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  • Recovering Public Folder Content - help

    We rely heavily on Public Folders. Last fall (prior to me working at
    this job) they were cleaned up. The data was backed up to tape. I
    now need to recover a posted message prior to that cleanup. I have
    the tape, have cataloged it, and am confident we have the data. I've
    read that you cannot use the Recovery Storage Group to recover Public
    Folder content. I am not trying to recover data from 'deleted items'
    and this is not a disaster. Can I use Recovery Storage Group or
    create a new Public Folder Store or do I have to build another
    Exchange server as some documentation says?

    Any info is greatly appreciated-
    Thanks-

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    Re: Recovering Public Folder Content - help

    You cannot use an RSG for public folder content. Therefore to do the restore you will have to build a separate recovery server. This is basically another server in a recovery domain, with the same name and Exchange org as the original server. You restore in to that, mount the server and then add a workstation with Outlook installed to the recovery domain and extract the content from the public folder through Outlook in to a PST file.

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    • #3
      Re: Recovering Public Folder Content - help

      Thanks. Can you explain a bit more about the "recovery domain?" If this is a different domain, then wouldn't I need to separate, new AD domain since Exchange will query a GC? What is involved in configuring the recovery domain?

      Thanks a lot-

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      • #4
        Re: Recovering Public Folder Content - help

        I'll answer and if Simon thinks I've missed something I'm sure he'll hop in.

        http://www.computerperformance.co.uk...ive_forest.htm

        is one place you can start reading.

        Basically we're talking about a totally separate forest (and naturally Exchange Org.), different network.
        • You set up a server/strong PC with Win2003 and all SPs, computer name or IP does NOT matter;
        • You install AD, domain name does NOT matter;
        • You install Exchange - same version - SAME Organization name as production!
        • You install rellevant SPs;
        • You create stores, SAME names as in production!
        • You restore stores to the new server;
        • You connect mbxs to demo users, or if PF, then use Outlook to connect to the PF and export what you need to PST.
        Cheers,

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

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