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I've been presented with an old MS Exchange 2003 server which contains a lot of important emails.

How would I best recover these emails?

My dream scenario would look something like this:

  1. Install program y on old server.
  2. Program y locates .xxx files containing users emails.
  3. Program y converts .xxx files into separate Outlook .pst-files for importing.

Is something like this possible?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Regards, James

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up vote 5 down vote accepted

Is the server bootable? Does the Mailbox Store mount? If so, you could use exmerge to extract the email.

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+1, my thoughts exactly. Why use tools you have to pay for when Exchange has built in ones to do exactly what you need. Assuming this server boots, that is. – DanBig Jan 26 '11 at 13:26

If you have Exchange Databases and logs available, you can use Ontrack PowerControls to recover data / mailboxes from your DB.

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I've used the ontrack tools for DR before. Not that cheap but works really well for this kind of scenario. – RobM Jan 26 '11 at 10:13

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