How to Recover Microsoft Exchange Server and its Complete Data

Data Protection Manager (DPM) in the Exchange Server is used for the backup & recovery of Exchange data. One can easily recover the Exchange Server mailbox using Data Protection Manager Recovery Wizard. However, the Exchange Server Recovery is executed with Data Protection Manager or DPM. It is important to back up the Exchange Server roles along with client access server and mailbox server transport services. This will help in protecting the Exchange deployment.

In the DPM Recovery wizard, as a user choose the database in the Protected data pane, all the mailboxes belongs to the particular database is showed by the DPM. Using this recovery wizard, one can recover:

Method to Recover a Single MS Exchange Mailbox

The Data Protection Manager or DPM replicates the complete database to enable the recovery of a single mailbox. This policy to copy the entire database is suggested by the Exchange Server. However, the recovery of each mailbox is started via recovery of database. Always make sure that the recovery database must exists before one attempts to recover the Exchange mailbox. Now, to recover a single MS Exchange mailbox, follow the steps mentioned below:

1. Before starting the recovery process, always make sure that the Exchange Server is in protected mode. After that, make sure that recovery mailbox database must exists. If it is not present, creates a new with the help of New-MailboxDatabase cmdlet.

Then, you need to configure the recovery database so that it becomes easy to overwrite it by Set-MailboxDatabase cmdlet

For Instance:

“New-MailboxDatabase -Recovery -Name RDB-CONTROL -Server E2K13-MBX1”

“Set-MailboxDatabase -Identity ‘RDB-CONTROL’ -AllowFileRestore $true”

2. After that, in the DPM Administrator Console, click on the Recovery view and choose the mailbox (from All Protected Exchange Data node) that you want to recover

3. Here, all available recovery points are displayed in bold on the calendar in the recovery point section. Then, click on the particular date and choose the recovery point by clicking on Recovery time >> Recover to proceed further

4. Now, from the Recovery Wizard, you need to review the recovery selection and click on Next button to continue

5. Then, you can specify the type of recovery that needs to be performed and click on Next again

6. Here, in the Specify Recovery Options page, do the following:

7. Review the Recovery settings on the Summary page and click on the Recover option. As the recovery process completes, click on the Close button

8. When the recovery process completed successfully the Exchange mailbox is not restored completely to which it belongs. However, the MS Exchange database is restored to the Recovery mailbox database. In order to restore the mailbox, execute the following cmdlets:

“New-MailboxRestoreRequest –SourceDatabase ’RDB-CONTROL’ –SourceStoreMailbox ‘mailbox name’ –TargetMailbox –TargetRootFolder Recovery -SkipMerging StorageProviderForSource”

Point to Remember: SkipMerging StorageProviderForSource needs to be added in the cmdlet, or it will dispaly an error message.

9. As the restoration of database is completed successfully, one can easily dismount and delete the Recovery mailbox database by executing Windows PowerShell cmdlet:

“Remove-MailboxDatabase -Identity ‘RDB-CONTROL”

Method to Recover Exchange EDB Database

1. Click on the Recovery View in the DPM Administrator Console, And, choose the mailbox database that you need to recover (from All Protected Exchange Data node)

2. All the recovery points are displayed in the recovery points section. You can click on a particular date and then choose the Latest to get the most recent backup. Then, click on the Recover option

3. Now, review the recovery selection that you made earlier in the Recovery wizard and then click on Next to continue

4. After that, specify the type of Exchange Server recovery that you want to perform and again, click on Next

5. Next, in the Specify Recovery Options page, perform the following operations:

6. In order to restore by overwriting, return to Exchange Server and enable database. Otherwise, the restore procedure will be fail. Now, open EAC and go to Servers >> Databases. Then, choose the correct database that needs to be overwritten and then, click on Edit to continue with Exchange database recovery procedure

7. After this, click on Maintenance option and choose This database (DB) can be overwritten by a restore option and then click on Save

8. Here, on the Summary Page, one can review the recovery settings in the Recovery Wizard and then, choose Recover. When the recovery process completed successfully, click on Close

9. Now, to verify the restoration process, you can check the mailbox contents. If the mailbox database, which is recovered is a part of the Database Availability Group (DAG), suspension and failure of the process is displayed

10. In order to resume the DAG operation, choose the suspended database copy and click on the Resume option. A dialog box prompts to reset the database, click on Yes.

Method to Recover Complete Exchange Server

1. In this also, open the DPM Administrator Console and go the Recovery view. Then, choose the Server that is to be recovered

2. All recovery points that are available will be highlighted as bold in the Calendar in the recovery points section. After that, specify the date and then choose a recovery point from the given list. Then, right-click on the Bare Metal Recovery (BMR) & click on the Recover option

3. Now, in the Recovery Wizard you need to review the recovery selection and then click on Next

4. Next, a Select Recovery Type page will appear so, click on Copy to a network folder in order to restore the Server on a separate network location. Or, if you have one, then simply click on the Copy to tape option

5. After that, in the Specify Destination page, choose the location to copy the database files, which can further be used to perform BMR or Bare Metal Recovery

6. Next, on the Specify Recovery Options page, perform the following task:

7. To view the status of the process, go to the Monitoring tab. A ‘Recovery success’ dialog box will appear on the completion of the process

8. Insert the ISO of the operating system to run the BMR and then, choose the Repair option. After that, choose the System Image Repair in the Advanced Options Just ignore the warning about ‘system image not found’ appear in the Re-image your computer wizard

9. After that, Select a system image backup page will appears. Then, click on the Select a system image >> Advanced option to choose recovery files from the network share. Now, click on Search for a system image on the network. If the message prompted, click on the Yes to connect with the network

10. Here, specify the network folder, choose backup along with date & time of the correct the image that you want to restore. In last, mention the disk settings & additional drivers and click on Finish button to begin the restore process.

A Simple & Easy Solution to Recover Exchange Server & its Data

The manual solution discussed above helps users in recovering the Exchange Server and its data. However, it becomes very lengthy and complex to perform. As the Exchange Server mailbox data is stored in the EDB files. Therefore, to repair and restore the corrupt edb file data, one can use Exchange EDB to PST converter. The tool is designed in such a manner that it first repair the damaged EDB file and after that export it to PST file format. This is an effortless solution to recover Exchange Server and its data without any hassle.