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Our environment is Exchange 2007 SP2, Windows 2008, Netbackup 6.5 for Windows.

Earlier this year, we had Exchange servers in a lot of remote offices and we recently consolidated all the mailboxes back to regional hub sites. Part of this work was to clean up any unused mailboxes on the branch servers.

In Feb 2012, we had a branch named Branch1. There was a mailbox on there named John Doe (john.doe@contoso.com). At the end of Feb, we moved all the mailboxes to HQ site (HQ1), we then uninstalled Exchange from Branch1. We moved over all the mailboxes for current users. John Doe was a mailbox we did not migrate to HQ.

We now need to restore John's mailbox. We have a backup taken at the end of Feb before we deleted the mailboxes remaining on Branch1 and uninstalled Exchange.

The problem is, how do we restore this to our HQ Exchange 2007 servers?
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by:harrydolan
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The original server is no longer around?

I can create an RSG on the HQ server, but I need to state which mailbox database to recover, so not sure whether this will help?
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by:Manpreet SIngh Khatra
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As the Exchange 2007 has the same AG and ORG name ... just try to get the .edb and logs required and you surely can mount on another server.

- Rancy
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Hi Rancy

"As the Exchange 2007 has the same AG and ORG name ... just try to get the .edb and logs required and you surely can mount on another server."

Sure, the question is how to get the edb and logs. From what I can see, there is no way just to restore the EDB/log files from our backup since they were taken with the Veritas backup agent, it looks like we need to direct them to some sort of RSG?
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by:Manpreet SIngh Khatra
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Yes surely we need to create a RSG as we dont want to hamper the Production environment and then do a restore.

- Rancy
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But how do I create an RSG bearing in mind the original server and database are no longer in AD.

Isn't one of the switches to create the RSG "-MailboxDatabaseToRecover"? When I enter the DB name for the Branch database, it says it doesn't exist.
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by:Manpreet SIngh Khatra
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Does the backup solution have the Option for redirection if so it doesnt needs the RSG as well just restores the files to a Folder we specify and then we can have those mounted in the RSG.

- Rancy
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This is an Exchange level backup so we can't redirect to a file/folder. It can only restore to an RSG or live Information Store.
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Manpreet SIngh Khatra earned 2000 total points
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One Option i can think of is create a Virtual Server not within the Production environment and try to restore and work out there

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