Restore And Recover Exchange Server 2010 Database With Backup

With the introduction of Exchange Server 2010 while new technology and features came into existence, some essential storage features were removed. One of the major changes which were brought forward was the removal of storage groups which was present in the earlier versions. Due to the removal of storage group, Recovery Storage Groups or RSG also no longer exist. Alternatively, Recovery Database (RDB) is being used in order to restore and recover Exchange server 2010 database. RDB is not tied to a particular database or a server. There can be one or multiple RDBs but only one RDB can only be mounted at a certain instance.
Here in this blog post, we will discuss three methods by which you will be able to completely Exchange server 2010 database.
Method#1: Windows Server Backup
One possible method to recover Exchange server 2010 database is with the help of Windows server backup. In case your database file gets deleted or lost you can restore it with the help of Windows backup. Care should be taken that you have the most recent backup of your database to ensure complete recovery. Follow the below mentioned steps in order to carry out the recovery process: 

  1. Right click on the Exchange Management console which is in a dismounted state.
  2. Select Properties from the drop down menu.

  3. In properties dialog box, click on the Maintenance tab.
  4. In this enable the checkbox- This database can be overwritten by a restore.                     

    The above steps will mark that the mailbox database as recoverable.
  5. To start the recovery wizard, in Windows server backup click Recover.    

  6. Mark the option This server in case the backup is stored on the same server.
  7. Click Next to continue.

  8. A calendar is displayed which shows the date on which the backup was taken. In case more than one backup was taken on the same day, then there will be multiple entries in the dropdown list. Select the backup from which you want to recover the data.
  9. Click Next to continue.

  10. Select the recovery type Application and then select Next option.

  11. Mark the checkbox in case you don’t want to roll over the database forward. If you want to roll over the database, do not select the checkbox. 
  12. Click Next option.

  13. If you want to recover the database to the original location, select Recover to original location.
  14. If you want to recover the database at a new location (in case of corrupted database) select Recover to another location option.
  15. Click Next option.

  16. Click on Restore.

The restore process will depend on the size of the database. Once the database is restored, click on Close.
Method#2: Recover Exchange server 2010 database using Data Protection Manager
In case the recovery of Exchange server does not prove to be successful, you can also try to recover it by using Data protection manager.
Recovering database to an active Exchange database is similar to recovering in Exchange server 2010 standalone node. The administrator after recovering the database must synchronize the passive database to the recovered database. DPM offers five kinds to recover Exchange server 2010 database.
  1. Recover to original location
  2. Recover to different location
  3. Recover to Exchange Recovery database
  4. Recover to a network location
  5. Recover and copy in an external device
Method#3: Recovery with Third Party Application
The above mentioned methods can turn out to be complex in case if even a single step is left out. Also at times it may happen that the backup of the Exchange server database itself goes corrupted. There is no chance that a user can recover Exchange server 2010 database if no backup is available or corrupted. Therefore deployment of third party tool may prove to be helpful in such case.

One such tool is Exchange Server Recovery software. The software recovers dismounted Exchange server mailboxes in an efficient and quick manner. It saves the recovered database in both Live Exchange Server and in Outlook.

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