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  • Is there a tool to access Exchange mailbox stores offline?

    I'm looking for a tool to access Exchange 2003 database files offline, to export emails, contacts and such, without mounting the DB in Exchange. anyone?

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    Re: Is there a tool to access Exchange mailbox stores offline?

    exmerge

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...displaylang=en

    restore your database on a restore group, you don't have to activate the restore group. use exmerge to extract data.
    MCP, MCSA+messaging, MCDBA, OCA.

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    • #3
      Re: Is there a tool to access Exchange mailbox stores offline?

      Exmerge is great, but can be tricky to setup the right permissions, especially on an SBS box or when Exchange is on the DC.

      Using Exmerge, you can export all mailboxes, calendar notes etc. from Exchange into pst files and then merge the data back into another installation of Exchange. You must take the following steps:

      Here are some general-purpose notes, that I've tried and tested, for the benefit of anyone interested in Exmerge:
      • Run exmerge.exe which you downloaded and it will extract it's files. Copy all the files for Exmerge into the /bin directory under your Exchsrvr directory, i.e. C:\Program Files\ExchSrvr\Bin
      • In Active Directory Users and Computers, Click the Advanced Features option from the View menu.
      • Create a new user who will be the Exmerge administrator but do not create an Exchange mailbox for that user - call the user "exmerge" and give a strong password
      • Make "exmerge" a member of the following groups, no more, no less:
      • Administrators (not Domain Admins. To give read/write access to the correct Windows files and folders needed for exmerge.exe to run)
      • Exchange Domain Servers and Exchange Enterprise Servers (to give Receive As permissions on the all of the Information stores, both private and public)
      • For each of the Information Stores in Exchange System Manager, right click and on the Security tab give the user Exmerge at least "Receive As" permissions.
      • Right click exmerge.exe and select Run As... and enter the credentials of the user "exmerge".
      Scheduling Exmerge:

      Use the command as follows, assuming the INI file is in C:\EXMERGEDATA\

      "C:\Program Files\Exchsrvr\bin\ExMerge.exe" -F C:\EXMERGEDATA\EXMERGE.INI -B -D
      Best wishes,
      PaulH.
      MCP:Server 2003; MCITP:Server 2008; MCTS: SBS2008

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      • #4
        Re: Is there a tool to access Exchange mailbox stores offline?

        Exmerge is no good for this job as it requires the store to be mounted.
        The only tool that I know of that can pull information from an offline store is On Track Power Controls.

        Simon.
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        • #5
          Re: Is there a tool to access Exchange mailbox stores offline?

          Exmerge is no good
          Ah well, I stand corrected. I do apologise.
          Best wishes,
          PaulH.
          MCP:Server 2003; MCITP:Server 2008; MCTS: SBS2008

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          • #6
            Re: Is there a tool to access Exchange mailbox stores offline?

            Exactly. Exmerge is not good here.

            However, the Ontrack PowerControls tool has saved my life more than once. It is not free, but it's worth every cent.
            Cheers,

            Daniel Petri
            Microsoft Most Valuable Professional - Active Directory Directory Services
            MCSA/E, MCTS, MCITP, MCT

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            • #7
              Re: Is there a tool to access Exchange mailbox stores offline?

              I have to backp Daniel on that -- Power Controls is the dogs b***ocks as far as recovering emails goes.
              Extracts individual messages up to whole mailboxes from offline stores or goes into backup files to get them

              Saved my (professional) life several times

              Tom
              Tom Jones
              MCT, MCSE (2000:Security & 2003), MCSA:Security & Messaging, MCDBA, MCDST, MCITP(EA, EMA, SA, EDA, ES, CS), MCTS, MCP, Sec+
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              Scotland

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