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    hello all

    I am novice in exchange server. Now I am using exchange 2003. i have gotten lots of documentation on restoring of mail box database. But I don't get any good documentation on public folder restore by using NTBACKUP. I want to restore public folder by NTBACKUP. I can restore successfully mailbox storage using recovery storage group and NTBACKUP. But unfortunately public folder storage isn't supported by recovery storage group. Please can anyone tell any safe and reliable way to restore public folders by using NTBACKUP??

    Thanks and regards
    Nasif Bin Shafi

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    Re: restoring public folders

    There is only one way to restore public folders - and that is a recovery server. That will mean building a separate domain, separate server off the production network to recover the entire public folder store to, then moving the data that you want to the production network via PST files. It is a slow painful process, but cannot be avoided. It hasn't changed since Exchange 5.5 days.

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    • #3
      Re: restoring public folders

      If the retention time has not expired you can however (Sembee, correct me if i'm wrong), restore the Public folder usign PFDAVADMIN (3.0).

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      • #4
        Re: restoring public folders

        as Sembee says, using MS only tools you're stuck with restoring to a whole new build, grabbing the data out and then importing back into your live environment.

        However, I would suggest you have a look at Ontrack PowerControls which allows you to recover back to an almost virtual Exchange server and then export data either out to pst file of directly into your exchange stores.

        I've got a public folder recovery to do later this week and will be making use of this software. Another nice thing is that you can pretty much do away with brick level backups and use this bit of kit to recovery individual e-mails as required.
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        • #5
          Re: restoring public folders

          Have you seen how much Power Controls is? If you already own it, then fine.

          I tell that purchase price to a client for a quick restore and they laugh at me. I can still do a recovery server for less than the cost of that software (taking in to account my fees).

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          • #6
            Re: restoring public folders

            Originally posted by Sembee View Post
            Have you seen how much Power Controls is? If you already own it, then fine.

            I tell that purchase price to a client for a quick restore and they laugh at me. I can still do a recovery server for less than the cost of that software (taking in to account my fees).

            Simon.
            yep, I know the price as I have a current quote sat here in front of me funnily enough

            Ball park figures now but 6 Exchange servers, ~300 mailboxes, Veritas agent, public folder cover and mainenance ~6,000.

            To me, that's not a lot at all to be able to recover easily and do away with pesky brick level backups. Though I'd be interested to hear how you do it as I'm always willing to learn something new
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            • #7
              Re: restoring public folders

              Well for 6k I could have a recovery server sat there waiting, with the required tape drive installed.
              Brick Level Backups? I have never done those, no need with Exchange 2003 and the recovery storage group and a fast backup drive.

              Wouldn't catch me spending 6k on a solution based around PowerControls - PC is a last resort product for me - and I haven't had to use it in anger yet.

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              • #8
                Re: restoring public folders

                Interesting approach having a standby server just for recovery though I'm not sure that would work for us as we are a touch fragmented around the country.

                Rough figures in my head, I reckon a replacment server and tape drive inline with our existing ones would be approximately 5,000 to 6,000 so not far off the Ontrack quote really but the software can be on each site whereas the server would be on one.

                Brick level backups are pretty much a requirement for us due to our heavy use of public folders and the need to be able to restore a single e-mail when needed. Gotta love regualtions, huh? lol I do agree that brick levels are kinda pointless with the recovery store available in Exchange 2003. Again, we're a bit mixed and have a 2000 Ent box in HQ that would be "fun" to restore.

                Thanks for discussing this as it's a good way to see how other people do things.
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