Recovering user mailboxes data to new Exchange server

Now, we will move to recovering mailboxes. Before proceeding you should make sure that the Exchange Server is running Exchange Server 2003 with Service Pack 1 or higher, because this method will only work if it has at least service pack 1 or higher. You will have to use ExMerge as an alternative otherwise.

  • First you have to open Recovery Storage Group container and then expand database container to recover the mailboxes from the Recovery Storage Group.
  • You will be seeing three sub containers where one of them will be named Mailboxes. You should Right-click on the Mailboxes container and select the Exchange Tasks option from the resulting shortcut menu. This will launch the Exchange Tasks Wizard.
  • Here, you will be shown a welcome screen, select Next to bypass it.
  • On next screen, select the Recovered Mailbox Data option and select Next option again.
  • Now, verify the destination mailbox store and click Next again and you will be see a prompt to decide whether you want to merge the restore data into the users mailbox or if you’d prefer to copy the contents of the restored mailbox over top of the user’s existing mailbox.
  • Even though the merge option sounds like best choice at first, you must use the other option which is copy option instead as choosing the merge option will cause problems since you have swapped databases.
  • Select Next and provide a start time for the recovery process.
  • Lastly, select once more to start the mailbox restoration process and once process is completed, select finish button. This completes the recovery process of mailbox.

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