Restoring Exchange 2003 Database Backup as a File

Article ID: EXDB0002 Restoring Exchange 2003 Database Backup as a File

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Restoring Exchange 2003 Database Backup as a File

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The Exchange 2003 Database Agent restore operation does not have an option to restore a database as a file.  However, you can still restore an Exchange 2003 database as a file by changing the Agent’s Exchange version to 2007 or newer and using a destination client with a 64-bit Exchange Database Agent installed.  Once the database file has been restored, you can use the Exchange Offline Mining Tool to locate and restore individual email message from the restored database files.

Procedure:

Prepare the destination client

  1. You can use an existing client with an 64-bit Exchange Database Agent installed or you can install a 64-bt Exchange Database Agent in Restore-Only mode on a Non-Exchange Server host.

Prepare the source client

  1. From the CommCell Console browser, expand Client Computers and select the client hosting the Exchange 2003 Agent . 
  2. Right-click on the Exchange Database Agent and then click Properties.
  3. In the Properties dialog box’s General Tab, change the Exchange Version to 2007 or higher. 
  4. Click OK to save and exit the dialog box.

Restore the Exchange Database

  1. From the CommCell Console browser, expand Client Computers and select the client hosting the  Exchange 2003 Agent client
  2. Right-click Exchange Database Agent and then click All Tasks | Browse and Restore.

The Browse and Restore Options dialog box appears.

  1. Click View Content.
  2. In the right pane, select the database that you want to restore, and then Recover Databases.
  3. Select Out of place restore to file location, and then click Without recovery 
  4. Select the  Destination client.

This is the Non-Exchange Server with the 64-bit Restore Only Agent Installed on it.

  1. Browse and select the location on the Destination Client where you want to restore the database as a flat file.
  2. Click OK to start the restore.

You can use the Exchange Offline Mining Tool to locate and restore the email messages from these Exchange Database files(*.edb, *.log, and so on). For more details, see Exchange Database Mining Tool.

Reset the source client

  1. From the CommCell Console browser, expand Client Computers and select the client hosting the  Exchange 2003 Agent . 
  2. Right-click on the Exchange Database Agent  and then click Properties.
  3. In the General Tab, change the Exchange Version back to 2003 
  4. Click OK to save and exit the dialog box.