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Exchange Server Calendar

Hello,

We recently had a server crash for a business we support and had to replace it. We have basically rebuilt the server and pulled in information from the old hard drive as needed.
To get the mail back I converted the OST files from the users workstations into PST files and imported them into the new mailboxes.
I cannot seem to find a way to restore the shared calendar they were using though. This is exchange and I guess I dont completely understand it. I was under the impression that to share a calendar one user creates it and shares it and everyone connects to it. So would that not be stored on one person's machine in their OST? Their old server is not booting into a usable state but I do have access to the files on the Hard Drive.

Any suggestions?

Thanks.
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bharrington83Commented:
Depends on if it is a truly shared calendar, which is in one users mailbox or a public calendar that is in the public folder store.  Which one was it?
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Manpreet SIngh KhatraSolutions Architect, Project LeadCommented:
Shared Calendars could be a calendar in Public Folders or it could also be a Shared Mailbox and a its calendar being used as Shared Calendar :)

If it was a Calendar in PF you need to restore PF or else you might need to restore Mailbox Database to recover the Shared Mailbox or its calendar information :)

- Rancy
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scs-serviceAuthor Commented:
Thank you for the quick replies.

 bharrington83; I don't know. I was kind of just thrown into this. I did not set up or maintain it at any time. My first experience here was when the server went down and I replaced it.

Rancy; Public folders as in Users/Public ? If so, I see nothing that looks like calendar in there or any of its folders. As far as restoring the mailbox database, is there a way to do that other than converting the OST to a PST and importing? Everything I read said that basically there is no other way to use the OST files if you are changing to a new server.

Is there a specific file extension that I could search on the hard drive?
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Manpreet SIngh KhatraSolutions Architect, Project LeadCommented:
Public folders do reside in PF Database and isnt a part of Users Mailbox.

If the data was in Shared Mailbox and cached to users profile in Outlook you should see it :)
If it was in PF and added to users Outlook you should still see the contents in Outlook OST :)

- Rancy
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bharrington83Commented:
The public folders are in a separate administrative group and database on the server.  If you have a backup, you could try remounting the old public folder database on the new server in a recovery administrative group.
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scs-serviceAuthor Commented:
Rancy; I think I am following but maybe I am a few steps farther back than I thought.

I have converted 7/12 of their users OST files to PST files and imported into their outlook. Only a few of them had any calendar data to import, and it was personal calendars with just a few things on it. Inside the OST I believe I did see a tab for shared calendar but it did not appear to have any data inside.

Lets take a few steps back. Starting from scratch, what would be the first step to attempt to restore the shared calendar from an exchange server that has bad hardware but the files are still intact on a hard drive hooked up externally?

I appreciate all the assistance, I REALLY do! This is very important.
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scs-serviceAuthor Commented:
bharrington83; I understand the concept of what you are saying but not the steps to accomplish it. My experience with Exchange is very limited. Could you break that down a little bit for me?

Thanks.
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Manpreet SIngh KhatraSolutions Architect, Project LeadCommented:
I assume its Exchange 2007 or 2010 as you have W2k8 and E2k nor E2k3 can reside on it :)

So if the data was in a shared Mailbox we can create RSG and restore a backup and get the data and proceed ..... now if it was a PF then RSG cant work and we have to restore it directly into Production PF Database or will have to create a Virtual server for restore :)

- Rancy
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scs-serviceAuthor Commented:
Rancy,  Thank you,  We have access to the raw data, not the backup of the store... ...  Small Buinsess Standard 2008.

Do you guys ever do remote support :-)
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Manpreet SIngh KhatraSolutions Architect, Project LeadCommented:
At EE there is no remote support ... almost 19+ hrs and have to get to work and eyes almost shut so hope if someone can help or will take up tomorrow :) ... Sorry !

- Rancy
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scs-serviceAuthor Commented:
:-)  Thanks Rancy,  just hitting a road block  :-)
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Manpreet SIngh KhatraSolutions Architect, Project LeadCommented:
What do you mean when you say you have the Raw data ?

- Rancy
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scs-serviceAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all the help with the question.

In the end we used a third party program to retrieve the information and then restored it. Thanks again for the help.
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Manpreet SIngh KhatraSolutions Architect, Project LeadCommented:
Good to hear you resolved ... but bad to have paid.
When the day ends its a bit relief one less Headache :)

- Rancy
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