How To Restore Exchange 2010 Mailbox To Different Server

Backup is one of the finest disaster recovery strategies but still there are organizations that do not prepare themselves with backup of database. Email information lost during the disaster like Server failure/downtime, database corruption or any natural calamity.

The aim behind creation of backup creation is to enable DR services for storage or Server. Basically, the requirement of an administrator is to restore data of an individual mailbox. However, there is no automatic mode in Exchange Server hat could help users to restore mailbox database from backup. The relaxing news for the users is that with the help of Exchange 2010 PowerShell commands and MS System Centre DPM 2010, mailbox-level recovery can be accomplished with technical support.

So, to start up the process, one needs to first restore entire database and then extract the required mailboxes from it. Here are the steps that can be followed to recover mailbox database using native Exchange 2010 and Data Protection Manager 2010 and then delivering the recovered data to Outlook PST.

Scenario: A user ABC permanently deleted some of the emails from the mailbox. After checking out that data restore is not possible even from Outlook. Created a folder named "Recovery" inside PST file and then shifted the recovered data from mailbox to it. Here is the process that is needed to be followed:

  • Use Exchange Management Console and find out on which mailbox Server, the database of current mailbox is available. For an instance: The database DB01 is on Server MAILBOX1 where mailbox of "ABC" stored.
  • On the same database, created a temporary mailbox with the username "RECOVERED" on the same Server. Example: "ABC (RECOVERED)" on DB01
  • Run the following command in Exchange PowerShell cmdlet in order to trigger the recovery database in the mailbox Server.

RDBName >> refers to the Recovery Database

ExchangeServerName >> refers to the Server where the RCB has to be created.

While the recovery database location can be set using the following command:

First of all, the database to be transferred should be mounted to the Server. This can be done by restoring the data through backup or previous storage can be attached to the new Server.

A recommendation: Create two copies of recovery database storage folder, RDB1 and RDB2 on MAILBOX01 Server.

  • Now restore the mailbox database using the DPM Console.

Select the "Recovery" option and then from the left panel select the Server name where the copy of database is stored. If Database Availability Group in Exchange 2010 is used, a user is restricted to save the replica of database on some other Server. It cannot be saved on the existing Server.

  • From the screenshot, it can be cleared that the backup up is to be recovered from MAILBOX02 Server.
  • The date and time for recovery can be selected using the calendar. He user mailbox can be located in the "Recoverable Items" section
  • Mention the Server name and the RDB for restoration and start the restoration job.

When this task is complete, run the following command in the PowerShell cmdlet in order to migrate the retrieved content to the "Recovery" folder.

Now extract the recovery mailbox database to PST. When the PST file s delivered to the user, the temporary RDB mailbox and Active Directory account should be deleted.

Remove the database that was being created for restore task by running the following command in PowerShell cmdlet:

For execution of this recovery process, sheer-technical expertise is required. Plus, time and effort investment with no room for mistake is demanded.

Microsoft Exchange EDB Recovery Tool For Easy Recovery Procedure

To restore Exchange 2010 mailbox to different Server, Exchange Recovery software can be utilized. This solution is developed with the ability to transfer mailbox database from Server to Server within a domain. Also, to work around Exchange disaster, the software offers premium help through EDB to PST recovery.

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