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Exchange 2007 mailbox recovery

Posted on 2011-03-11
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Hi Experts,

We have a user who was deleted from AD and Exchange accidentally and we were able to get the restore working and have the mailbox but it does not restore to the original mailbox since it is no longer there. We are able to restore to another mailbox but can't seem to archive the emails to pst, it just does 265KB and then does not do anything

Meanwhile we have found her old mailbox under the disconnected mailbox group but we can't seem to associate it back to the original user. If there was a way we could restore this then that would be great. TIA
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Have you tried to the Connect Mailbox wizard on the disconnnected mailbox?

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa997182(EXCHG.80).aspx
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Yes I did take a look at that but we had to recreate a mailbox for the user yesterday which she is currently using hence the connect mailbox wizrd does not seem to work.
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I do not know of a way to merge the old with the new.

In the past I have exported the current and small account to a .PST at the client.
Then deleted her current and small mailbox from the server (after checking that the .PST was a good copy).
Then use the Connect Mailbox wizard to restore the connection for the client to the old mailbox.
then open the .PST and the restored mailbox on the client and manually move the items from the .PST into the restored mailbox at the client PC.

I hope another expert has an easier way for you, anybody??
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If you have merged the restore into a new mailbox you can use the export-mailbox cmdlet in EMS on a 32 bit computer to export the email to pst.
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Do you have .OST files on the local computers?
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Resolved successfully by restoring to an alternate mailbox
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