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Exchange 2013 mounting old archive DB

Hi Everyone

Env :

Server 2008 Std Edition fully updated
Exchange 2010 Std Edition fully updated

Issue :

We were approached by management at one of our clients to have certain users mailboxes auto archived via exchange 2010.
We initiated the process and created the DB etc.
What we noticed is that the archive folder was only viewable in OWA and not in outlook.
Reading up on this we discovered that Exchange 2010 Std doesnt support auto archiving but Exchange 2010 Ent Edition does.
The database was left for a while and not dismounted. It had grown to 34GB in size.
We eventually deleted the DB from within Exchange 2010 but it still resides in the original folder with all it's logs files intact.

Certain users in the group are complaining that they have mails missing and i now need to remount that DB to query it.
Can this be done?
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Peter HutchisonSenior Network Systems SpecialistCommented:
You need Exchange Enterprise CALs to use the archiving features in Exchange. You could create a recovery mailbox database and then point it to the archive database, so that you can recover mailbox or mail from specific mailboxes.
aNaLyz3RAuthor Commented:
Thanks for that.
Under the current conditions how can i gain access to the DB that was created? There is data in there that i need to query.
Peter HutchisonSenior Network Systems SpecialistCommented:
Once the mailbox recovery database is enabled, you can then create an AD account and then reconnect that mailbox to that AD user, then you will be able to view the mailbox contents in Outlook and if necessary copy or move old mail back to the user's main mailbox.
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Simon Butler (Sembee)ConsultantCommented:
"Exchange 2010 Std doesnt support auto archiving but Exchange 2010 Ent Edition does"

That was incorrect information.
As already pointed out, you need Enterprise CALs, which can be used with Standard edition of Exchange.

However the CALs do not unlock anything, it is just a paper exercice. The reason you couldn't access the data is that you require Office Professional Plus to access the content - Office 2010 standard or anything on a retail or OEM licence will not do the job.

aNaLyz3RAuthor Commented:
cmsxpjh, thanks for the feedback.
The question i am posing though is, i had an archive DB.
I deleted it from within the EMC.
I left the directory that still holds all that all the DB and its'data.
I need to remount the DB and gain access to it.
How can this be done?

Simon, thanks for the clarification, i was clearly mislead.
So many articles have peoples own view points.
Simon Butler (Sembee)ConsultantCommented:
You should be able to mount the existing files in a new database.

I am not going to outline the process myself, as it is documented on this blog posting:

It is basically create a new database, replace it with the files you have.

aNaLyz3RAuthor Commented:
Simon, sorry for the late response, i will follow through with the recommendation and revert back shortly.

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