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Exchange 2003 restore

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?


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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 ..
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?
Thanks for the points.
Did you end up using a 3rd party product or telling the user to recreate the DLs/Contacts?
nachtmskAuthor Commented:
I used the third party product you suggested. Thanks!
Thanks for the update

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