Restore Mailbox

What is the best way to restore several months worth of mailboxes to a Recovery Storage Group?  I am new to Exchange and from what I have read, the restored mailbox will be in a disconnected state.  Can I create an AD account and connect the mailbox to that account and then create a pst?  For the next months restore...will it write over the first restore?  The users are currently active and we don't want them to be disturbed by the restore.
tuyeAsked:
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Syed Mutahir AliTechnology ConsultantCommented:
after mounting the recovery storage group, you can create a new mailbox to restore items into from your recovery storage group

Restore-Mailbox -RSGMailbox "OLD MAILBOX NAME" -RSGDatabase exchangeservername\"recovery storage group"\"mailbox database" -id New Mailbox Username -TargetFolder RSG

either create the "RSG" (target folder name or any folder name of your choice before and then try)

I had a problem when doing that, so I had to create the folder and then the command worked, once it created the folder for me :-) don't know why.
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Glen KnightCommented:
Once you have mounted the store in a Recovery Storage Group you will need to then use the restore-mailbox command to recover the data into an existing mailbox.
See here for more information: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa997694(EXCHG.80).aspx
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tuyeAuthor Commented:
Where do I create the RSG folder?  Can I name the AD account and restored mailbox something different from the original name?
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Glen KnightCommented:
You can restore to a different mailbox if you would prefer.
The link I have given you provides instructions on how to create the RSG and how to restore the mailbox to either the same or a different mailbox.
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Syed Mutahir AliTechnology ConsultantCommented:
The link demazter has provided will give you all info.

you can create a new mailbox (call it whatever you like)
then if you are just restoring ONE mailbox, dont create any folder inside that mailbox, or if you are restoring old items for different users you can create folders for them under "new mailbox > inbox > useritems"

useritems would be the folder for the following switch :  -TargetFolder RSG
so basically you are substituting "RSG" in my example to something else as per your liking.

Yes you dont have to create the mailbox exactly as the old name as you are restoring content out of it into a dfiferent mailbox.

Go through the article demazter posted and then use the command to restore contents from your recovery storage group into your newly created mailbox for old items.

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tuyeAuthor Commented:
Thank you so much for your response to this.  It gives me a great starting point.
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tuyeAuthor Commented:
To redirect a restore to another server which has the RSG configured on it, do I need to create storage groups with the same name as the storage groups being restored?
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Glen KnightCommented:
You would need to mount the edb in an RSG on the server you want to restore a mailbox to.
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tuyeAuthor Commented:
So I have a storage group called RSG with a database called RecoveryDB on a different server from where the backup took place.  I am restoring Storage Group 12.  Do I need to create a Storage Group 12 db on the RSG?  I will mount the edb before the restore as you stated.
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Glen KnightCommented:
The mailstore needs to be restored. To the same server that the original store is.
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Glen KnightCommented:
Have you followed the technet article?
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Syed Mutahir AliTechnology ConsultantCommented:
you will restore your mailbox database on to a server which has exchange installed in a different location

now in your production or test exchange server, you will then use the EMC > TOOLS > Recovery storage options etc

to mount that restored database into a "Recovery Storage Group"

Once the database is mounted successfully, you will then use Powershell to restore mailbox or mailboxes.

You can create a template or test mailbox called "MYRestores"

within that you can then restore to different folders for different users.

hope that helps
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tuyeAuthor Commented:
Forgive my newness to all of this.  We discoverd the option in the backup software to restore to a Recovery Storage Group.  It is now not detecting the RSG.  Thank you for your patience.
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tuyeAuthor Commented:
I keep reading that you should name your recovery storage group the same as production.  We named it RSG and the mailbox database is called RecoverySG.  Is this ok?  Our goal is to restore a mailbox from a year ago so we are restoring the storage group the mailbox is in to the RSG on another server.  The restore is failing and I hope I have the RSG setup correctly.  
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tuyeAuthor Commented:
Found an answer to the storage group issue.  Symantec was very helpful.
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tuyeAuthor Commented:
I have restored the storage group but now it will not mount.  Status is blank.  I am trying to mount thru the toolbox utility Database Management utility.  Any suggestions??
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tuyeAuthor Commented:
I hate to sound so pitiful but I really need help.  I have created the RSG and was able to restore the storage group.  I tried to use the toolbox, Database Management utility to Copy/merge the restored mailbox and it says the Mailbox Database is not mounted.  I checked thru EMC and it says it is mounted.  Very frustrated.  It should not be such a difficult process.  
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phrontisteCommented:
http://www.petri.co.il/using_rsg_in_exchange_2007.htm

Exchange Management console > ToolBox > Database Recovery Management

Manage Recovery Storage Groups > Mount or Dismount databases in Recovery Storage Groups

You will then be able to mount the database you have restored from backup in the recovery storage group.

You then use the commands provided to restore the mailboxes you want.

have a read through of the link from www.petri.co.il   - it is about recovery storage groups
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tuyeAuthor Commented:
Yes, I have read the link and when I try to mount the database using the method you described I get the following error, Unable to mount Mailbox Database(hr=0x80004005, ec=550).
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MichaelOBrienCommented:
This looks like an old thread, but depending on how you do the restore, the logs may or may not be played back.  You could run eseutl to see if you can fix the restored db and then get it mounted.

Usually the backup software would provide a way to play the logs for you.
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tuyeAuthor Commented:
Thanks for responding.  It was necessary to run eseutl and you are correct, I was able to mount the database.  Our backup software did provide a way to play the logs.
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MichaelOBrienCommented:
Pure Sweetness. Glad you were able to get it, and thanks for the points, those are my first!
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