Recovering individual Exchange mailbox folder in Backup Exec 11d

We are using BackupExec 11d on Exchange 2003 under Windows Server 2003.  
We reached a point where our backups were taking well in to the afternoon and slowing down our network.  Our consultants were backing up all system files every night, so I created a new backup job to backup just the data on weekdays.  Two to three months later I needed to restore a mailbox, only to find there were no mailboxes listed in the recovery selection options.

As it turned out, my domain admin account does not have permissions to the top level of the information store, or something like that.  I've changed the job to use the consultants credentials, and restorations now show the individual mailboxes.  

However, we need to restore to individual mailboxes from the time period where my credentials were used.  Our consultant tells me the individual mailboxes were not backed up since I had no rights to the top level of the store, and that the only way to restore to the mailboxes is to create a second Exchange server, name it the same as the one from which the backups were taken, restore the Exchange database file, and then recover the mailboxes from the build.

Is there any other, more efficient, easier way to restore mailbox data from those backups?  We backup to tape.
NCHCITAsked:
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BembiCEOCommented:
So, in general. To be able to backup the single mailboxes, backup Exec needs permissions to the mailboxes. If this is succesfull, you can recover the mailboxes with the same account. You have to make a difference for the user, who is maintain the backup exec jobs, and the user, which is used to process the jobs. Also you need the Exchange connector licence to do that.

If the mailboxes are not saved, but only the store files, you can mount the complete store files to the Exchange Mailbox recovery option in ECM (within the tools folder of ECM). If you can mout the store, you are able to move single mailboxes as far as your account has access permissens to the store. So you may logon into the server with an account, which have permissions on exchange.
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abhaighCommented:
if you weren't backing up the bricks level you will have to restore the store itself to the Recovery Storage Group and use Exmerge to extract the required mailboxes
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NCHCITAuthor Commented:
I will look up how to perform both of these options and post thereafter whether there is success.

Thanks!
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NCHCITAuthor Commented:
Our engineer is going to try this for me once we have a full and sound system backup.  I'll check back in 2 weeks after she's given this a shot.  Thanks for the direction.
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NCHCITAuthor Commented:
These solutions were great pointers, but for someone not as experienced in the higher end usage of Backup Exec, required research to follow.
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