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Where are Exchange 2003 mailboxes stored

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I'm trying to recover a exchange 2003 mailbox from a tape backup and i'm having problems locating the mailbox.

Where does exchange store those mailboxes?

So I run the restore wizard via my backup software and it searches the tape but I have to manually drill down to the correct folder to select the mailbox i want to restore, but don't know where they are located.

any help would be great, or if i'm doing this wrong please let me know

Thanks
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Question by:WestonGroup
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The mailboxes are stored in the mailbox store. You are thinking of a Exchange 2000 environment where each was stored in a folder on the exchange drive. It is not that way anymore, you cannot just go in and restore a folder. this article shoud get you where you need to be.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/823176
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Depending on your backup solution there should be a location called Information Store and then if you drill down you should be able to get to your mailboxes and then to each individual users mailbox.

Microsoft Information Store > First Storage Group > Date & Timestamp Choose which date to restore from > Mailbox Store > Pick mailbox(s) to restore
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by:psilence
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First off, what backup software are you using?

The Exchange mailboxes are stored in a database file called Priv1.edb.  This is typically located in the mdbdata folder in the exchange server installation folder in the program files folder.  This location can be moved, and to find out if it was see here:
http://picobits.com/tips/2007/11/26/exchange-server-tip-database-and-log-files/

Otherwise, here are some reference points for restoring mailboxes:  

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/823176
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb123467(EXCHG.65).aspx
http://www.petri.co.il/restoring_exchange_mailbox_recovery_storage_group_part1.htm
http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Exchange_Server_2003_Mailbox_Recovery.html
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by:MrLonandB
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My guess, from your initial question, is that you have backed-up the information store (as normal) and you are now trying to recover a single mailbox. You can't. You will need to restore the information store to a recovery storage group and then ExMerge the particular mailbox out of there.

If I understand your situation correctly.
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Ok that makes sense recovering the whole information store...and then exmerging the mailbox...

How would I restore the information store to a recovery storage group?  

I'm using symentac backup exec
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http://seer.support.veritas.com/docs/264815.htm

Review that article from Symantec.
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