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mailbox restore after the orginal mailbox location changed

 

 Consider the following scenario.

 1-March-2011  
 User mailbox location :EX01\SG1\
 mailbox name: abi
 backup completed on 1/march/2011
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 10-March-2011
 user mailbox has been moved to : EX02\SG2
 mailbox name :abi
 
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 now user wants the deleted item on 1/march/2011
 
 usually first we will check the user mailbox location :currently its in EX02\SG2
 i tried to restore the backup of EX02\SG2 on 1-march-2011
 but i failed to get the user deleted data because when taking the backup user mailbox was in EX01\SG1

 in this situation what is the possible resolution ??
 1) any software is availble to track the mailbox moved history.
 2) if the mailbox is moved any soution to restore ?
     Can we again move back the user mailbox to EX01\SG1 , and restore , will this work ???
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Abhilaash
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Abhilaash
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chakkoCommented:
Which backup program do you use?

I think you should be able to restore from the backup EX01\SG1 and in the process choose an alternate location for the mailbox - try to select the new mailbox location as the destination.  Another option you could try is to create a new temporary account/mailbox (on EX01\SG1) such as userrestore and then use that as the alternate restore location.  

As for moving the mailbox back to the original location, then try to restore again - I think that should work also.
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PostmasterCommented:
You can restore to a Recovery Storage Group the whole database from backup.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa997260(EXCHG.80).aspx

Open the Database Recovery Management tool from the console.
Then you can use "merge or copy mailbox contents" to drop the recovered data into that users mailbox (or an admin mailbox).

Just choose the advanced options and tick "match all source mailboxes to a single destination mailbox" - include the alias of the mailbox - perhaps even make a new mailbox called "RestoreMail".
Provide a suitable name for a sub-folder, this will be created automatically.

Then select the mailbox data to be restored and all will fall into place.
This can then be moved or exported to PST - whatever you want.
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SaadAhmedFarooquiCommented:
If you are using outlook, there is option 'recover deleted items' in the tools menu, deleted items are retained by exchange server for 45 days maybe you are in luck and can restore emails from there.
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AbhilaashAuthor Commented:
i want to know the exact soution, Its not like "recover deleted items " from outlook, hope you know that when we go for restore from backup ,its when the retention period is over !!!
we have around 30 more mailbox servers , to find out whether the user maibox moved recently to any Mailbox server or not . How to track this history,  ihave heard about some third party tools for getting this history . Do you guys know anything about it ?  
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second clarification:
the first answe suggest by chakko is somewhat good , thanks.
      Which backup program do you use? (its HP DPM )
Resolution :1
I think you should be able to restore from the backup EX01\SG1 and in the process choose an alternate location for the mailbox - try to select the new mailbox location as the destination.
    ( as you said i can restore the backup of EX01\SG1 to EX02\RSGSTORE  and create Recovery storage group in EX02 and mount the database where the user mailbox resides.  )
   i think this will be a good solution  ( could you please confrom this case  once again )
Resolution : 2

 Another option you could try is to create a new temporary account/mailbox (on EX01\SG1) such as userrestore and then use that as the alternate restore location. (this case we need to give PST to user,its never merge into user mialbox)
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chakkoCommented:
Resolution 1:   You can try this.  Does your backup have a 'Brick / Document level feature for Exchange'?  ArcServe calls it that - it is a feature where you can backup/restore single mailboxes or even just single folders inside of the mailbox.  Backup Exec I think it's called Granular Restore.

Resolution 2:  yes you will have to manually merge.  My suggestion of a temporary mailbox is for the case you have the 'brick level' feature in your backup.  If you don't have that you need to restore to a Recovery group
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