Exchange 2010 Restore with Symantec Backup Exec - can I restore JUST the EDB files to another location on the network?

Posted on 2013-09-03
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Last Modified: 2013-09-20
If I have an Exchange 2010 database server that is being backed up at the DATABASE level (with the Exchange agent), am I able to restore JUST the EDB file from the backup sets without having to create a Restore Storage Group and restore to that?  

Please advise, thanks!
Question by:jkeegan123
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Will Szymkowski earned 2000 total points
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You will need to create a recovery database and restore the EDB to the RSG. From there you can merge the mail items back into the production databases.


Hope this helps!

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I know that I can restore to a rsg, but is there any way to restore just the edb files using symantec backup exec natively? I do not have the storage to restore the entire mailbox db, but if I can restore just the edb file to another location on the network, then I can use a 3rd party extraction utility to get what I need.

I'm trying to avoid using the rsg... Can this be done?

Or, asked another way, can I extract the edb files from an exchange 2010 backup set?
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by:Will Szymkowski
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Are you using GRT (granular recover technology)? This will allow you too restore individual mailboxes and mail items. I can't recall exactly if you can restore to a different location as I do not have backup exec In my test environment. In the resotre settings you should have the option to restore to an alternate location. Now the only thing is if you can do that you might not be able to do anything with the file.
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by:Vijaya Babu Sekar
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If you take the file level backup instead Exchange backup. it is possible.

You can restore the EDB file to other network location. but you should take file level backup

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by:Malli Boppe
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agree with Vijay. If you file level backup you should be able to restore the edb file.
Any reason why you want to just restore the edb file

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I just wanted to restore the file because I have a utility that will restore items out of the edb without the rsg/export/Exchange powershell business. It would have been easier to get back the folder That was missing, but instead we just did the standard rsg restore and power shelled out the folder to a folder within my own mailbox.

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