Exchange 2003 restore

Posted on 2011-04-25
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I have a recent backup from Exchange 2003. I would like to restore it.
Here is the trick though.
I have already removed Exchange 2003 from the server (we migrated to a new 2010 server) and disconnected the server from the network.
I'd rather not re-introduce Exchange 2003 back into our network (not sure if I even can) ,but what I need to do is recover a users contact list from the old backup.
Is it possible for me to pull the backup and restore it to a fresh install on Exchange 2003 here in my lab BUT not have AD recreated the same way it was? I had over 150 users in AD at the time. I really don't want to have to type them all in again. I'd like to just recreate the one user who's contact list I am trying to recover.
(In truth, it's not even his contact his, it's a distribution list he created in OWA 2003 that did not move correctly across to Ex2010.

Any suggestions? Can this be done?
Is there some other way I can pull the contact info for this person from the file without re-installing Ex2003?


Question by:nachtmsk
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    Expert Comment

    Should be able to create a restore db and use eseutil to export the mailbox to a PST.

    If you can restore the storefiles I think you don't even need exchange ..
    LVL 31

    Accepted Solution

    The quickest way would be to use a 3rd party product like kernel EDB data recovery.

    Or why not get the user to recreate the DL?
    LVL 31

    Expert Comment

    Thanks for the points.
    Did you end up using a 3rd party product or telling the user to recreate the DLs/Contacts?

    Author Comment

    I used the third party product you suggested. Thanks!
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    Expert Comment

    Thanks for the update

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