just ends with bad item.

So anyone can point me to any tools to fix an corrupt exchange database.

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stop doing bricks level backups and just back the store itself up

bricks level is bad
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Hi.

Enlighten me, Bricks level backup??? heh, is there a quick way to do manaual backup of it?
just tell BUExec to back the store itself up - don't do bricks level

it is the brick's level backup that is generating all the corrupt/bad items - store level doesn't do that

basically bricks level means you are backing up each individual mailbox, and each item therein seperately - store level just gets the store itself.

and your info store isn't corrupt - just a few items in it
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Hi Again,

So you mean this is the backup jobs? since im not quite sure where to do it, but its possible to find out ? (i would guess it would be on the Exchange page,´for the Properties of the job).

Ohh yes it looks like some items is, so by enabling store level backup it justs snaps everything and wouldent be dependent on a few corrupted items?
yes - backing the store up directly gets a snapshot of the monolithic file - not each individual items in each individual mailbox

you tell BUE what to do in the 'selections for backup' section of the exchang job definition
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Hi.
Ive just marked of the following in the selection list:

- Microsoft Exchange Mailboxes
- Microsoft Exchange public folders
- Microsoft Information Store.

Wouldent this be sufficient?
drop the mailboxes - that is your bricks level and the source of your problem
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HI abhaigh..

oh but if i drop this wouldent it pretty much mean i wouldent have any backup of any emails??
no

the store is the entire repository of mailboxes and everything - by taking the mailboxes AND the store, you are effectively backing everything up twice

if you are worrried about retrieving things people have deleted and purged by 'accident', crank up your deleted items retention settings, and configure an Outlook client with the DumpsterAlwaysOn reg key so you can get into their deleted deleted items folder and restore what they need

if anything is required that has fallen off the back, you restore the store to the recovery storage group, link the mailbox in question to a utility account, and exmerge the contents out to pst


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Hi.
Thanks so much!!  . we use shadow copy on it so they can restore their deleted mail from outlook already.

Ah bah, so we have backuped up alot of email for quite a while, would the store cover both public folders and the private mailboxes?
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Hi.
Hm, i think the problem is in ourer Public folders somewhere , so that wouldent be a good idea ? (atleast deselecting the individual mailboxes wouldl over the bricks).

So information store and the public folders is a go for this?.

As i can read from exMerge it requires a second Exchange account?  but as you mentioned an utlity account should do it.

But if my problem is the public folders ( these are quite big and old ) is there any kind of alternative to do so?
exmerge requires a priviledged account, one with full access to every mailbox

if infostore, when drilled into, shows public and private databases - that's all you need (it's been awhile since I last used BUE - so I'm working from memory)

if your problem is in the public folders - you can always identify the problem items and remove - alternatives to public folders? sharepoint
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