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Exchange 2010 Mailbox Recovery

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On my test production Exchage 2010 server I used DPM 2010 to backup a mailbox. I then when in a deleted the mailbox.
I Create a Recovery DB and used DPM 2010 to restore the mailbox..

I'm trying to use the "Restore-Mailbox" command but it's not working becuase the deplayname of mthe mailbox have multiple spaces. I haev tried quotes but it doesn like it ..

please help
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AkhaterSolutions Architect
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can you share the exact command you are running and the exact error
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When I click on the link listed I get an internal DB error..

I'm trying to restore the mailbox using the following sytax

Restore-Mailbox -Identity John A Smith -RecoveryDatabase MyRecoveryDatabase

The problem is that my mailbox has spaces..

Also since this is my first time doing this in 2010 where will my mailbox be restored to?? How can I access it or attach to it?
Rick HobbsRETIRED
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Try putting the name in quotes.  "John A Smith"
JamesSenior Cloud Infrastructure Engineer
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Try John_A_Smith
AkhaterSolutions Architect
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the command should be

 Restore-Mailbox -Identity "John A Smith" -RecoveryDatabase MyRecoveryDatabase


however in your OP you said you already tried quotes so i need the EXACT error to know how to help

please copy paste the error or take a screenshot

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Ok stupid question but in order for me to restore a delete mailbox in Exchange 2010 do i have to create an empty mailbox to restore to???

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Update!!!
The error message I get even when typein in the user name JOhn A Smith as "John A Smith" or John_A_Smith comes back with the message Specific user John A Smith not found in Recovery DATAbase yet when I type in the Get-Statastics command I see the mailbox Display Name listed???

What am I doig wrong?? Why is restore a delet mailbox in 2010 so complicated!!!!!  
AkhaterSolutions Architect
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I wrote tutorials on this so please read them carefully as I hope one will help you solve your issue

http://www.zerohoursleep.com/2010/06/single-mailbox-recovery-in-exchange-2010-classic/
http://www.zerohoursleep.com/2010/06/single-mailbox-recovery-in-exchange-2010-magic/


let me ask one more question you delete the whole user or just its mailbox ?? if you have deleted the user then you need the second article

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Thanks I have tried both links you listed and still not luck..

When I deleted the mailbox I forgot which user account it was assoicated with even?

HELP!!!

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If exchange 2010 is support to be so much better that why is it so hard to restore a deleted mailbox?
Why would you have to change the GUID's as stated in your article..

BTW, when I run the Get-MailboxStat command what is the System Mailbox that shows up???

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PLEASE PLEASE HELP I HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THIS ONE MAILBOX RESTORE FOR 2 WEEKS NOW..

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Interesting finding....
My Recovery DB has two mailboxes listed. Which show up with I do a Get-MailboxStatistics command..

To matter if I type in the display name, GUID  etc.. of the specific mailbox it keep stating the user "bla" could not be found in the recover DB..

When I tried to recovery all items in the Recovery DB is did run but only saw the other mailbox???

Bad backups? Missing user account???

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