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My backup software won't let me select RSG as recovery destination

How can you restore an earlier mailbox version without affecting the current mailbox if your backup software doesn't support Exchange 2003 recovery storage groups? SearchExchange.com expert David Sengupta offers some options.

I am trying to restore an earlier version of some existing mailboxes, without affecting the current mailboxes. I have created a recovery storage group, and marked the databases to recover (first storage group and journaling storage group).

However, my backup software (BrightStor ARCserve Backup v 11.1 by Computer Associates) will not allow me to select

the recovery storage group as a destination. If I allow BAB to restore to the original location, can I trust Exchange 2003 Standard Edition to intercept the restored database and place it in the recovery storage group?

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No. The Exchange 2003 recovery storage group will not detect the restore and intercept it. I'd recommend using a third-party product -- such as Quest Software's Recovery Manager for Exchange (disclaimer: I work for Quest) or OnTrack's PowerControls -- that supports reading Computer Associates BrightStor ARCserve Backup v. 11.0, and recovering into online PSTs, production mailboxes or public folders. It can do this without having to stand up a recovery server.


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I was in the same situation (trying to restore an Exchange database to a recovery storage group in Exchange). This is in fact possible using ARCserve v11.1 or v11.5. Follow this link if you would like to know more.
—John V.


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  • SearchExchange.com Reference Center: Backup and recovery
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  • This was first published in October 2005

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