Restore Data from another Organisations EDB file

I have an EDB from another org that I need to read. In the past I've had to resort to 3rd party tools such as Lepide Exchange Recovery Manager to export the data i need from the EDB to a PST.  However I've found that tool tedious/slow for large jobs as I need about 100 mailboxes, and there appears to be no automated way to do it. I'd like to just mount it in exchange and use the tools there to do a New-MailboxExportRequest. That way I don't have to sit and baby sit each one.

I understand that you cannot mount a edb from another org even as a recoveryDB (stupid limit but I get it), but what if I build a new temp VM and setup the domain name and the org the same mount the dB there as a recoveryDB. Then toss exchange on and do it there?

Has anyone tried this, or am I wasting my time?
bhiebAsked:
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Abdul Khadja AlaoudineCommented:
That will not work. I am afraid your only option is to use 3rd party tool.
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bhiebAuthor Commented:
Really? Even with the same domain and org names? I get why if I was trying to do a mailbox to mailbox transfers, but to kick it to a PST?
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A KarelinCommented:
I would restore the AD of another org to a temp server, rebuild the Exchange server here and then export mailboxes to pst.
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bhiebAuthor Commented:
Thanks Karelin that was the plan. I'll post back how it goes.
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Abdul Khadja AlaoudineCommented:
For some reason I assumed you don't have backup of other org's AD.
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bhiebAuthor Commented:
I dont have a backup, but I can recreated it as I know what it was.
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bhiebAuthor Commented:
It may not work but worth a try.
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Abdul Khadja AlaoudineCommented:
My assumption was correct :-)

If it is going to take lot of effort then it may not be worth a try. I don't think it will work.
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bhiebAuthor Commented:
Weird if its not one thing it's another. I know for a fact this EDB was taken from a working 2010 environment. When I tried to mount it as a recovery DB the error in even log was

The database could not be started because the distinguished name (DN) /O=OLD COMPANY, INC./OU=EXCHANGE ADMINISTRATIVE GROUP (FYDIBOHF23SPDLT)/CN=RECIPIENTS/CN= of mailbox database "recoverydb" does not match the DN of directory /O=AREMAILORG/OU=EXCHANGE ADMINISTRATIVE GROUP.....

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This shows the old org was OLD COMPANY, INC.  problem is on the new install commas and periods cannot be used.  WTF so how was it in use in @ the old company. Is there some other special way of getting it to match up?
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bhiebAuthor Commented:
Well, Abdul you were correct. Not worth the effort. I think even IF I could get the org name right, the EXCHANGE ADMINISTRATIVE GROUP (ID) part of the DN won't match up and it will probably throw errors there. Guess next time I have to deal with another company's EDB, I'll have them dump all the mailboxes to PST first.
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