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Recovery Storage Group Exchange 2007 and Exchange 2010

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We implemented Exchange 2010 about 3 months ago, and have moved all our mailboxes to exchange 2010. If we need to do a restore of a mailbox, DB, etc back from Exchange 2007 backups how can we do that. What will be the best way to do a restore? What are my options? I built a Exchange 2007 SP3 and restore a database under a Recovery Storage group, but since all our mailbox are now in Exchange 2010 I’m kind of confuse on how would it work. Any assistance will be greatly appreciated it.
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by:ThorinO
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What kind of backup did you use for Exchange 2007? What OS was the 2007 running and what is your 2010 running?
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by:CoyoteEs
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We use NetApp for backup. Exchange 07 was running on Windows Server 2003, but I was able to restore the DB under the Recovery Storage Group on a WIndows Server 2008 R2 /Exchange 2007 SP3. Exchange 2010 is running on Windows Server 2008 R2.
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by:ThorinO
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Maybe you could copy NTBackup from another 2003 server to your Exchange 2010 server. Use that to extract the EDB from the backup, then restore with something like this http://blog.chrislehr.com/2009/10/exchange-2010-recovery-scenario-1.htm?
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by:Akhater
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You CANNOT use the 2007 backups after you removed the last 2007 from your organization, you best option would be to get one of the edb to pst softwares and run it against the restored edb file to extract the mailobx
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Akhater, it is good to know. I actually have not decommissioned any of my Exchange 2007 mailbox servers yet. That is the reason I’m trying to test my options before I decommission them. According to our SLA we have to keep data back one year, but we backups our data to a different site so I added that 3rd Exchange 2007 mailbox server, but with newer OS (windows Server 2008 R2 instead of Windows Server 2003). Which is where I created a Recovery Storage Group and restored a DB to test with, but now I’m stuck I’m not sure how to extract the data from it. I have 46 mailboxes on that DB and if I can extract at least one to a pst that would be great.
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by:Akhater
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well you cannot export data from a RSG to a pst unfortunately

The more I think about it the more I find that your only option is to get one of these, expensive, edb to pst

sorry
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by:lucid8
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1. Akhater, is correct that your best bet would be to get a 3rd party tool to do export with and there are a few out there, just do a search in Google for "edb to pst"

2. The only other option would be to build a recovery network of your old 2007 Exchange Server with DC's etc from backups pre-move to 2010, however, you would need the additional hardware to do so and it would need to be completely cordoned off/disconnected from your existing network otherwise you would have major conflicts with AD etc. Once built you could recover different points in time from backup and then access it as a live server, within that network and do exports to PST, transfer to portable media and then do whats needed from there.  Of course one major issue is how to get the historical backups into the recovery network, but I suppose you could recover the backup server into private network as well and then catalog all the tapes so that you could do direct recoveries within the closed off network, or use your current network to recover to RSG but don't mount the databases and then transfer to the closed off recovery network.  

3. That said I think you would be better off to find a 3rd party tool that fits your needs
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by:paulsolov
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Are you using Snapmanager for Exchange?  If so you may be able to add the storage group through a snapshot/flexclone
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Thank you all for your suggestions. I was able to figure out a work around. I created an account “mailrestore” on the exchange 2007 and gave myself full access to it. Then I login to the “mailrestore” Outlook profile and created a folder “GSmith email” The account “Smith, Gregorio” is one of the accounts in the Recovery Storage Group. Then I run the cmlet below.

Restore-Mailbox -RSGMailbox 'smith, Gregorio' -RSGDatabase 'RSG\S' -id 'mailrestore' -TargetFolder 'GSmith Email'

After the account was restored I had two options one was to login to the “mailrestore” Outlook profile and export the folder “GSmith Email” to a .pst folder. The other one was to use the Export cmlet

Export-Mailbox -Identity gsmith@domain.com -PSTFolderPath C:\PSTFiles\GSmith.pst
Both options worked.
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by:CoyoteEs
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I was able to solved the issue and I think it could be helpful for other Admins that come accross this problem.
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by:lucid8
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Excellent, thanks for the udpate
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