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Greetings,

  I have been able to successfully restore an Exchange 2010 backup according to Windows Server Backup, however calendar data is not being restored.

I am using Exchange 2010 on Windows Server 2008 R2.

As a test I deleted some calendar events from a user's calendar, and ran a restore of Exchange from the last backup performed by Windows Server Backup. The restore completes successfully, but the calendar events I deleted are not restored.

Anyone have any ideas?
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by:Marshal Hubs
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Exchange 2010 combines all the deleted items into a single location and doesn't keep track of folders, but I believe that collection does include deleted contacts and calendar items

Have you enabled DumpsterAlwaysOn on the clients? If not, do a quick search for the detail of the key that you need to set in the registry.

You can get a clear idea and solution through this post - blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2009/09/25/single-item-recovery-in-exchange-server-2010.aspx

Until you can get proper solution , I guess you have to workaround this issue. REFER To THE ATTACHED SCREENSHOT

Exchange Recovery
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by:VirastaR
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by:jkockler
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Eh I'm facing an issue where I more want to verify that Windows Server Backup is able to recover Exchange in the event of a crash.

I am setting up a scenario where data is deleted from a user's calendar. I then restore the entire exchange database from the latest backup before deleting the data. Windows Server Backup successfully recovers, reports no errors, but yet the calendar data is not being restored.

I don't understand how this is even possible, if it's recovering the entire database. It's almost like Exchange is completely ignoring the restore somehow, like it's using a cached database or something.
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by:jkockler
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Oh and I verified it's not an Outlook issue, by logging into Outlook Web Access on the Exchange server. Same issue, same missing data. It's without a doubt a server side issue.
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We were not recovering system state, and I believe this was the root cause. We used some manual methods to pull in the missing events, but again system state was probably the missing link. If not, a full bare metal restore would have been the answer.

Thanks for the help and excellent flow chart.
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by:jkockler
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Reasons given by experts were not the solution to the issue.
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