Restore Exchange mailboxes to new version?

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Restore Exchange mailboxes to new version?

by KGW » Tue Dec 15, 2015 5:12 am

I have an Exchange 2008 server with problems, but BackupAssist is backing up the mailboxes.
My question is: Will BackupAssist restore those mailboxes to a new server (Exchange 2013)?
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Re: Restore Exchange mailboxes to new version?

by michael.jones » Tue Dec 15, 2015 10:07 pm


It's Michael Jones from support.

Yes, Exchange PST backups can be imported in to Exchange 2013.

To restore Exchange mailboxes and public folders using the BackupAssist Restore Console:
1. Click Restore in the navigation bar and choose BackupAssist Restore Console.
2. Click Load all known backups to load all backup catalogues located in the BackupAssist settings folder. Alternatively
use the Browse option to locate the backup set from which you want to restore.
3. Choose the job that corresponds to the backup from which you want to restore.
4. Use the calendar to select the date of the backup from which you want to restore (backups are marked in bold)
5. Optional: if multiple backups were created on the same day a Time drop-down menu will appear below the
calendar, which you can use this menu to select the appropriate backup.
Using the BackupAssist Restore Console
Use the BackupAssist Restore Console to easily restore both mailboxes and public folders from a specific date range.
Manually opening PST files in Outlook
Use this method for simple scenarios where a user has deleted one or more items, and needs to retrieve the
information quickly.
Using the Microsoft Mailbox Merge Wizard (Exchange 2003)
Use this for when you need an automated way of importing data, such as:
 Importing multiple mailboxes.
 Importing messages using filters – such as between two dates, subject lines, attachments, folders, etc.
For example: Exchange corruption occurs, and a user has lost their entire ‗Sent Items‘ folder.
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6. Use the middle pane and right-most pane to expand the loaded backup set and select the data you wish to restore.
 Please note: mailboxes must be restored independently of other data. If you need to restore other data, such
as files, applications or the System State, as well as Exchange mailbox data you will need to complete this as a
separate restore task.
7. If any mailbox or public folder backups are included within the loaded backup set, named Exchange Server(s) will
appear in the middle pane. If you select an Exchange Server from the tree a list of mailboxes available for restore will
appear in the right-most pane. From here you can choose which mailboxes to restore, as well as the date range of the
mail items that you want to recover (for example you might want to retrieve all of jan.doe's mail data from July 2010).
8. Once you have selected the data you wish to restore click the Restore to button to the bottom right of the window.
9. In the middle drop-down menu you can choose where you want to restore your mailbox and public folders to:
 Original location: the mailboxes selected for restore will be copied directly back into the Exchange Server that
they were originally exported from.
 Alternate server: the mailboxes selected for restore will be copied to an alternate Exchange Server of your
choosing. Click the Select button to choose an alternate server to restore to. If no Exchange Servers are
detected, click the Select button to search for one.
 Alternate path: all mailboxes will be restored as separate PST files to a single folder of your choosing. you can
have all your mailbox PST backups. You can then open up any of the PST files extracted with Outlook and dragand-drop
the required mail items back a the user's live mailbox. This option is useful if your PST backups are
distributed across multiple folders (e.g. you used a grouping period or modified your mailbox backup directory
between backup runs).
If you choose to restore your mailboxes to either their original location or an alternate server, you can click the
Configure restore button located under 'Restore options' to change how mailboxes are restored. Here you can
individually specify which mailbox each PST mailbox backup should overwrite in your Exchange Server. This is useful if
an Exchange Server mailbox has been renamed since being backed up, or if you want to overwrite one mailbox with
10.Once you have selected where to restore your data click Restore to the bottom right of the window. Once the restore is
complete the result will be printed to the left of the window. Click the blue link to view the restore report.
Should you have additional questions, please don't hesitate to contact me - I'd be glad to assist you.

Thank You,
Michael R. Jones
BackupAssist Help Desk
US Support New Albany, IN
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