Restore Exchange Mailboxes from WSB backup but without a server.
Posted on 2014-08-04
I have a client with a Small Business Server 2008 that has failed. The server is 5+ years old and as there are only 6 users we have decided not to repair / rebuild, but to move to Hosted Exchange and use a NAS drive for file storage.
I have a full backup on a USB drive made using Windows Server Backup. As this was SBS2008, this client has a separate server running SQL server. That is still up and running OK so I was able to use WSB on that machine to restore all the data files to that server and then move them to the new NAS drive from there. All good so far.
I have been able to recover email from each user's Outlook by Exporting to PST and importing that into the new profiles I created to connect to the new Hosted Exchange accounts.
I was really pleased with myself until I realised that the exported email taken from each user's Outlook only goes back 1 year. I assume that the old OST files just cached 12 months data & no more.
So I have a full WSB backup with the old Exchange on. I have access to a server running Windows Server 2008 (the SQL server) but I don't have anything running Exchange.
Any advise on how I can recover the data in the Exchange Mailboxes that is older than 12 months (preferably without needing to install Exchange ...)