In this article we will see the procedure to restore Exchange 2010 database to the Recovery Database using Backup Exec 2010.
Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 introduces new technologies and features in many areas, and removes other important storage features. To implement Exchange 2010-compatible backup and restore applications, may need to adjust application to accommodate the changes described in this topic. One of the major changes in Microsoft Exchange 2010 is the removal of the concept of Storage Group which were previously present in Exchange 2003 and Exchange 2007.
Because storage groups were removed from Exchange Server 2010, the Recovery Storage Group (RSG) no longer exists. Instead, if your application needs to restore, recover, and mount an Exchange database to a different location or server, it will use a RECOVERY DATABASE (RDB). The Recovery Database (RDB) is not tied to any original server or database. Each Exchange 2010 server can have no more than one mounted recovery database. There can be multiple recovery databases, but only one can be mounted at a time.
So now lets see the step by step process of creating the Recovery Database (RDB) and then restoring the data to it.
1) Create a Recovery Database (RDB) in Exchange 2010 using the Exchange Management Shell. You cannot create a recovery database using the Exchange Management Console. Refer to Figure.1 and use the following command in shell to create the RDB:
New-MailboxDatabase -Recovery -Name RDB -Server “servername” -EdbFilePath "path" -LogFolderPath "path”
For Eg.: new-mailboxdatabase -Recovery -Name BD100 -Server MBX1 -EdbFilePath "D:\BD100\Database\BD100.edb" -LogFolderPath "D:\BD100\Logs"
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.
2) Select the Database to be restored from the Backup Exec Restore job properties
3) Go to Microsoft Exchange Redirection and select Redirect Exchange Sets. Enter the following options as shown in Figure.2
Redirect to Server or Database Availablity Group:
Restore to Database or Recovery Database:
3) Go to Microsoft Exchange and select Default options
4) Run the restore
5) Once the restore is successfully completed data from a RDB can be merged to an existing mailbox or exported to a folder.
Hope this helps many Backup Exec users..... !!!