I have an employee that is no longer with the company. The employee was not very happy about leaving, so all the mail in their particular mailbox was deleted. The deleted emails retention setting in System Manager had been turned off, so i cannot use this feature to recover deleted items. I've read that i need to perform a restore of the edb to another server from a good backup, but i do have questions. I've completed an install of server 2003 standard and exchange 2003 on another box to use for restoring. But i've read conflicting reports about the configuration of the server and exchange. Do these two need to be exactly the same configuration as the current exchange server? Be mindful that the current exchange box is currently functioning without issue.