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Exchange 2007 Recover Old Data from Backup Exec

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We recently migrated our Exchange 2007 server to an Exchange 2010 server.  I understand that our old Backup Exec 2010 backups of 2007 can not be restored to the Ex 2010 environment.

Do I have to now build an Exchange 2007 server say on a VM to recover any of this data if the need arises?  And if so, what would the steps be in the creation of this server to ensure I could point these tapes to this recreated environment?
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One thing I'm not clear about is after creating the VM with Exchange and then the RSG, after a mailbox is recovered to the RSG, how do I access the data via Outlook?  I'm assuming this is possible?

Just for grins I tried to point Outlook to the recovery instance of Exchange 2007 I just created and no matter what I enter, it resolves to our current production Exchange 2010 installation.
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1. No you cannot access the database within the RSG via Outlook.

2. If you want access to that data your best bet would be to Export the data to PST first and then you can access those via outlook to get what you want and move it into your production 2010 server

3. Alternatively if you want to be able to access raw offline databases to extract or move data into a live exchange system you would need a 3rd party product and you can check my profile for my contact and other information to discuss offline

4. I assume that you are trying to recover granular items from the past and restore them to the production Exchange server in the end, correct?
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In this particular case, I think we'd be good with getting particular mailboxes from the past (Ex 2007) into PST files and loading those into a standalone copy of Outlook.  I don't foresee a need to get these into our production 2010 system.  

So if that would be doable (#2), how would I get what I need from the RSG into a PST?
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2. Unfortunately you cannot extract directly from RSG Database so you have to go through a few steps
 
* Create a new Mailbox
** Restore content to it
*** Export it then to PST

2. Here are some other articles that will help you out as well http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2006/11/28/3397373.aspx
http://www.simple-talk.com/sysadmin/exchange/exchange-recovery-storage-groups/

3. The process above and then detailed in the article's will get what you want to do completed, the only other option would be to use a 3rd party tool to go direct from a restored offline EDB to PST and if you want to consider that check my profile for contact information.
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Thanks for your help
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Happy to assist and thanks for the points
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