This article describes how to restore a MS Exchange storage group previously backed up by R1Soft CDP.
R1soft CDP provides the ability to take a snapshot of the Microsoft Exchange Storage groups. Since CDP is using the VSS Exchange writer, it ensures data integrity and consistency during the backup operation.
In order to restore a database, follow the instructions below.
1. Open the Web browser connecting to the CDP Server Web Interface and log in.
2. Click on "Hosts" in the Main Menu to access the "Hosts" page.
The "Hosts" page typically loads automatically after you log in.
3. Select the Host by clicking on the appropriate Host Name link in the "Host Name" column. Or you can click on the corresponding "Open" link under "Actions."
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To find a Host, you can use the Host List Filter.
4. Click "Backup and Restore" in the Hosts menu. Then select the "Restore Files and Folders."
Alternatively, you can click "Browse" to access the Disk Safe Browser. Read more in Disk Safe Browser.
5. Select the snapshot you want to restore from. Since each backup is a virtual full backup, you can restore the files from any previous backup/snapshot. Browse to locate the location of the SQL check point file, data and log files (Enn.chk, .mdf & . ldf)
6. Specify to restore the files to an alternate location as we are later going to attach them to an Exchange Recovery Group.
Once the files have been restored, it is time to run Eseutil to get the data files into a clean shutdown state so that they can be attached to a recovery storage group, and have the log files played into the backup.
On the Exchange server where the files were restored, open up the command prompt and change the directory to the location where you restored the .chk, .edb, and .ldf files. Operating inside of the directory, where the data and log files exist, eliminates misspelling and incorrect paths etc.
For example, the file were restored to the c:\test directory, but since the original files were located under
C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\Mailbox\First Storage Group,
the restore directory path will be
C:\test\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\Mailbox\First Storage Group.
From this directory run the following command:
For more information on using Eseutil and the different commands, see the following technet article:
1. From the Exchange Management console, click on the Toolbox Database Recovery Management Open Tool.
2. It is now going to check for some updates.
3. After any updates are performed, go to the Welcome screen. Type in a label for your intentions and click "Next."
4. It will check the connections to the domain controller and the Exchange Server.
5. On the next screen, select "Create a Recovery Storage Group."
6. Select the Storage Group (files previously restored) which will be linked to the Recovery Storage Group. Click "Next."
7. The next screen can be left with the default settings. The Recovery Storage Group paths are the location where the restored files will need to be copied later. Click "Create the Recovery Storage Group."
8. Next, the result will be displayed. Go back to the Task Center.
Copy the files which you previously ran the Eseutil against to the recovery directory (normally located under a folder of the storage group).
Once the files have been copied to the Exchange Recovery Storage Group directory, they can be mounted.
1. From the Welcome screen under the "Microsoft Exchange Troubleshooting Assistant," click "Mount Databases in the Recovery Storage Group."
2. Check which database to mount and click "Mount selected database."
3. Once the database has mounted successfully, click on the "Go back to task center."
4. From the Task Center welcome screen, click "Merge or copy mailbox contents."
5. Specify which database to use for the merge.
6. Locate and check the mailbox needed to be recovered and click "Perform merge actions."
7. Mailbox is now restored.