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We're about to use a backup to restore an Exchange 2007 mailbox server (the SAN got corrupted)

As the backup is 2 days old, what's happen when the Exchange is back online ?  I just want to make sure the users client outlook is going to update the database and not the other way around.  I want to make sure they don't lose the email thet have received since the backup was taken.

We're using Veeam backup 4.1 and ESX 4

Thank you
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by:paulsolov
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That depends what you do with your logs.  If you comit your logs daily then you will lose two days of emails. If you don't comit your logs then you may be up to date.

What do you do with your logs is the big question
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But the backupis taking all the VM  with Veeam Backup.  I'm not sure you're talking about the same process.  
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If you are backing straight with Veeam then you are doing a copy which is normally not a good thing because your logs fill up unless you run a ntbackup or enable circular logging to clear the logs.  If you haven't enabled circular logging then you should have your logs.  

Easiest way to check is to browse the VM with file level restore and look at the logs in the mtbdata directory.  From where the logs are that is where you will be able to recover.  You probably lost two days but that's about it.  

Depending on the number of users I would back up the email using pst export to ensure that when you bring up the VM it will sync correctly, if the users have cached mode it should see that the emails are newer and sync up, but just in case the pst file will be your backup
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Yes this is what we weill be doing, using PSt export.  

Thanks for the advice
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Can you do a file level restore browser windows and see how far back your logs go
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