SBS 2008 Crash, Exchange recovery

Posted on 2011-05-05
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Hi all

Please can someone provide some guidance.

I have a client who's SBS 2008 crashed and I was forced to reload and transfer to alternative hardware. I could only retrieve the data from the old drives, and also copied the exchange folder.

I was able to quickly export the public folders to a PST before disjoining and re joining the domain.
I also did this for all the mailboxes. Everything seemed fine for two weeks but now the client states
that there was an archive folder inside the public folders. I have checked that it is not a normal Archive Pst folder.

I now have this backup with the exchange database etc. Can someone please shed some light  for me on how to retrieve this.

I know I have to somehow open the mailstore and then connect to it, but not sure how to do this.

Thanks in advance
Question by:DeonLubbe
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    Accepted Solution

    Your options would be to do a disaster recovery to a test server that is NOT on your current network and then if you can get it back up and running then you can export to PST.  Other option would be to find a 3rd party tool that can open the copy/backup of the Public database you have.  Try some different searches in Google, or Bing like Export Exchange Public Folder Database or Export Exchange Offline Public Folder Database or Open Offline Exchange Public Folder Database or Recover from Offline Exchange Public Folder Database
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    Expert Comment

    Oops pressed submit too soon.  The other option that I would normally recommend would be to use the MS Recovery Storage Groups, but alas they do not support public folders :-(

    Author Comment

    Hi there thanks for your input.

    I now have a test server up and running, I copied the exchange folder from the old backup and now I am going to try and restore it manually, then connect to the box using a user account and see if i can extract it.

    Will keep you posted.

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    Expert Comment

    Excellent news and thanks for the points

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