Recovering exchange data from a hard drive in a seperate machine...

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Rosewood, Dec 18, 2006.

  1. Rosewood

    Rosewood Guest

    One of my clients had an interesting week last week. The office manager had
    some personal issues with someone and decided to 1) trash the offsite
    backups that she was in charge of 2) take a fire axe to the server,
    including the external drive and the backup hardware (a box of hardware that
    would allow us to build an identical server at any given time).

    Everything was destroyed EXCEPT the hard drive! The hard drive was
    completely unharmed amazingly enough! The new hardware and server is up and
    running and is completely different then what we had before there. I can't
    get it to boot up, even in safe mode. But like I said, the drive is fine
    and the data is in tact. All the documents, faxes, etc. were easy enough to
    recover of course. However, I've never had to recover exchange files like

    Any pointers on what I need to do would be very helpful. Thank you.
    Rosewood, Dec 18, 2006
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  2. Rosewood

    Jan Guest

    You can recover most if not all content of store. You could simply try to:
    1. dismount existing empty store
    2. copy four store files from hard disk you salvaged
    3. try to mount store
    4. most likely this will fail but you will get errors in event logs that
    well lead you to final solution

    Google event log errors and you will find plenty of articles to help you
    recover exchange data.
    Jan, Dec 18, 2006
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  3. Rosewood

    Rosewood Guest

    Except I can't boot the OS so how am I going to dismount a store?
    Also, where are the store files located?

    Is there not a way to mount the store as read only and then copy info out of
    Rosewood, Dec 18, 2006
  4. Rosewood

    Jan Guest

    Sorry, I understood you had new server up and needed to get data from old

    You should start by ghosting old drive to similar drive in new server.
    Put old drive on shelf just in case your image gets damaged.

    After that you can try to boot from SBS CD1 and run repair of OS.
    You might need to use F6 to load new HDD controller drivers.
    Once you have new server booting from HDD, reapply service packs, updates
    and come back with information on whatever errors you get in logs. We should
    be able to help you sort it out.
    Jan, Dec 18, 2006
  5. Rosewood

    Rosewood Guest

    I've already mirrored the drive and am working from the copy.

    I was hoping that there was an easy way, without using expensive 3rd party
    tools, to simply put the drive in an external chasis, open up the stores and
    start exporting PSTs and be done with it.

    As you can imagine, they don't have a whole lot of spare hardware right now.
    There isn't a machine that we could spare in down time to do a repair
    install to get back into that original os. If that is what we need to do,
    we can do it after the new year but you get where I'm coming from there.

    Thanks again.
    Rosewood, Dec 18, 2006
  6. Rosewood

    Jan Guest

    If you don't have exchange server to mount store on your only option is 3rd
    party utility that can export mailboxes to pst files.
    Jan, Dec 18, 2006
  7. Rosewood

    Rosewood Guest

    I do have a server to mount the store on, but SBS2003 is limited to one
    Rosewood, Dec 22, 2006
  8. .... but I don't think it can be used to mount a store from a different org.
    Could be wrong, though.
    Les Connor [SBS MVP], Dec 23, 2006
  9. Rosewood

    Rosewood Guest

    It really can't because there is no place to browse to the database!

    Rosewood, Dec 23, 2006
  10. Rosewood

    Jan Guest

    Give it a try using recovery storage group. You don't need to browse just
    accept defaults.
    Instead of restoring from online backup, copy edb and stm files from your
    disk and try to mount recovery mail store.
    You will have to use few tricks but it is possible. I have done it in the

    Jan Wakulicz

    Jan, Dec 24, 2006
  11. Rosewood

    Rosewood Guest

    Im working off a VM and a copy of the data.

    When I mount the new store, the owners of the mailboxes show up as NT System
    Authority and not the users themselves :(

    Rosewood, Dec 27, 2006
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