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Need to recover email from backed up Exchange database

Hi all,

I have a client whose Windows 2003 Small Business Server crashed -- motherboard problem and it's not worth fixing. They've been dutifully backing up their Exchange database every night using NTBACKUP, so I have a copy of the most recent backed up database.

My problem is...I have no idea what to do with it! They're a fairly small organization and have decided to NOT replace the server -- they've signed up with a hosted Exchange service.

So I won't ever have a server with the same configration back. Even if they did buy a new server, it would be runnign Windows 2008.

I have a Windows 2003 Standard Edition server in my office, but when I try to restore the Exchange backup, it's looking to restore it to an Exchange installation.

Is there a relatively easy way to just get the emails out of there in PST format? Maybe even a service for hire to do something like that?

Thanks,

Tom
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Are you able to restore the actual exchange database / log files to disk?
There are applications you can get to convert the database to PST files but you'll need to restore the database first.
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I've seen the applications that can convert EDB to PST, which I'd like to use. I'm trying to figure out how to restore the files to disk, though.

Could I be using the NTBACKUP restore feature incorrectly? When I start it and catalog the Exchange backup file, I can see the Logs, Mail Store and Public Store folders. When I check the boxes to restore, the path and Browse button get grayed out and a dialog box opens up with a server name to restore to. I don't currently have an Exchange installation -- is that the bad news? That I need to create an Exchange 2003 environment to restore to?

Thanks,

Tom
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OK, thanks everyone. I guess the part I was hoping to avoid was to build a server just for restoring the data, but it looks like that's the route I'll have to take.

Tom