The Exchange Server Backup and Recovery Toolbox

Take control of your email data with this powerhouse collection of Exchange Server backup and recovery tools. From restoring corrupted databases and deleted email to reclaiming missing public folders and .PST files, you'll find the resources you need to master backup and recovery in an Exchange Server environment.

Take control of your email data with this powerhouse collection of Exchange Server backup and recovery tools. From restoring corrupted databases and deleted email to reclaiming missing public folders and .PST files, you'll find the resources you need to master backup and recovery in an Exchange Server environment.

   AUTHREST.EXE    Data Protection Manager
   Exchange Mailbox Merge    Exchange Disaster Recovery
Wizard (ExMerge) Analyzer Tool
ESEUTIL    NTBACKUP
ISINTEG PST2GB
PFDAVAdmin

ESEUTIL
Recovering a store after a 'dirty shutdown'
A "dirty shutdown" of your Exchange Server can leave your store(s) in an inconsistent state. To fix this, you need to perform a recovery using ESEUTIL with the /r option.
Repairing Exchange Server database corruption
When ESEUTIL is used to repair a corrupted database, it deletes anything it doesn't understand. Going in, there's no way to know how much data is going to be lost. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to handle a corrupted mailbox store in Exchange Server 2003.
What should I do when ESEUTIL fails?
SearchExchange.com expert David Sengupta offers advice on what to do if ESEUTIL fails to repair your databases.
When the lights go out: Exchange disaster recovery, part 1
The two most powerful tools for disaster recovery with Exchange databases are ESEUTIL and ISINTEG, two command-line tools that come with Exchange Server.
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NTBACKUP
Sample batch file script to run NTBACKUP on Exchange
Learn about a sample batch file script that will guide NTBACKUP through a full backup of your system state and Exchange Server information store.
Can we automate NTBACKUP restores?
SearchExchange.com expert David Sengupta explains your command-line options when using the NTBACKUP utility to automate backup and restore jobs.
NTBACKUP caveat for Exchange and system state backups
Find out why you shouldn't back up the system state and Exchange information store in the same backup set when using NTBACKUP.
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AUTHREST.EXE
Authoritative Restore Tool
This tool is generally needed in a scenario where a directory server containing data older than the production directory needs to be restored and the missing data must be backsynchronized to the other production servers.
Is an authoritative restore appropriate?
There are situations in which Exchange Server's recovery method can work against you. To get around this problem, Microsoft has a tool called AUTHREST.EXE.
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Data Protection Manager (DPM)
Backing up Exchange Server with Data Protection Manager
While Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) does not natively support Exchange Server backups, there is an unconventional workaround that will let you use DPM to back up your Exchange Server databases.
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Exchange Disaster Recovery Analyzer Tool (DRAT)
Introducing the Exchange Server Disaster Recovery Analyzer Tool
Microsoft's Exchange Server Disaster Recovery Analyzer Tool can examine your database headers, transaction logs, etc., and use the collected information to provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to mount the Exchange Server database.
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Exchange Mailbox Merge Wizard (ExMerge)
Exchange Server Mailbox Merge Wizard (ExMerge)
Microsoft's ExMerge tool allows organizations to extract data from mailboxes on an Exchange server and then merge that data into mailboxes on another Exchange server. The ability to merge data to and from Exchange servers makes this program useful during disaster recovery.
Recovering mailbox and public folder data in Exchange 2000
Expert Peter terSteeg reveals how to recover mailbox and public folder data in Exchange 2000 using ExMerge or PubMerge.
Restoring selected deleted email in Exchange 2000
SearchExchange.com expert David Sengupta explains how to restore only selected email that has been deleted in Exchange 2000 Server Standard Edition with the help of ExMerge.
Exchange Admin 101: Backing up, restoring Exchange Server
The easiest way to restore an individual mailbox is to buy an Exchange aware backup program that supports brick-level restore operations. If that isn't an option for you, another method is to use the ExMerge utility.
When the lights go out: Exchange disaster recovery, part 2
Here's some advice on using the ExMerge tool for backing up and restoring your Exchange servers -- as well as some backup methods you should avoid.
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ISINTEG
Running the ISINTEG command
This utility checks for any problems with mailboxes, public folders, and other parts of the information store.
Copying an existing Exchange configuration to a new server
Back up the directory store and information store, and then restore it to a new server with the help of the ISINTEG command.
Using ISINTEG to square mailbox resources in Exchange 5.5
Learn how to use the ISINTEG command to make sure your mailbox resources are correct.
When the lights go out: Exchange disaster recovery, part 1
If you have no backup methodology worth speaking of, you must work with what you have left over, and for that you need the right tools. The two most powerful tools for disaster recovery with Exchange databases are ESEUTIL and ISINTEG, two command-line tools that come with Exchange Server.
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PFDAVAdmin
Recovering deleted Exchange public folder subfolders
Learn how to use the PFDAVAdmin utility to recover deleted Exchange Server public folder subfolders.
Two methods for recovering Exchange Server public folder data
SearchExchange.com expert Bharat Suneja explains how you can use Microsoft's PFDAVAdmin utility if recovery of a deleted Exchange public folder fails because of a permissions issue.
'You do not have permission to recover this item' error
Get up to speed on how permissions work in an Exchange Server public folder hierarchy and how to recover an Exchange Server public folder from backup using PFDAVAdmin.
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PST2GB
Repair and recover .PST files with PST2GB
If a .PST file grows to over 2 GB, it can become damaged and some email items may be lost. Microsoft's PST2GB tool can help.
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Related information from SearchExchange.com:

  • FAQ: Exchange Server backup and recovery
  • Exchange Server Backup and Recovery Learning Guide
  • Our SearchExchange.com experts' favorite freeware
  • Toolbox for Exchange administrators
  • The Microsoft Outlook Toolbox
  • Reference Center: Exchange Server backup and recovery resources

  • This was last published in December 2006

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