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Restore Exchange .edb/.stm files

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I need to pull some information out of a single mailbox for a user who has no longer been with our company for a long time. I've got a year end tape which should have a backup of Exchange with their mailbox in it. We're running Exchange 2003 with Backup Exec 2010 right now. I know I will need to catalog the tape since I've replaced my backup exec server since then which isn't a huge deal. However, what I would like to do is just restore the entire .edb and .stm files to disk and not actually restore into Exchange, is this possible or do I have to go through the whole creating a recovery store and what not in Exchange 2003?
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It may be easier to obtain software such as Ontrack PowerControls or Quest Exchange Recovery.  

Restore EDB and STM files, use the software to scan them.  Once scanned it can segregate between the different mailboxes and restore the mailbox to PST or your mail server.

Otherwise I've had issues with trying to restore older versions of databases into to a newer environment.
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I have a copy of Ontrack what my backup is on tape, what I don't know how to do is restore just the .edb/.stm file using backup exec 2010 off the tape to some random location. I've only ever done a granular restore of Exchange data with Backup Exec but that is obviously restoring directly to Exchange.
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You should be able to, I have done this before, I would give it a try, if you're doing both file level and Information Store backups of the Exchange Server it may be in there, catalog tape and check out.
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Try the redirect option and restore as files only.
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I'll look for that, thanks.
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We make a product that competes with  Ontrack and Quest and normally we tell customers that to recover their data from a Symantec backup they need to either


1.       Recover using the RSG but for crying out loud don’t mount it

2.       Or if you can figure out how to restore just the files to the alternate location then do that since we just need the raw files, however the problem it they removed this option :-(

3.       So the proper option is to have them “Duplicate a Job to Disk” as follows

Check for a drive with sufficient disk space for the restore. The available space must be at least the size of the Exchange Store and Log files to be restored.

On the target drive, create a folder called: Exchange Restore
Open Backup Exec, and Go to Devices.

Right-click Backup-to-Disk Folders, and choose: New Backup-to-Disk Folder.

Give it the name: Exchange Restore,

Point it to the target drive and folder.

Click OK.

Go to Job Setup, select the job that runs for the site, and under Backup Tasks,

Choose: New job to duplicate backup sets.

Choose OK.

Browse the server concerned, and under Microsoft Information Store, choose the Information Store you want to stage to disk.

You need to select the date/media.

Choose the new Backup-to-Disk folder created for this purpose

Click Run Now. Let the job complete.
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Glad I was able to help, thanks for the points
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