About restoring data using the Exchange 2003/2007 recovery storage group or Exchange Server 2010 recovery database

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About restoring data using the Exchange 2003/2007 recovery storage group or Exchange Server 2010 recovery database

The Recovery Storage Group (RSG) feature in Exchange 2003/2007 lets you to mount a second copy of an Exchange mailbox store on any Exchange server in the same Exchange Administrative Group as the original while the original store is still running and serving clients. This allows you to recover data from an older backup copy of the store without disturbing client access to current data.

Exchange Server 2010 uses recovery databases instead of RSGs. Each server has a recovery database and there cannot be more than one mounted recovery database.

See your Microsoft Exchange documentation for more information about RSGs and recovery databases.

After the RSG or recovery database is created, you can restore online backup sets to it. Then you can use the version of the EXMerge utility in Exchange 2003 or Exchange Management Shell in Exchange 2007/2010 to extract mailbox data from the stores into .PST files, and optionally merge the extracted data back into the online stores.

If the RSG or recovery database resides on a different Exchange server than the databases you are restoring, you should review the requirements for redirecting the restore of Exchange storage groups or recovery databases.

See About redirecting Exchange storage group and database restores.

Following are requirements for restoring data using the Exchange 2003/2007 data Recovery Storage Group (RSG) or Exchange Server 2010 recovery database:

  • For Exchange 2003, data cannot be restored from a snapshot backup.

  • If multiple stores are selected for restore, mailbox stores in the RSG must come from the same storage group. You cannot add mailbox stores from different storage groups to the RSG at the same time.

  • Public folder stores are not supported for restore using the RSG.

  • Do not mount mailbox stores in the RSG before the restore. If you do mount the stores before the restore, then you must dismount them. Select the following option on the database property page in Exchange System Manager:

    This database can be overwritten by a restore

    Then, delete any files created in the data path for the RSG and added stores prior to restoring them.

    Any files created in the data path for the RSG and added store or stores, should be deleted as well, if stores were mounted prior to the restore.

  • On the server that hosts the RSG, there must be a storage group with the same name as the original storage group for the data you are restoring. If no such storage group exists on the server, then you can use that name for the RSG when you create it.

  • The Active Directory topology of the Exchange system must be intact and in the same state it was in when the backup was made. You cannot restore mailbox stores that were deleted and recreated. In addition, you cannot recover mailboxes from stores if the mailboxes were deleted and purged from the system or moved to other servers or mailbox stores.

  • Only Exchange mailbox stores from Exchange 2000 Server with Service Pack 3 or later can be restored to the RSG. Restored mailbox stores are upgraded to the store version currently running on the RSG server.

  • When the RSG exists on a server, the mailbox stores that it contains are the only stores that can be restored on that server by default. Symantec recommends that you create the RSG only when you intend to recover data using it, and remove the RSG from the server after the data recovery is complete.

  • You can have more than one recovery database, however, you can only mount one recovery database to recover data.

  • Do not mount the recovery database before the restore. If you do mount the recovery database before the restore, you must dismount it. Select the This database can be overwritten by a restore option on the database property page in Exchange Management Console utility.

Refer to your Microsoft Exchange Server documentation for more information on the requirements and restrictions of recovering Exchange data.

See Restoring Exchange data

See About redirecting Exchange storage group and database restores


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