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Restoring Exchange mailboxes with DPM
Restoring Exchange mailboxes with DPM
We are going to look at the processes of restoring mail using DPM 2010 in Exchange
2007 and Exchange 2010. These processes are somewhat complex and can be
expensive in terms of storage and performance. Mailbox restores should not be a
regular on-going task in most IT departments. If this is the case it is best practice to
find out why these restores are common and the deleted mailbox and item retention
periods should be increased. End-users should then be trained on how to recover
mailboxes within this time frame using their Outlook clients. More information on
this can be found here:
Having a network administrator restore mailboxes should be a last resort in any
environment. Now let's look at recovering mail in Exchange 2007 and Exchange 2010
using DPM.
Recovering mail in Exchange 2007
Exchange 2007 uses Storage Groups (SG) to store the mailbox databases were the
mailboxes reside. Mail cannot be restored directly to the Storage Groups that are
in production. A Recovery Storage Group (RSG) needs to be created and then
mailboxes can be restored to the RSG from backups. Administrators are able to
extract data from mailboxes that have been restored to an RSG without affecting a
production SG. Here are the steps to recover mail in Exchange 2007:
Create an RSG on your Exchange 2007 server for the mailbox database
that you are going to restore to. Creating this RSG can be done via GUI or
PowerShell. In this guide we will show you how to do this via the GUI. In the
Exchange 2010 guide we will show you how to do it via PowerShell. Go to
Start , and then All Programs , Expand Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 , now
launch Exchange Management Console by clicking on it:
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