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  • Restore individual mailbox from IS backup / ntbackup / SBS 2003

    Hi all,

    We currently take a full Information Store backup daily using ntbackup on our SBS 2003 server. However one of our users has cleverly deleted all but 3 of her Inbox items and all but 1 of the subfolders of her inbox. And then emptied her deleted items folder. She now needs to get some of it back.

    Is it possible to restore a single mailbox from the backup? Without resorting to restoring the whole thing to a second server and then moving her mailbox over.
    Gareth Howells

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  • #2
    Re: Restore individual mailbox from IS backup / ntbackup / SBS 2003

    This maybe?
    http://blogs.technet.com/asksbs/arch...e-mailbox.aspx

    If you only have an IS backup then you have to restore an IS backup though.
    cheers
    Andy

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    • #3
      Re: Restore individual mailbox from IS backup / ntbackup / SBS 2003

      Using NTBACKUP your only option is to restore the entire store to the RSG and extract what you need from there. There is no per-mailbox backup using the native tools.

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      • #4
        Re: Restore individual mailbox from IS backup / ntbackup / SBS 2003

        You can check tools such as OnTrack PowerControl that will allow you to restore mbx from IS level backup. I am not sure if they have option for NTBackup tho. I know they have agent for ArcServer and Backup Exec.

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        • #5
          Re: Restore individual mailbox from IS backup / ntbackup / SBS 2003

          While this doesnt help your situation now (hopefully you have got it sorted already). But not only is this possible with Mailsite, Zimbra & Kerio, but its about a 2 minute job.

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          • #6
            Re: Restore individual mailbox from IS backup / ntbackup / SBS 2003

            What's your Deleted Items retention set to on the Exchange server? Have you checked the Dumpster for the deleted items?

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