Recovering Data From An Exchange Archive

, Recovering Data From An Exchange Archive

There are many many articles written about how to recover data from an Exchange recovery database, but fewer articles are around that talk about how to recover data from an Exchange archive recovery database.

Normally you can mount a recovery database and run a “New-MailboxRestoreRequest” to get your data.  However, if you want to recover archive data for a user’s archive you cannot just specify the user’s identity because it will default to recovering the user’s primary mailbox.

The solution is to get the GUID for the user’s archive mailbox as follows:

get-mailbox username | fl ArchiveGUID

Now you have the GUID for your user’s archive mailbox.  Now we can run the New-MailboxRestoreRequest as follows:

New-MailboxRestoreRequest -SourceDatabase RDB1 -SourceStoreMailbox “7fe34ded-3d60-4530-9166-a57 2775b2675” -TargetMailbox “restore” -TargetRootFolder “username” -AllowLegacyDNMismatch

The AllowLegacyDNMismatch allows you to recover the user’s archive mailbox to a different user’s mailbox, in this case I’m restoring the data to a mailbox called “restore”.

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Todd received his MBA from Villanova University and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Penn State. Prior to joining Adaptive Solutions as Director of Datacenter Operations in January 2008, Todd worked for his own consulting firm for the last ten years providing technical expertise for a variety of large and mid-sized corporate clients including General Motors (Saturn Division) in Delaware. Todd assumed the role of Chief Technology Officer in December of 2012. In his current role with Adaptive Solutions, Todd helps to set best practices and technology standards for the company. Todd also has a wide range of expertise, including VDI, virtualization, and numerous Microsoft technologies, as well as document management. Todd maintains numerous Microsoft Engineer certifications and is considered an expert in the field of server and desktop virtualization.

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