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Restore Calendar in Exchange 2003

How would I restore a user's calendar in Exchange 2003, from a backup tape?

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zelron22Commented:
It depends on how you backed it up.  If you did a brick level backup, then you can restore individual items, or the user's mailbox.

If you just backed up the entire store, then you need to restore the entire store (overwriting the existing one) or restore it to a restore store (which can be set up in Exchange 2003) or create (on a separate network) an entire copy of your existing domain, exchange server, etc. and restore to that.

Finally, if the user has a PDA that they synched their calander to, you could set the sync software to overwrite the calendar with the PDA calender.
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jkocklerAuthor Commented:
Great thanks.. Could you be more specific on what the individual items would be called and where in the directory structure of exchange?  If I can see it in system manager then I'm sure I can find it in the backup.  
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jkocklerAuthor Commented:
It looks like it is just the store... How do I restore to a "restore store" and get the calendar moved over to the main store?
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jkocklerAuthor Commented:
I found an article on using a restore store but again, once I have that store in place, what are the user's calendars called and where are they?  Will I have to restore the entire mailbox or can I do just the calendar?  When I merge the restore store with the main info store, will the user lose all e-mail since the back up of the store?
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tntmaxCommented:
You have to exmerge out the entire user's contents to PST, then open the PST in Outlook, and copy out the Calendar.
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zelron22Commented:
Or import the calendar from the PST created by exmerge.

I would definitely explain to the user how much work this is going to be.  Some users will actually say, "Oh, it's not that important...just reminders to change my socks every couple of weeks".
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jkocklerAuthor Commented:
If it were only that simple.  This user has their entire life for the next 5 years in the damn calendar and they are crying like I smashed their knee in a vice.

Now, when you say "copy out the calendar" , how exactly do I do that?  With export and export?    

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tntmaxCommented:
You can take the exported PST and open it in Outlook, then copy the calendar. Alternatively, you can just do a normal file import and import just the Calendar. Regardless, if you go with a recovery storage group, the only way to access the data is with Exmerge.
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jkocklerAuthor Commented:
Done!  Thanks a million, guys!
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