exchange data recovery

i'm pretty sure the answer is no but here goes. I need to recover data from the raw edb file from a crashed exchange 03 server that has crashed and is not going to be rebuilt. Is it possible to recover a users data from the edb to pst or any other way?
wjevans69Asked:
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DmitriyCommented:
You could try commercial solutions.  I am not sure if this will help, but have a look at the following:
http://edb-recovery.qarchive.org/
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Alan HardistyCo-OwnerCommented:
The Rolls Royce of solutions is OnTrack Power Controls but cheaper solutions are available that can extract data from an .EDB file without the need for an Exchange server but you are talking about several hundred dollars in cost.
http://www.filesland.com/companies/Nucleus-Data-Recovery/Exchange-EDB-Recovery.html - $299 (linked to above by Dmitriy)
http://www.stellarinfo.com/edb-exchange-server-recovery.htm - $599
http://www.ms-exchange-server-recovery.com/ - $599
http://www.officerecovery.com/exchangeserver/index.htm - $799
http://www.ontrackpowercontrols.co.uk/exchange-solutions/email-exchange-recovery/ - No price - so bound to be scary!
 
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Alan HardistyCo-OwnerCommented:
I have personally used OnTrack Power Controls and can vouch for it's effectiveness - it cost me about $900 8 (
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Hypercat (Deb)Commented:
I agree with alanhardisty about Ontrack being a bit expensive, but it is a tool that can be used for many other purposes than just recovering an old Exchange database.  Its true power is that you can use it easily to recover a single email or mailbox(es) from any .edb file, public or private Exchange store. So, if you have a backup solution that backs up the entire Exchange database and you need to recover a single mailbox, you can skip all of the Exchange recovery storage group nonsense. Just restore a copy of the .EDB file and logs to an alternate location, then use Ontrack to mount the database and recover the data that you need.  In addition, it can be used as an archiving solution because you can search and extract emails from backups of the Exchange database and/or from PST files.  If you have any of these needs and don't yet have an alternate solution, it's definitely worth a look.
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paragonsubroCommented:
I used ontrack a couple of years ago, was very expensive ($500)

Until recently I thought that was the only way to recover from an offline information store file but I was mistaken.

MS Support assited me just as recently as 2 months ago to restore an individual mailbox from a offline EDB file. They created a recovery storage group, then mounted the recovery storage group and then used mailbox extract command to recover one user's mailbox to a PST file. The problem here was that we needed the 10 correct transaction log files and it took a couple hours of trial and error before the correct transaction log files were referenced in the power shell commands and the recovery started to work.


You have a choice you can pay $500 for ontrack or you can pay about $270 and spend a couple of hours on the phone with MS and they will help you recover it. Here is some links:


Getting the recovery storage group (the exchange database file that you are referring to) mounted was the hardest part but after that it was pretty straight forward commands.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/824126/

http://www.petri.co.il/using_rsg_in_exchange_2007.htm

http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Working-Recovery-Storage-Groups-Exchange-2007.html
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wjevans69Author Commented:
paragonsubro wouldn't this require a server with exchange installed on it?
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paragonsubroCommented:
wjevans: You are correct my solution would require not only an exchange server but also a server that is part of the same domain the original server was a member of. If that is not an option for you at this point, ontrack may be your only bet. 2 years ago to recover a few gigs and 2 mailboxes worth of data it cost me $500 with ontrack but the program was all gui based and worked really well.

You can check with them the current pricing structure.
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wjevans69Author Commented:
Yeah i'm looking into ontrack but it's cost now is more like $1000 and this exchange server is no longer a production server. It died and all i have is a backup of the data. They are now hosting exchange offsite with a data center.
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Alan HardistyCo-OwnerCommented:
For the short term recovery, you could simply build a PC as a server, stick Exchange on it (named exactly the same as the old Exchange server) and then mount the .EDB files into a Recovery Storage Group and then extract the mail from there.
Once you have your data, remove exchange, demote the server and take it off the domain.
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paragonsubroCommented:
Per MS:

The database you are recovering must be on a server that is a member of the same administrative group as the server running the recovery storage group (if the database is from a different administrative group, the restore operation will not succeed).
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wjevans69Author Commented:
Does it actually have to be on the domain? The old server was a 2003 small business server and was the domain controller. They are going to put in a new domain controller soon but in the mean time can i just build a "fake" domain controller and set it up just like the old server and do exactly what you described? When i'm done i can just format and rebuild it without exchange and then restore all the user data since it will just be a file server? This way I shouldn't even need to connect it to the network.
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Alan HardistyCo-OwnerCommented:
You can build yourself a PC with SBS on it, in a lab environment (off the domain) and then recover the Exchange data, then you can blow away the PC and rebuild it as a PC again.
It does not have to touch the domain, you don't need the hardware of a Server and you don't need the software either.
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wjevans69Author Commented:
Thanks very much. It's probably going to be a week or so before I get to try this but I have a clear idea of what needs to be done now. I'll let you know how it goes.
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Alan HardistyCo-OwnerCommented:
Good luck.
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Ady FootSharePoint ConsultantCommented:
This question has been classified as abandoned and is being closed as part of the Cleanup Program.  See my comment at the end of the question for more details.
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