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How to restore emails from Exchange 2003 running under Windwos Small business Server 2003 from a Windows backup file.

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One of my staff accidentally delete one sub folder under her outlook inbox and loss couple of emails.
Our email serve is ecahnge 2003 running under OS small business server 2003.
Our daily backup is using windows backup *.bfk from integrated backup way of Windows SBS2003.

How can I restore those emails from my daily backup? Thanks.

Justin
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check the properties of your mailbox store for deleted item retention
if that is configured enable the DumpsterAlwaysOn registry key to recover the messages
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Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
Locate and then click the following registry subkey:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Exchange\Client\Options
On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
Type DumpsterAlwaysOn, and then press ENTER.
Double-click DumpsterAlwaysOn.
Type 1 in the Value data area, click Decimal in the Base area, and then click OK.
Close Registry Editor.
Restart Outlook.
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Can I use that way on her workstation although the deleting action happened 2 weeks ago? Thanks.
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what is the deleted item retention on the mailbox store?
properties and limits tab
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if it is less than 14 days, you will need to use the recovery storage group with a backup from 2 weeks ago

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/824126
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You can if the retention time was already enabled on the server.  I think starting with Exchange 2007 it's on by default, but don't quote me on that.

If the store has retention time configured, in Outlook 2007 (and I believe 2003, though for 2003 you might have tod o the registry hack) you can just click Tools and Recover Deleted Items
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Thank you, AlwaysOn IT. My staff tried tools recovery right away when she deleted the emails. It did not work at that time. I think it maybe she deleted whole sub-folder under inbox which contain more emails. I double checked with her. I cannot use the tools recover for sure. Thank you for the help.

I have to go with restore from exchange backup.

Justin
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