I recently upgraded our Exchange 2007 environment to Exchange 2010 and decommissioned the Exchange 2007 servers.
We have almost 2 years worth of backups for our Exchange 2007 environment that would seem pretty useless to me now, since I cannot restore a mailbox or GRT restore an email to the existing Exchange 2010 servers.
I can't exactly introduce another Exch2007 box into production easily and building up a whole VM environment separate from production might not even work.
Any solution? To be honest I don't need this functionality at the moment, but would like to know how in case it comes up. What do companies with SoX compliance do when they upgrade? Or is it a requirement to use 3rd party email archiving instead that can restore to even a simple text file if needed?