recover deleted mail from an SBS2008 server?

Posted on 2011-05-03
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
We have a user that has just left the company, and he has deleted all of his e-mail. He has also deleted the "deleted items" folder.

Is there anyway to recover this?

We have a backup which is secured by 2 etxernal drives which are rotated every other day. So we may not have a backup, ar ther any other ways to deal with this problem.

Any help would be appreciated.

Many thanks.
Question by:nigelbeatson
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    You could try to go to Outlook on his/her computer and go to Tools->Recover Deleted Items.  You should be able to retrieve some of the deleted data that way (provided you have retention for deleted items and it's enabled).

    Otherwise the backup restore is going to be your best bet.  You should be able to go into your backup and select just the mailbox of the user to do that


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    by:Tyler Laczko
    From the exchange server you can also recover deleted emails. Depending on your retention policy.

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    How do we check if this is possible on our SBS2008 server using Exchange Server?

    Author Comment

    I have just checked and the retention option on our exchange server has not been configured. I therefore presume this is not an option for us.

    Many thanks.
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    by:Juan Ocasio
    Crap.   You should configure it to keep deleted items for the future.  This way, if someone deletes something accidentally, you'll be able to retrieve it without pulling outthe back ups.

    I beleive the backup will be you only option in this situation.

    Good luck!

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