find old emails

Hi Experts,
my boss asked me to find old emails from 2009.
I checked his pst files but without success.
I always have a monthly and a yearly backup.
Is there a way how to recover old sent items ?
We use symantec, how to recover old sent items to another temporary outlook account ?
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GrahamLawsCommented:
If not in *.ost or *.pst (e.g. archive.pst) locally then only way is finding an old backup of archive.pst (if it was called that) once you've found the file you can just restore to a network location and then re-attached it to Outlook client to search / index.

There are no other message stores other than exchange mailbox and archive.
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Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
what about old emails and backup from my exchange server ?
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Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
can I also attach a ost file like a pst file ?
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GundogTrainerCommented:
Depending on your backup software you should be able to restore the mailbox to another account so you can open it and check whats there. What versio nof backup exec and Exchange are you using ?

The issue you may come across is how many restores you may need to perform.
As in if the user deleted all there sent items then you would need to recover from before this date and there may well be some gaps as I doubt you have kept 2 years of full monthly\weekly backups !

You cant open ost files without a 3rd party product like "Kernel OST to PST".
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Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
I use Symantec backup 12.5 and Exchange Server 2007.
Yes I have the weekly monthly and yearly tapes.

Is it possible to restore the whole mailbox to another account ?
Without destroying the account of the user ?

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Sigurdur HaraldssonSystem AdministratorCommented:
You must create a Recovery database and restore to that one. Then you can export the emails you want to a pst and import to the normal one. You'll find the information you need here: http://www.symantec.com/connect/articles/how-restore-exchange-2007-mailbox-store-tape-using-backup-exec-12
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Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
Hi sighar:
This article is really good.
But when I have restored the mailbox to the recovery group, how to restore the singles mails from one person ?
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Sigurdur HaraldssonSystem AdministratorCommented:
I've tried to use the following cmdlet but it failed so I don't know firsthand if it really works:

Restore-Mailbox -Identity Scott -RecoveryDatabase MyRecoveryDatabase -SubjectKeywords "Meeting" -ContentKeywords "business" -IncludeFolders \Inbox,\Calendar

However, I did manage to restore the mailbox to the user with this one:

Restore-Mailbox -Identity Scott -RecoveryDatabase MyRecoveryDatabase -RecoveryMailbox John -TargetFolder Recovery

and the user got his mail and then just deleted the restored mailbox (it shows up under the name you give it, in the above case it's "Recovery".

More info at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb125218.aspx 
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Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
I found out the problem is  y backed up exchnage files are from exchange 2003.
Now we use exchange 2007.
A restore is not possible anymore.
I have now running a old exchange 2003 server.
Do you have a recovery manual for it with symantec 12.5 ?
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Sigurdur HaraldssonSystem AdministratorCommented:
I found this: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/823176 and this: http://searchexchange.techtarget.com/tip/How-to-back-up-and-restore-Exchange-data-with-recovery-storage-groups

I guess restore with symantec is the same, it shouldn't matter if you're restoring Exchange 2003 or 2007. It matters whether you're working with Exchange 2003 or 2007 database after the restore.
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Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
It seems my old exchange server is not online anymore.
When I open the system manager of my old exchange server 2003, and I go to the
EXCHANGE ADMINISTRATIVE GROUP, then I just see my new exchnage server 2007.

SO, how it is possible to restore mails to this server ?
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Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
I need to restore data from the time I had my exchange2003.
Last year I had a upgrade to exchange 2007.
All mailboxes are transfered to the actual exchange2007.

But now I need to restore mails and calender entries from 2003 to the new 2007 environment.
How I gonna do this ?
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Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
In my backup exec 12.5 I have also another problem.
My old exchange server 2003 had the name exchangeserver02.
The new exchange server has the name exchange02

When I now start a restore, and I select exchangeserver02, I cannot test the credentials.
This ends in an error. How to fix this ?
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Sigurdur HaraldssonSystem AdministratorCommented:
I think you need to either setup the Exchange 2003 again or

Try restoring to another server. If you could get the mailboxes into a recovery database then perhaps you can mount them. If not then I think you need to either setup the Exchange 2003 again.

>When I now start a restore, and I select exchangeserver02, I cannot test the credentials.
>This ends in an error. How to fix this ?
Well, it depends on the error, doesn't it? Is this happening when you're selecting a server to restore to? Try another location.
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Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
When I restore to any location the credential check has to be done.
The old servername is exchangeserver02 but it seems the backup always tries to check credentials to this server.
But it is now offline.
I don't know how to go on.
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Sigurdur HaraldssonSystem AdministratorCommented:
Can you use domain\administrator instead, that is change the name from the exchangeserver02 to your domain name?
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Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
I can choose this name.
But for what is this check ?
Checks it if the server is available ?
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Sigurdur HaraldssonSystem AdministratorCommented:
It shouldn't matter if the server is online or not. Can you restore if you change the name?
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Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
I used a 3rd party program from Ontrack.
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Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
Done.
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