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After a server crash I have extracted an EDB file from a backup and now I need to recover some mailboxes from the EDB file. I hope this is possible? Using Exchange 2010
Could anyone recommend software tools that will allow me to do this?  Obviously the lest costly the better.

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The cheapest option would be to recover the server and then restore via that. If the domain is still active then recovering Exchange is very easy and you can then mount the database from the backup in to the recovered server. There is usually no need to go to third party tools.

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Hi Simon - That would be ideal. Having looked at the links on the previous post, all this thrid-party software is costly.
The situation at the moment is that I have retrieved a 7.5Gb Exchange Database file (edb) from the backup set I did prior to the crash. The domain is still active and running. How do I mount the recovered database file into the active server?
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by:Simon Butler (Sembee)
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Version of Exchange?
Not all versions of Exchange allow database portability. Furthermore if the server has failed, then you need to cleanup the domain. Therefore doing a recovery installation of Exchange would allow you to do both tasks:
1. Get the database mounted and the data moved to another server.
2. Then remove the server from the domain correctly.

I never leave a recovered server in production.

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Running Exchange 2010 sp2 .
Following the server crash we did a complete clean install as we struggled to perform a recovery. Fortunately at the time we had a backup from the previous day and it is from this backup that we've extracted the Exchange DB.
It's running sweet at the moment so I don't want to do anything disruptive.
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by:Simon Butler (Sembee)
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It is unfortuante that you did the recovery in the way that you did. My standard advice to clients for a failed server is to call Microsoft right at the start. They would have gone through the entire recovery process with you, which would have included the databases.

Go through the recovery database documentation on Technet starting here:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd876954(v=exchg.141).aspx

That will be your best chance of using the existing database file.
Do make sure that you are using a copy, or better still create the database and then restore it from backup using the backup software.

Simon.
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Thanks for your help on this. I'll go through the article soon.
I guess it's worth subscribing to a Microsoft tech support service for future issues.
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You can just phone up and pay their fee. No need to have a support contract. They will sit with you for as long as it takes, so the fee is worth it.

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