How to recover mailboxes from a edb file into exchange 2010

Posted on 2011-10-07
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Need help with importing mailboxes from a edb file which was used in a SBS 2011 migration failure. I have started a new system rebuild and scrap the migration path. I Already demoted the old exchange server so I cant recover the old edb files but i kept the new 2010 edb file.

I can restore the old server but I don't have the time to mess around with restoring the image.

I had a reply from an other post which was How to recover mailboxes from a ophaned database?

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    Since you've chosen to scrap the migration, using a recovery storage group is not an option. That only works if The same AD infrastructure that hosted the original database is still intact. New AD and the database will not mount.

    You have two choices:

    1) restore a backup of the original OS then export mailboxes to pst files using outlook or exmerge, then import.

    2) use a 3rd party tool or service to export pst files from the database file and manually import.

    Either way, there is no way to export or extract emails from the database file natively using built in tools on a new OS install.

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    As mentioned by 'cqaliher' your best option is to go for 3rd party tool or service to export pst files from the database file and manually import.

    I apologize as I did not notice about demotion on DC
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    If you are planning on exporting mailboxes using Exmerge, do keep in mind that in order to perform a selective recovery you need to follow the two-step merge procedure. Once the selected files are exported from the .edb file, you need to disable selective recovery for importing into PST.
    If you are looking for third party tools, choose a solution from a well known company and test the free trial to judge the competency of the tool.

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