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Posted on 2012-03-13
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I currently running Exchange 2007. I now have a court case that requires restores from Exchange 2003. I have a Exchange 2003 server installed, but when I try to add the db to the Rec storage group - I only see the one db from the default SG. How can I add a DB to the RSG when it doesn't exist in AD?

I have to do several restores from our Exchange 2003 days - any tips/documents on how to accomplish this?

Anyone know of an easier way to get the email out of the 2003 DB's? Any utilities or programs to help?

Thanks
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Restoring Exchange the way you're trying to do is a massive pain-in-the-<insert bodypart-here>. But if all you really need are specific mailboxes from the database, a PST file would suffice - right?

If so, there are a number of products out there that will do it, but I've had a lot of success with this Nucleus Technologies product. It will allow you to pull mailboxes out, and save them as PST files, and it works great.

Good luck!
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d0ughb0y, do you know if you have to have the log files to use this utility? I was looking at MailRtriever from AppAssure for the same thing and they told me that I would have to have the log files too!! Not sure I have them.
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It's been awhile, but I'm pretty sure you do not need the log files. I didn't realize AppAssure had a product for this, but it doesn't surprise me - they have this sort of functionality in their Exchange backup module, and can get down to the individual mail message.

In any case, you can download a trial version of the Nucleus product, which will show you everything you could retrieve from the EDB files. It just won't do the actual retrieval until you pay for it.
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