Restore Exchange from disk image data

Posted on 2011-05-03
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
Hi all,

I've had the worst 24hrs and it is far from over!

I have SBS 2008. The RAID5 arrary was degraded so I replaced the HDD. Hotswapping seemed to not be the best thing to do as the server froze and the already degraded array broke.

I have 'rebuilt' the server from a windows server backup but it is a couple of days old (and I am yet to test it).

I have also been able to recover the data from the broken array. This is the most current data I have.

Can I restore exhange from the array data on the system restore that I have?

If not, can I do anything with the mail and calendar items that are stored on the PCs of the users, i.e. put them back into exchange to make up for the couple of days lost?

Many thanks, Warren
Question by:Warren_R
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    Expert Comment

    if you have the current database files, you can
    dismount the database
    restore them over the old one
    from the database properties , select this database can be over written by restore
    mount database agin

    Author Comment

    Forgive the question, but where is the database and what instance does SBS call it? Assuming it's SQL?
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    Accepted Solution

    No the database is a file Exchange uses it is not SQL You can name it pretty much whatever you want.

    For example one server I manage it is here. File file name is "Mailbox Database.edb"

    E:\Exchange_Data\First Storage Group\Mailbox Database.edb

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