How do I restore Exchange data to a different storage group using Backup Express (BEX)?

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We have a need to get some Exchange data from a Backup Express backup but we do not want to overwrite our production mailbox store. When I go to restore it using BEX and try to select the new storage group that I created in Exchange, the only object in the destination (right window pane) is EXCH$LVCCEXCHVS. I can't expand this object and see either our production storage group or the new one that I created for the purpose of restoring data to. Does anyone know the "trick" or procedure to restoring Exchange 2003 data stores to a location other than it's original location using BEX?
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Rick HobbsRETIRED
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When you create the restore job, select the destination tab and select the new destination.  
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Sorry, I didn't see you were going to a different Exchange server.  No can do. Must be the an Exchange server in the same domain.  Best bet, if you have similar hardware, do a disaster recovery to the new system while not connected to your network.  If you need to,  do a swing install on the new hardware with AD and Exchange then restore to it.
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Says different storage group.

Are you trying to do this on the same server or a different one?
If it's the same server, are you using Exchange 2003 standard or enterprise?
If your only using standard you can only have one mailbox store.

The correct way to do this is using the Recovery Storage Group (RSG), see here for how: http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Recovering-Mailboxes-Exchange2003-SP1.html
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If you choose not to go the Recovery Storage Group route then there is a software solution that you can purchase to search your backed up .edb files. This solution would not require you to mount the database.

http://www.ontrackpowercontrols.com/solutions/exchange-overview/
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If you want to go the 3rd party route I would definately recomend Kernel EDB: http://www.kerneldatarecovery.com/buy-edb-email-recovery.html
Much cheaper then ontrack

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I appreciate all of the input but I think my question has more to do with Backup Express than it does with Exchange. Are any of you familiar with that process?
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Your trying to restore a mail store to an exchange server yes?
If so then you should be using an RSG no matter what product you are using.

If you only have the standard edition of exchange you can only create one store so unless you want to overwrite your existing one my instructions in the first post are still valid.

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demazter,

We are using the enterprise version of Exchange 2003 and have already created a second storage group on the same server to restore it to, but I don't see a way to point my backup software (Backup Express) to this new location.
You cannot do what you are attempting. If you want to do a live restore of a database, you must restore over top of the original. You can't have two copies of the same database in production. As previously mentioned, what you need to do is create a "recovery storage group", which is a special type of storage group that allows you to restore and mount a "non-live" copy of the database for the purpose of extracting data.

JJ

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jjmck,

My previous comment was inaccurate. I checked with my Exchange admin and the storage group that he created for this was a RSG not just a 2nd storage group. But even with this, I am unable to select anything else within BEX.
Rick HobbsRETIRED
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Take a look at this link, it explains the procedure.
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rickhobbs,

Thank you for the link, but we are not using Backup Exec. We are using Syncsort's Backup Express (www.syncsort.com). I think we have the RSG setup correctly, so I guess I am looking for additional insight on Backup Express. Thank you.
When you restore to an RSG, you don't redirect your restore to it. You tell your backup software to restore to the original location. When there is an RSG with the database you want to restore added, Exchange will automatically redirect your restore to the RSG.

If you want the exact procedure using your backup software, you should log on to the syncsort online support page and search the knowledgebase - https://www.syncsort.com/support/login.pl?req=home.htm

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Thanks for the help

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