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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:


  1. Exchange 2013 recovery features
  2. Exchange native data protection
  3. Exchange 2013 VSS Writer
  4. Exchange Server recovery in AD
  5. Third-party Exchange Recovery tools


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:


  • Deleted item recovery - Due to the Hold Policy in Exchange 2013, it is possible to retain all the deleted items in Recoverable Items folder up to a specific period so that end users can recover. This makes deleted item recovery, simpler, faster, and less expensive.
  • Long-term data retention - In Exchange 2013, the features like In-Place Hold, Litigation Hold, In-Place Archiving, and In-Place eDiscovery help in the long-term retention and retrieval of data. Whenever a need (like legal requirement) occurs, the required data can be searched and retrieved. These features shorten the recovery procedure and eliminate the need of costly recovery tapes.
  • Disaster recovery - Exchange 2013 continues to have Database Availability Groups (DAGs) to ensure the high availability of mailbox servers and to facilitate quick disaster recovery. The benefit of having multiple database copies in the Database Availability Groups is that at least one copy is always unaffected by other’s corruption. This feature acts as a perfect guarantee against data loss in case of hardware, software, network, and server failures.
  • Point-in-time snapshot recovery - Exchange 2013 allows to create a point-in-time database copy in the Database Availability Groups. The copy in DAG can be used to restore to a previous point of time. This feature is helpful in the events like deletion of user mailbox data, replication of logical corruption to all database copies in the DAGs, etc.


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


  1. First of all, reset the lost server’s computer account.
  2. Install OS again and name it again (with the same name).
  3. Add the server to its original domain.
  4. Install the system requirements & prerequisites for Exchange Server 2013
  5. Open the command prompt in the server.
  6. In the Exchange 2013 installation files, run-
    Setup /m:RecoverServer /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms
  7. Check the custom settings and reconfigure them as per the previous settings.
  8. To check whether the procedure worked on not, go to Windows Services tool (services.msc) and check if the Exchange services are running or not.


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.


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It is always be a pain to recover exchange database. But you can easily recover exchange database by using Stellar Phoenix Mailbox Exchange Recovery Software. The software recovers database even the database is in dirty shutdown state or the log files are missing. Trial version is available here: https://www.stellarinfo.com/edb-exchange-server-recovery.htm
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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.


  1. Kernel for Outlook PST Repair – For repairing corrupted PST files
  2. Kernel for PST Compress & Compact – For reducing the size of PST files
  3. Kernel for Outlook Duplicates Remover – For removing duplicate emails from Outlook mailbox
  4. Kernel for Attachment Management – For managing PST email attachments
  5. Kernel for PST Split – For splitting large PST files


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:


  • Repairs large PST files without any issues
  • Exports emails to Office 365 and emails servers like Exchange server.
  • Recovers deleted emails & attachments (and displays then in RED for preview)
  • Saves emails to different file formats DBX, MBOX, MSG, and EML, etc.
  • Enabled with inbuilt filters which can find required emails instantly.



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:


  • Compresses & compacts many PST files in single cycle.
  • Integrated with user-friendly Interface.
  • Compresses or removes attachments from emails.
  • Retains integrity while compacting PST files.
  • Removes extra space from PST files.



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:


  • Finds and removes duplicate items from PST files.
  • Inbuilt comparison criteria to find duplicate items.
  • Provides various comparison criteria to find duplicate items.
  • Saves list of duplicate items in HTML format.



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:


  • Restore attachments to any desired location.
  • Compresses email attachments in zip format.
  • Allows to rename attachments with name prefixes.
  • Maintains a log file with the records of attachments processed.
  • Is compatible with all Outlook versions.



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:


  • Splits PST files without impacting original data.
  • Splits password protected PST files
  • Provides various criteria like date range to split PST files.
  • You can give desired size to split PST files.
  • Saves different mailbox folders to separate files as per need.



Conclusion


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.

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Its nice pieace of article of tools but user can go for a single tool for all such requirement. Refer to Outlook Toolkit which is an excellent package of six Outlook funtioning tools; which are PST Repair tool, PST Split, Compact PST, Mail backup, PST password recovery and Outlook duplicate remover. Go through https://www.datarepairtools.com/outlook-toolkit.html to know more about the toolkit.
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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:

  1.  Launch ExMerge utility.
  2. Click the Next button.
  3. Select the Extract or Import (Two Step Procedure) option.
  4. Click the Next button.
  5. Select the Step 1 Extract data from an Exchange Server Mailbox option.
  6. Click the Next button.
  7. Enter details of your Exchange Server to establish a connection with the EDB file.
  8. Click the Next button.
  9. Now select the EDB file.
  10.  Click the Next button.
  11. Now, you need to select the mailboxes that you want to extract as PST file.
  12. Select a location to save the extracted PST files.
  13. Click the Next button.
  14. The process will start.
  15. Once this process is completed, click the Finish button.


Benefits of this EDB mailbox Recovery technique

  • Free solution
  • Effective if you have a working connection with Exchange server


Disadvantage of this process

  • Lengthy
  • Needs technical skills
  • Time-consuming
  • You may incur data loss


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

  •  a technical person
  • able to access Exchange server with sufficient admin rights
  • able to access and use PowerShell
  • well aware of the results of cmdlets being executed
  • ready to incur data loss

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:

  1. Login to your mail server.
  2. Access command prompt as an administrator.
  3. Perform dirty shut down on the EDB file to be recovered. You can use the below command to perform this action:
    eseutil /mh MyExchange.edb
  4. After dirty shut down is successful, execute the below command to repair the MyExchange.edb file:
    eseutil /r E02 /l "E:\EXDB12\Exchange Server\MyExchange\Logs" /d "E:\EXDB12\Exchange Server\MyExchange\File"
  5. Now, you need to create a recovery database. To do that, execute the below command:
    New-MailboxDatabase -Server mail01 -Name RDB1 -Recovery -EdbFilePath "E:\EXDB12\Exchange Server\ MyExchange\File\ MyExchange.edb" -LogFolderPath "E:\EXDB12\Exchange Server\MyExchange\Logs"
  6. Now, you need to mount the recovery database. To mount the database, execute the below command:
    Mount-Database RDB1
  7. Access the Exchange PowerShell and execute the below command to get a list of the mailboxes available in the EDB file:
    Get-MailboxStatistics -Database RDB1 | fl –auto
  8. Now, you need to restore these mailboxes on an existing Exchange Server. You can do this by executing the below command:
    New-MailboxRestoreRequest -SourceDatabase RDB1 -SourceStoreMailbox "Nav, S" -TargetMailbox newnavS –AllowLegacyDNMismatch
     In the above command, Nav, S is the name of the old mailbox that you will replace the newnavs, which is the name of the new mailbox.
  9. After the above command is executed, you need to check if the process has been completed successfully or failed. You can do that by executing the below command:
    Get-MailboxRestoreRequest
  10. If you see the status as completed after executing the command in step 9, then run the below command to remove the restore request:
    Get-MailboxRestoreRequest -Status Completed | Remove-MailboxRestoreRequest
  11. Now, you can export the restored mailbox to a PST file by running the below command:
    New-MailboxExportRequest -Mailbox navs -FilePath //loc/PST/navs.pst
  12. Now, again check the status of this command by executing the below command:
    Get-MailboxRestoreRequest
  13. If the status is completed, execute the below command:
    Get-mailboxexportrequest –status completed | remove-mailboxexportrequest
  14. Now, you can delete the original mailbox from which the PST is created by executing the below command:
    Disable-Mailbox navs@xyz.com
  15. Now, delete the recovery database by executing the below command on Exchange PowerShell:
    Remove-MailboxDatabase -Identity “RDB1”


Benefits of this technique to perform EDB recovery

  • Free technique
  • Works if executed properly


Disadvantages of this method

  • Complex
  • Lengthy
  • Chances of data loss are high
  • Time consuming
  • Strong knowledge of using PowerShell is must


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:

  • Easy to use
  • Works fast
  • Works well even on badly damaged EDB file
  • Works with encrypted EDB files
  • No size limit
  • Delivers satisfied results
  • No technical skills required
  • No need to execute any command
  •  No data loss
  • Multiple saving options
  • Free trial version is available as well
  • No change to the original EDB file
  • Supports all versions of Exchange server including 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016


Conclusion
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.

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Just a few days I have installed your Exchange EDB Recovery Tool. It repaired all my mailbox items and emails and working great. It has recovered all my calendars, company emails and contacts.

Advance Features:

* Repair inaccessible or corrupt EDB files

* Convert EDB Mailboxes to PST file

* Repair and recover Unicode or double-byte EDB files

* Recoup different mailbox items like attachments, mails, notes, contacts, and more

* Selective EDB folders, files, and mailbox recovery

* No limit of 2GB file size when it comes to recover large EDB mailboxes

* Allows recovery of Public & Private folders

* Repairs all Jet Engine and dirty shutdown errors

* Recover Deleted Exchange Server Mailboxes

* Save 25 items/folder to Live Exchange for free – using the trial version

* Use Free Trial Version

Thanks a lot for this amazing tool.
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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). 


  • EDB recovery & migration
  • OST conversion & saving in Exchange/Office 365
  • PST file recovery to various destinations
  • Exchange & Office 365 migrations
  • Exchange backup extractions


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.


  • EDB & PST File Recovery: This suite can easily recover mailboxes and public folders form EDB files. Also, it recovers emails, calendar, contacts, appointments, lost & deleted emails, etc.from PST files. The recovered data can be saved to Outlook PST files and destinations like Exchange/Office 365. Also, individual emails can be saved to MSG/EML formats.
  • OST to PST Conversion: Exchange OST files residing on user systems is a valuable source of user mailbox data after Exchange crashes and disasters. This suite helps you convert OST files to PST files or to import them directly to Exchange/Office 365. And specific OST items can be retrieved to EML, MSG, file formats.
  • Exchange and Office 365 migrations: By using this suite, you can easily migrate your single or multiple mailboxes to Exchange Server or Office 365. Both the source and the destination data can be viewed on the software console to drag & drop or copy & paste the required data. 
  • Exchange back up extraction: This suite helps to extract your Exchange backups from NT Backup and HP Backup and then restore that to hard disk or you can migrate that into Exchange Server.


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. 


  • Displays the source OST file and destination PST file on the software interface
  • Allows to copy mailbox folders or messages from OST file and paste them into PST folder hierarchy.
  • Copies subfolders and creates a hierarchy in PST file as in the OST file.
  • Filters mailbox data by date range (by specifying a date range).



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. 


  • Repairs PST files of all versions of Outlook
  • Before saving, filters mailbox data by date range
  • Allows creating a new Unicode PST file.
  • Imports PST data to Exchange Server and Office 365



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. 


  • Restores EDB mailboxes and public folders to Outlook PST files
  • Splits PST files after the specified size to save the data in multiple PST files
  • Saves EDB mailboxes to Live Exchange Server and Office 365
  • Facilitates selective migration by filtering EDB mailboxes by Item Type & date range
  • Creates operation logs with the details of EDB recovery process



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).


  • Supports Office 365 & all Exchange versions at the source/destination ends of the migration
  • Administrator can copy mailboxes and paste them to the destination
  • Maps mailboxes between the source and destination for smooth migration
  • Can create new mailboxes in the target from the software interface itself
  • Support all versions of Exchange Server



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.

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It seems a nice tool for Exchange email recovery and migration purpose, but I recommend Exchange Toolkit which works fine and because I use it in my last company for all Exchange requirments. Look @ https://www.datarepairtools.com/exchange-toolkit.html
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Stellar Exchange Toolkit allows users:

To repair corrupt EDB files
To extract mailboxes  from EDB files
To extract mailboxes from corrupt BKF files
To convert OST file to PST
To Reset Windows Server Password Recovery

For more information about software features, please check this link: https://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/30936/A-one-stop-solution-for-all-MS-Exchange-Server-issues-from-Stellar-Data-Recovery.html
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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,


  1. Create a share to export to
  2. Assign yourself import / export permissions
  3. Export the mailbox


1. Creating a share


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:


  • There is enough space for the PST files
  • The Exchange server can access to the share
  • Clean it up after


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.



2. Import / Export Permissions


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


  1. Open the Exchange Admin Centre (EAC)
  2. Click Permissions from the left-hand side
  3. Select Admin roles from the top
  4. Click Organization Management from the list
  5. Click the Pencil to edit
  6. Add a member and select the user you wish to give permissions
  7. Click on OK


3. Exporting the mailbox data to PST


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



Once the job has finished the PST file will appear in the share that you created!


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.

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Completely helpful manual solution to export Exchange 2013 EDB mailbox to Outlook PST and users can take advantage from this article. If any case your problem does not solve then you can try third party tools like https://www.datarepairtools.com/edb-to-pst-converter.html
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EDB to PST Converter repairs corrupt or damaged Exchange EDB files and restores the mailboxes into Outlook PST file. You can easily view Mailbox data from the PST files using MS Outlook application. It supports MS Exchange Server Recovery for 2003, 2007, 2010 and 2013 corrupt and unmounted database.
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Are you looking for the options available for exporting EDB files to PST? You may be confused as they are different in different Exchange versions. Here, I will discuss some options available.
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When aforementioned situation occurs, try this EDB to PST Converter tool is a best option to recover or repair data from corrupted exchange edb file and restore/rebuild them in working pst file.It also allow you to save individual items to MSG, EML, RTF, HTML and TXT files.It support recovers emails from Priv1.edb and Pub.edb files.
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Yup, for all such Exchange EDB to PST file conversion cause, one can use EDB to PST Converter tool. It can repair and migrate Exchange EDB file to Outlook PST, Live Exchange Server or Office 365 and support all Exchange & Outlook versions.
Have a look @ https://www.datarepairtools.com/edb-to-pst-converter.html
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