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Recover Exchange databases and mailboxes with DPM 2007

You can use Data Protection Manager 2007 to recover Exchange databases and Exchange mailboxes. Get the steps to recover both and see what role storage groups play in the recovery process.

Begin the process to recover a database by opening the DPM 2007 Administrator Console and selecting the Recovery tab. Then navigate through the console tree to the storage group containing the database you'd like to recover. You should see the databases within the storage group listed in the console's lower center pane.

Select the database you want to recover, then select the recovery point that you'd like to restore. Click the Recover link found in the Actions pane. When the Recovery Wizard launches, make sure that it lists the correct recovery point, then click Next.

Choose the type of recovery you want to perform. Click Next to view the Recovery Options screen. This screen gives you the option to mount the databases after they have been recovered. You can also send optional notifications . Click Next and then Recover to initiate the recovery process.

Recovering a single mailbox

Data Protection Manager doesn't offer a direct way of performing brick-level recovery, but it does make it easy to recover a single mailbox. The first step is to create a recovery storage group on your Exchange server.

Open the Exchange Management Console and click on Toolbox. Next, double-click the Database Recovery Management option. When the wizard begins, click Next to bypass the welcome screen.

Select the Create a Recovery Storage Group option. Choose the storage group you'd like to link to the Recovery Storage Group and click Next.

On the following screen, make note of the name of the Recovery Storage Group and the database name, then click the Create the Recovery Storage Group link. When the Recovery Storage Group is created, click the Go Back to Task Center link.

Now go to your Data Protection Manager server, open the console and go to the Recovery tab. Navigate through the console tree and select the storage group containing the database with the mailbox you'd like to restore. Choose the recovery point from which you want to restore the mailbox, then select the database where the mailbox is housed and click Recover. Windows will launch the Recovery Wizard.

Verify that the correct recovery point has been chosen and click Next. On the next screen, verify that the Recover to Recovery Storage Group option has been selected and click Next (Figure 1).

Recover the database to a recovery storage group
Figure 1. Choose the option to recover the database to a recovery storage group.

When prompted, enter the name of your recovery storage group and mailbox, then click Next. On the next screen, click select the option to mount the databases after they are recovered.

Click Next and then Recover to begin the recovery process. When the process completes, click Close.

Your final step is to return to your Exchange Server and open the Exchange Management Shell. You'll have to use the Restore Mailbox command to recover the user's mailbox:

Restore-Mailbox –Identity <user's name> -RSGDatabase <recovery storage group>

Let's say you wanted to restore a mailbox for User1 that resided on Server1. Let's also say that your recovery storage group was named Recovery Storage Group and your mailbox database was named Mailbox Database. The command would look like this:

Restore-Mailbox –Identity User1 –RSGDatabase "Server1\Recovery Storage Group\Mailbox Database"

When prompted, enter Y to begin the recovery process.

About the author: Brien M. Posey, MCSE, is a five-time recipient of Microsoft's Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for his work with Exchange Server, Windows Server, Internet Information Services (IIS), and File Systems and Storage. Brien has served as CIO for a nationwide chain of hospitals and was once responsible for the Department of Information Management at Fort Knox. As a freelance technical writer, Brien has written for Microsoft, TechTarget, CNET, ZDNet, MSD2D, Relevant Technologies and other technology companies. You can visit Brien's personal website at www.brienposey.com.

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