How to recover deleted contacts from MS outlook 2010 connected to an exchange server?

It's an external Exchange service meaning I don't have access to the server and it would cost us 500$ to recover from their backup. Is there a way to recover any deleted contacts from MS outlook 2010. I did recover all deleted emails; but i'm not absolutely sure that any deleted contacts were also recovered?
andy951Asked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I recover contacts from emails and build up the contacts that way. Works. And in this case you have the emails.
Rodney BarnhardtServer AdministratorCommented:
Have you tried checking the "Recovery Deleted Items" folder? That pulls data from the Exchange dumpster where the user was not able to delete it. To see contacts, you many need to set the registry on the Outlook client machine:

To set the DumpsterAlwaysOn key, open the registry editor and browse to

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Exchange\Client\Options
DWORD: DumpsterAlwaysOn
Value: 1

You may also have to add it to the menu:
When you are viewing a non-mail item folder (Calendar, Contacts, etc.), the Recover Deleted Items icon is no longer available. Follow these steps to enable it:
Click the  File   tab on the Ribbon, then click the  Options   button.
Select  Customize Ribbon   in the left pane of the Outlook Options window.

On the right-hand side, in the  Customize the Ribbon   list, select the  Folder  main tab.

Click the  New Group  button. You can rename it after it is created.

Make sure that the newly created group is selected. In Choose commands from , select All Commands .

Scroll down and select the  Recover Deleted Items   option, then click the  Add >>   button to add this option to your newly created custom group.

Click  OK   in the Outlook Options window.

You will now see your new group and the Recover Deleted Items icon in the Folder tab on all folders. If you click the button, you will see that you have access to any purged/shift-deleted items from that folder.

While I have not tried this on contacts, I have used it to be able to recovery calendar items.

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andy951Author Commented:
Thank you John Hurst for the your comment. I did do exactly that which gives me the email addresses but no phone, cell, or address; therefore it is a limited solution.

And thank you Rodney Barnhardt for your comment. I've followed everything  step, step by step, but no deleted contacts were recovered.  Here are the steps in order :

Added the DWORD.
Added the recovery options to the ribbon.
Tried to recover any contacts but none available.

After adding the DWORD, I retried to recover the deleted folder with success, an additional 2900 emails, calendar items and task items were recovered but no contacts.

I repeated these steps on my system, deleted a contact and tried to recover the contact without success. It seems recovering contacts may not be an option! But my confidence is not at 100% for not being able to recover contacts; why emails, calendar and task items are recoverable but not contacts is the question that keeps coming back to me?

Aside from backing by all .ost files on each desktop or redirecting all .ost to my local server and backup there, is there any suggestion you may have to avoid this situation in the future?

Thank you so much the attention you have given this tread!

Andy
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andy951Author Commented:
Hi Rodney Barnhardt,

I wrote :  "I repeated these steps on my system, deleted a contact and tried to recover the contact without success. It seems recovering contacts may not be an option! But my confidence is not at 100% for not being able to recover contacts; why emails, calendar and task items are recoverable but not contacts is the question that keeps coming back to me?"

Just out of curiosity I tried once, four hours later, move to recover the deleted contacts on my desktop.  And guest what I was able to restore my contact. So I tried again by deleting another one of my contacts and tried immediately to restore it without success. I try in  a few hours but I suspect I will recover my contact. I don't know for sure at this time but it looks like there's a delay. ? :(

As far as I'm concern you solution is complete.
andy951Author Commented:
Excellent feed back. Precise no nonsense step by step easy to follow instructions. Thank you very much  Rodney!
Rodney BarnhardtServer AdministratorCommented:
Since you mention the OST files I am guessing you are running in cached mode. The delay may be due to a need for the OST and Exchange server to become sync'd. Since the process is for recovering from the dumpster on the server, it may take a short period before the deleted contact is actually deleted on the server. Glad it works for you.
andy951Author Commented:
Thank you, Rodney. Any suggestion for avoiding this situation?
Rodney BarnhardtServer AdministratorCommented:
The only way I know of would be to not run in cached mode, but that causes problems for those who have laptops. So, I am really unsure of any other way around it.
andy951Author Commented:
Well that's what I suspected, thank you once again.
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