Take the 2-minute tour ×
Server Fault is a question and answer site for professional system and network administrators. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Our exchange 2k3 database got corrupted and we couldn't revive it, so we're going to restore the last backup, which was unfortunately a week ago :-S

My question is, what happens to the cached emails on users machines for that week? We have outlook and Entourage clients connecting to it, with some imap users via other clients.

As soon as the server comes alive again, will the cached emails on the users machines be deleted? Or synched up to the server? Or will nothing happen?

Thanks :) Just wondering if anyone had experience with this.

share|improve this question
add comment

1 Answer

up vote 3 down vote accepted

They will be deleted when the Exchange server comes back online

How many clients do you have? Small enough to export all the cached OSTs to PSTs? Then import them again when the server is back up.

Otherwise, a long shot here, but how far back do your logs go? Maybe you can replay logs and get back that week.

share|improve this answer
1  
+1. This happened to me about 10 years ago. We exported the ost files to pst files then imported them (selecting the option to not import duplicates) when the Exchange database was restored. –  joeqwerty Jul 2 '10 at 10:57
    
+1, so long as you don't have circular logging enabled and the week old backup is your latest you should have all the logs to replay and recover up to time of failure –  ITGuy24 Jul 2 '10 at 14:38
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.