Restore individual emails from tape backup
Dear experts :-)
I received a request to restore some emails from a mailbox that were deleted more than half a year ago.
At the time we were still using Backup Exec 12. Now we are using Backup Exec 2010R3.
Half a year ago, we were allready making GRT backups to disk and duplicate jobs for these backups to tape for archiving purposes.
But...to be honest, I have never done a restore from tape. I don't even know if it is possible to restore individual emails with Backup Exec 12 and restore those with Backup Exec 2010R3. I did test the restore from disk. This was pretty straight forward. Simply selecting the emails, hit restore, and voila... The emails were restored instantly within seconds.
I know there are some things to take into account when restoring from tape. If I am not mistaken the entire backup on tape must be staged to disk and from there there GRT restore needs to be done.
If possible, I am looking for some guidance on this. Is there any documentation on this? Basically I am looking for an A to Z guidance on how to restore a single email from tape.
Questions that come to mind are:
- Were is the staging area? On the media server or on the Exchange server
- There are some checkmarks like "dismount database before restore". Does this means that the entire database is shutdown. Goal is to not interfere the other mailbox that are in the same database.
- Is there a need to create recovery storage group? I have never worked with those
What are my best options here? Goal is to restore a few emails without any downtime for the users. (eg shutdown a complete database)
Any thoughts are appreciated.