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Exchange administrators are always vigilant about Exchange crashes and disasters that are possible any time. It is quite essential to identify the symptoms of a possible Exchange issue and be prepared with a proper recovery plan. There are multiple methods which can be used to avoid Exchange data losses. However, Exchange administrators must plan for these methods. We discuss the some of the recovery options available in Exchange 2013:
Exchange 2013 recovery features
The recovery features in Exchange 2103 have reduced the dependence of Exchange administrators on backups for the retrieval of lost data. These features are useful for different purposes such as disaster recovery, long-term data retention, deleted item recovery, and point-in-time recovery. We will see how these Exchange 2013 features help in dealing with disasters:
Exchange Native Data Protection
Exchange Native Data Protection works as an alternative to traditional backups. The benefit of Exchange. And the concept is to use the inbuilt Exchange 2013 features to avoid Exchange data loss. Native Data Protection is that it does not require scheduling the manual backups regularly. The core idea behind Native Data Protection is the combined use of Exchange 2013 high availability features and features like Litigation Hold, In-Place Hold, In-Place eDiscovery and In-Place Archiving to ensure complete protection of data.
Exchange 2013 VSS Writer
Exchange 2013 VSS Writer is the functionality used by backup applications to backup and restore Exchange data. VSS Writer actually facilitates Exchange backup/restore operations.
Exchange Server recovery in Active Directory
Active Directory stores all the configuration settings for Mailbox and Client Access servers. Exchange 2013 has an option /m:RecoverServer which can re-create a lost server with the help of configuration settings in Active Directory. Here is the complete method of recovering the lost exchange server using the Active Directory
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Third-party Exchange Recovery tools
Many professional tools help you recover Exchange data. They restore mailboxes and public folders from offline Exchange database file to PST files or destinations like Exchange Server or Office 365. One excellent tool you can try is Kernel for Exchange Server. This Exchange Recovery tool supports recovery from EDB files created in all the versions of Exchange. And it is one of the easiest methods for Exchange database recovery.
MS Outlook undoubtedly is the most widely used email client.Its user-friendliness, cost effectiveness, and availability with Microsoft Office Suite make it the most popular email application. Its compatibility with Microsoft applications like Exchange Server is also a reason for its popularity. However, this application is not completely free of issues. Outlook configuration errors, compatibility issues with other email clients, large size, and corruption of its proprietary file format (PST format), etc. are some common issues faced by Outlook users. However, due to the popularity of Outlook, many professional solutions are available to help Outlook users overcome these issues. Here we will discuss some tools that help you to manage MS Outlook efficiently.
Kernel for Outlook PST Repair – For repairing corrupted PST files
PST file corruption is a common issue in all versions of MS Outlook. Some of these issues can be fixed using free or inbuilt tools, but not all. That is why even seasoned Outlook users prefer professional PST repairing solutions. One such a tool you can try is Kernel for Outlook PST Repair. It repairs damaged Outlook Data files. This tool has many features like:
Kernel for PST Compress & Compact – For reducing the size of PST files
Kernel for PST Compress & Compact is a unique tool which can compact the size of large PST files. This utility helps you to reduce PST size by removing the unused space. This tool has more features which are stated as follows:
Kernel for Outlook Duplicates Remover – For removing duplicate emails from Outlook mailbox
Kernel for Outlook Duplicates Remover is a simple tool to remove duplicate items from the Outlook mailbox. It has different options for finding duplicates in Outlook. Following are the features which are included in this tool:
Kernel for Attachment Management – For managing PST email attachments
Kernel for Attachment Management is an advanced tool to take backups of the attachments and to remove them from Outlook emails. This tool actually saves space because this tool downloads the PST attachments, save them on local machine and then deletes them from Outlook mailbox. Its features are:
Kernel for PST Split – For splitting large PST files
Kernel for PST Split is a tool for splitting large size PST files. This utility efficiently splits large PST files in just few minutes and saves data into smaller PST files. Splitting PST files eliminates chances of PST corruption and improves the performance of Outlook. More advanced features of this tool are listed below:
MS Outlook is the most popular email client. Users find this email client easy to use as its interface is very intuitive. Also, users familiar with other Microsoft products find it very convenient too. However, issues are also frequent with this email application. Many of these issues can lead to inaccessibility of emails, calendar, task list, address book, and more. So users always need some utilities that can help them in managing Outlook without issues.
If you have come across a situation where you need to find some EDB mailbox recovery techniques, then here you will find the same.
In this article, we will take you through three techniques using which you will be able to perform EDB recovery. You can select any of these methods based on your requirements.
EDB mailbox recovery techniques
Technique #1 – Using ExMerge
ExMerge is a free Microsoft tool that can be used to extract mailboxes from an EDB file. The extracted mailboxes can be saved in PST formats and then accessed using Outlook. It is a manual process that requires the access and applications of ExMerge utility.
Note: This method works with Exchange 2003 only. If you have any other version of Exchange server, then skip to technique 2 or 3.
Perform the below steps to undertake this method:
Benefits of this EDB mailbox Recovery technique
Disadvantage of this process
Technique #2 – Using Exchange Powershell
Before we take you through this technique, we would like to mention that it is a very lengthy and complicated process. So, you should consider applying this process to perform EDB recovery only when you are
If you are not sure about any of the above-listed pointers, then the best solution for EDB recovery is using the Technique #3 given next in this article.
Perform the below steps to apply this process for EDB recovery:
Benefits of this technique to perform EDB recovery
Disadvantages of this method
Technique #3 – Using a Third-party tool
The best among all EDB mailbox recovery techniques is the use of a third-party application that has been specifically designed and developed to reduce your work as an administrator when it comes to deal with Exchange database recovery.
There are many tools available that can help you with EDB mailbox recovery, but one of the best tools is Kernel for Exchange Recovery.
Why Kernel for Exchange Recovery stands among the top tools:
In this article, we have disclosed three EDB mailbox recovery techniques. Two of these solutions are manual demanding server level expertise. And, the last one is automated technique that just wants you to select the EDB file, and the rest of the process can be completed in just a few clicks. So, the decision is yours whether you want to take a long journey or want to save your time and data as well with a professional, high-advanced Exchange recovery tool.
With so many activities to perform, Exchange administrators are always busy in organizations. If everything, including Exchange Servers, Outlook clients, and Office 365 accounts work without any issues, they can sit and relax. But unfortunately, it is not the scenario in most of the organizations. However, this situation can be improved very much if they try a competent recovery-cum-migration solution in their Exchange environment – Kernel Exchange Suite.
Kernel for Exchange Server – a multifaceted solution for almost all Exchange needs
Kernel Exchange Suite can resolve all the Exchange related issues. If you have this too, you do not need to use different tools for the file recovery (EDB, OST, & PST) and migrations (Office 365 & Exchange).
When to use Kernel Exchange Suite
Kernel Exchange Suite is a multi-purpose tool for handling various requirements related to Exchange Server, offline EDB files, OST files, Outlook PST files, and Office 365 (Exchange Online). It has many features that are extremely useful for Exchange administrators.
Important features of Kernel Exchange Suite
Kernel Exchange Suite provides you many advanced facilities and options for every Exchange related task you have to perform. Unlike the manual methods, all the tasks are performed from a user-friendly interface. Administrators can just glance through the software interface, read the instructions, and choose the options the require, and proceed with the recovery/migration operation.
OST to PST Conversion
This suite can recover mailbox data from OST files (even if damaged or inaccessible) to Outlook PST files. It can recover deleted items too. The OST data can be saved to a new PST file or to an already existing PST file.
PST file recovery
Kernel Exchange Suite helps users to fix Outlook issues and PST file corruption issues. It can recover mailbox data from corrupted PST files and save to PST files, Live Exchange, or Office 365 account.
EDB recovery and migration
This suite restores EDB data to Outlook PST files without any loss. During recovery, it maintains data integrity as well as the hierarchy within the mailboxes. It also allows users to export their EDB mailboxes to Office 365 accounts and to Live Exchange Server.
Exchange and Office 365 migrations
Kernel Exchange Suite facilitates migration of single or multiple mailboxes between different Exchange Servers and Office 365 accounts. With this tool, migration is just a copy/paste or drag/drop affair (from the source Exchange/Office 365 to destination Exchange/Office 365).
Kernel Exchange Suite functions as a combination of 4 essential tool for Exchange administrators. It supports EDB files, PST files, OST files, live Exchange, & Office 365 at the source end and EDB files, PST files, live Exchange, & Office 365 at the destination end of recovery/migration operations. So you do not need to use different tools for recovery of EDB, OST, & PST files and Exchange/Office 365 migrations. It is a reliable tool for all Exchange related activities.
As much as Microsoft wants to kill off PST file support, just as they tried to do with public folders, there are still times when it is useful or downright necessary to export Exchange mailboxes to PST files.
Thankfully, it is still possible to export mailboxes to PST from within the EAC (Exchange Admin Centre) if you are willing to jump through a few hoops. The basic process for exporting mailboxes is,
As exchange is now mostly managed through a web interface rather than a console you need to setup a share to export these PST files to. It’s up to you where you place this share but make sure:
So, let’s create a share, call it EXUtil$, share it with everyone, full control. For your NTFS Permissions make sure that the Exchange Trusted Subsystem object has full control.
As a quick test just make sure you can browse to the share from the exchange server and that there are no networking issues stopping you.
Even if you are already a Domain / Enterprise admin you won’t have access to export to PST by default. To set give yourself the correct permissions
First, make sure that you are logged into EAC as the user that you just gave import / export permissions to. Now we need to find the user who we are going to be exporting to PST, click the ellipses (the 3 dots) next to that user and select Export to a PST file from the drop down.
Now you have an option to export the contents of the mailbox or the contents of the archive. Select the one you want, if you want both you will have to submit two separate jobs.
Next fill in the path of the share that you created before, also give the PST file a name.
And finally, select a user whom you wish to notify when the job completes.
You will be notified when the job starts, completes or fails
The manual Exchange Recovery process is so complicated that only a technical expert who was worked extensively on Exchange server can perform the whole procedure. A normal user will find this method quite hard to follow and that is where Exchange Recovery tool comes to the rescue. It is specially developed to assist user in performing EDB to PST conversion within minutes. It has a highly user friendly GUI which make even a novice Exchange user to complete whole procedure in three simple steps.
Kernel Data Recovery is a provider of high-end solutions for data recovery and email migrations. Most of its solutions are simple do-it-solutions that suite both technical and non-technical users. The company owns around 100 products and ensures complete customer satisfaction, transparency and 24 X 7 support.