We have exchange 2000 and 2003 servers in our mixed envoirnment.
Few weeks ago, we had accidently deleted a user with his mailbox from AD, this user was on exchange 2000. The rentention period for mailbox is set to 0 days on exchange 2000 so can't recover it from this way.
We do backup exchange 2000 using backupexec system on tapes and we have a backup of that mailbox and mailbox store.
Now i want to restore that mailbox, so i would like to know what is the best possible practicle way to restore that mailbox.
In my envoirnment, exchange 2000 and 2003 servers are not in the same admin groups so probably i can't use recovery storage group feature of exchange 2003 in order to restore that mailbox as per this article. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/824126
However we have migrated all the mailboxes from exchange 2000 to exchange 2003 so currently there are no live mailboxes in exchange 2000 so we are not really worried if something goes wrong during restore of the mailbox to the storage group of exchange 2000 as we dont have any mailbox on exchange 2000 but the reason we are using exchange 2000 is because the exchange connectors are still going through this exchange 2000.
Now i really want honest opinion how can i achive this?