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Exchange 2010 User Calendar Recovery

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I have a user that somehow deleted all her appoints (maybe archived them) older than October 1st, 2012. We see appointments that she was invited to on her calendar, we see birthdays that were recurring, but nothing that she personally put into the system. Everything from that date forward appears to be there.

The system is a Windows 2011 Small Business Server, so it has Exchange 2010. We use the Microsoft Windows Server Backup and I have been able to recover the Exchange databases from that date that were done to the backup.

My questions is what I do next to pull the data from the backup. I dont want to restore her mailbox, but just want to PST off her Outlook calendar as of the date of recovery. What is the procedure that I use with the backups that I have?

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Manpreet SIngh Khatra earned 500 total points
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You cant directly take data to PST so have to restore to some Mailbox first anyways

New-MailboxRestoreRequest
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff829875%28v=exchg.141%29.aspx

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by:Joseph_Barron
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I found this article that says you can restore the database, run some esutil commands to bring it to a clean shutdown state and then mount it as a recovery database. Then recover the items to a users mailbox in a different folder so they can inspect them.

http://exchangeserverpro.com/restore-individual-mailbox-exchange-2010?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ExchangeServerPro+%28Exchange+Server+Pro%29

Does this article make sense?

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Absolutely thats what i tried but this article is good and clear

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Also, We have been running the full server backup using the Windows Server Backup utility on the Windows SBS 2011 server. It shows the applications for Exchange and Sharepoint listed. They are backed up and we have tested a restore of the application to another location. It shows the folder structure as of the backup date, but we have never done anyting forward to test it with exchange.

I have NEVER seen any options in Windows Server Backup that indicates that there is anything extra we have to do to backup the Exchange database. But not having ever restored data to Exchange using content from this backup (which I may have to do here) I'm getting a bit nervous that I might have missed something.
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by:Manpreet SIngh Khatra
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No if you did complete and the checkbox for Exchange was there you should have it ...

I am almost done 20hrs so going off ... if you need help please hit the "Request Attention" and some experts should come in to assist you :)

- Rancy
I Hope you wont need help and come do it with the article
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Thanks.
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by:Manpreet SIngh Khatra
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Ohk so how did it go .... were you able to get it working or PST extracted ?

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Thanks for the follow up. The issue is that the partner's personal assistant assistant could not see the data in the exchange version of the partners calendar. I logged in on the partners desktop and could not see the data and it was or on the desktop's calendar or in its archive.  Apparently tween the partner was able to search on their notebook for  one of the old appointments, they were able to find it. My hope is they archived on the notebook and I can get the data from there. Will know on Tuesday next, when they are back in the office.
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by:Manpreet SIngh Khatra
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Ohk .... so its more like we have to wait ..... thats one thing i dont like when Admins fight Hard and someone simply comes and says wait for XY Days

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It turns out that the data was actually archived on the users notebook computer. So I did NOT have to go to a backup. Thanks for your help.

Joe
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Actually did not have to use the solution. But good information.
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