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I am using Exchange 2010 on Windows Server 2008.  I have been asked to prove that an item (two contacts to be exact) was deleted and if possible who deleted it.  My guess is that they deleted it on the user's workstation that they belonged to.  So the who is probably impossible.  But I am trying to narrow down the time frame.  I am guessing there is some kind of log that should store this.  And I am guessing it is the transaction log.  But I am not sure if there is a good way to "read" them and better yet, filter them.  I have checked the security logs in Windows, but they are overwritten.  Or if I am looking in the wrong place, I would really appreciate some help.  Thanks.
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Hi mate

Have you tried using MFCMAPI?   You can download it from http://mfcmapi.codeplex.com/.  Once you've got it extracted, the following steps should show you what contacts have been recently deleted:

Open MFCMAPI and select Logon and Display Store Table (You'll need the user's profile configured for this) and select the profile you want to show.

Expand the Mailbox item, then Root Container, then Top of Information Store
Select Deleted Items, then right click on it and select Open Contents Table
Scroll across to the Message Class column, and sort by that column
Find the IPM.Contact type and see if the contact you're after shows up there, if they do:
In the bottom pane, look for the PR_LAST_MODIFIER_NAME property to find who deleted the contact.
The PR_MESSAGE_DELIVERY_TIME should then tell you when that contact was deleted (in GMT)
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That is an awesome tool!  Unfortunately it looks like the user has already put the contact back which would have altered the Last Modifier name and timestamp.  I am really grateful for this information.  But is there any other place that I might be able to find this information?  I am going to check and see if it is on my backup tomorrow morning or see if he moved it back before the backup.  (I really wish I would have been made aware of this a lot sooner).  Thanks again.
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Awesome info!  I really like the software that you showed me.  Unfortunately my employee had already modified the contact again so that last time and last modifier fields had changed.  I was hoping for more of a log.  But this is better than nothing.  Thanks!
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