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Is there a secret to getting Sent items restored to a mailbox?  Using Windows Server Backup, I've backed up and subsequently restored my Exchange database directory and after ensuring the database was in a clean shutdown state, created a recovery database and mounted it.  Through get-mailboxstatistics I can see the mailboxes and can even restore non-sent items to a user's mailbox.  But I can't seem to -includefolders \sent;  nothing restores (no errors; just an empty folder at the user's end) and I've tried this using multiple backups and multiple accounts.  What am I missing? BTW, this is Exchange 2010 running under Windows Server 2008 R2.

Thank you!
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Are you sure the folder was not empty prior to the backup?

Did you have journal enable on this database?  If so, just pull it off the journal account.
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Manpreet SIngh Khatra earned 500 total points
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Can you please share the error and the command is

-IncludeFolders "Sent Items"

- Rancy
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I was wondering the same thing; perhaps the user's folder was empty so I chose another day's backup and same thing so I then used my own Sent folder which I know is populated and nothing got restored.  

And no, we don't use journaling.  

Thanks for responding!!
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That was it; I had to specify -includefolders "\sent items" .   I was using \sent and it didn't find a \sent folder.  User error.   Thank you very much!!
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so you have the point in time (PIT) db mounted, what do you see in that user's sent folder?

Try exporting the restored content from the PIT db and see if you can get it out to a pst then perform a restore from the pst.
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