MS Exchange recovery (full)

The choice of software for MS Exchange recovery depends on the availability of original storage groups (storage groups contain logs and stores, or databases).

  • If the original storage groups are still available (no matter what their state is), we recommend using the in-place restore feature in the Backup Manager.

  • If the original storage groups have been destroyed or if you want to recover the data to a different machine, use the Virtual Drive utility or recover the data to an intermediate directory with the Backup Manager.

The current instruction describes how to recover MS Exchange to the original location using the Backup Manager. The fastest way to accomplish the task is by overwriting the current version (in-place restore). In some cases you might want to restore the data to an intermediate location and then attach it to the Exchange server manually. This requires several additional steps (view instruction).

Requirements and pre-recovery settings

You should install the Backup Manager to the same machine where MS Exchange is installed. The original data stores should be available.

If you have a large amount of data to restore, you can adjust some settings to speed up the process. The instructions are the same as for other data sources (How to speed up a slow restore).

Performing in-place recovery of MS Exchange

Here is how to recover MS Exchange to the original location:

  1. Start the Backup Manager. Click Restore > Exchange.

  2. Select a session to restore.

  3. In the recovery selection, select the whole storage group (this is necessary to complete the recovery).

  4. Leave the Restore to field blank.

  5. Click Restore.

  6. Hold on till the recovery process is completed (there will be a confirmation message).

Note that during in-place Exchange recovery all of the previous data gets overwritten except for transaction logs. Logs that haven't been backed up are added to the recovered version.