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Recover a deleted item in a public folder Exchange 2010 sp1

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  • I would like to recover an item deleted from a public folder - a distribution list in this case.  My system is all Exchange 2010 sp1.  This PF DB has a 10 day hold on deleted items so and the Public Folder Management Console shows an item in the deleted list.  All of the other suggestions I have found are related to EX2003 and EX2007 so if someone could point me in the right direction I would greatly appreciate it.

     

    - Dave

    Thursday, April 21, 2011 3:42 PM

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  • Hi Dave,

    you can recover public folder item thru Exfolder utility (New for Exchange 2010)

    http://blog.ronnypot.nl/?p=169

    Exchange, meet ExFolders
    UPDATE 9/13/2010: Added the link to the Exchange 2010 SP1 compatible version of the tool.
    http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/2009/12/04/453399.aspx

     


    Anil
    • Marked as answer by McCue Friday, April 22, 2011 9:22 PM
    Thursday, April 21, 2011 5:24 PM
  • Thank you Amit,

    I read about EXFolders but it seems odd that an extra (BETA) tool would be needed for such a simple and probably popular request.  In earlier versions of Exchange a user could recover it themselves via OWA. 

    Is there any other option?

    -Dave

    Thursday, April 21, 2011 5:33 PM
  • Amit,

    I tried to load EXFolders and received this error:

    An error occurred while trying to establish a connection to the Exchange srver.  Exception: The Active directory user wasn'f found.
    Which is the same as this link. My setup previously included a Exchange 2003 servers.

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/exchange2010/thread/b9bb593e-5edb-473d-8000-73a8cee03002/ 

    The fix indicated in this message was:

    • Open adsiedit and check if there any objects in CN=Servers,CN=Fist administrative group,CN=Administrative Groups,CN=Erste Organisation,CN=Microsoft Exchange,CN=Services,CN=Configuration,DC=domain,DC=local. Is the container "CN=Servers" empty, then delete it.

    The Servers container is empty, but I'm nervious about deleting it as I don't know how to restore if I should have left it there.  Actually all the containers in the First Administrative Group are empty except for the CN=Advanced Security which has CN=Encryption in it.   When I run BPA it still shows the old Administive group but no servers.

    Do you think it is okay to delete the empty Servers container?

     

    Thursday, April 21, 2011 11:55 PM
  • Hi Dave,

    you can recover public folder item thru Exfolder utility (New for Exchange 2010)

    http://blog.ronnypot.nl/?p=169

    Exchange, meet ExFolders
    UPDATE 9/13/2010: Added the link to the Exchange 2010 SP1 compatible version of the tool.
    http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/2009/12/04/453399.aspx

     


    Anil

    This only works for deleted folders.  It does not recover deleted items.  In my case some deleted over 2000+ contacts leaving only 60 contacts behind.  Since no folders were deleted, ExFolders is no help!
    Thursday, December 01, 2011 6:33 PM
  • OK so;

    1. There is a bug in Public folders right now where you cant really recover deleted items or folders in many instances not even with ExFolders, i.e. even if you see them when you try to recover it fails or purges them  - yeah I know fun eh?  That said MS is working on it but its not due out anytime soon :-(
    2. Also Recovery Databases are not an option with PF databases :-(
    3. So what to do?  Well you have a few options;

    A: The Database Shuffle - Not recommended but, you could backup your current PF, ensure no one is accessing it, restore the old PF db, extract what you need to PST, restore the latest PF and recover the PST into the production server.

    B: Create a fenced off VM replica of your Exchange & AD servers, restore the data, extract what you need to PST and then sneaker-net the data from the fenced off network to your production network

    C: Download Lucid8's DigiScope http://www.lucid8.com/product/digiscope.asp which will let you open any offline Mailbox or Public Folder database so that you can Browse or Search all Mailboxes, Folders and Individual items and then you can Export to PST, MSG & XML or Recover the desired data direct from an offline EDB into ANY production Exchange server even alternate versions.


    Troy Werelius
    www.Lucid8.com
    Search, Recover, & Extract Mailboxes, Folders, & Email Items from Offline EDB's and Live Exchange Servers with Lucid8's DigiScope
    Thursday, December 01, 2011 7:42 PM
  • Option C is more prefred ad simple. I use Quest Recovery tool which looks same as DigiScope.
    Anil MCC 2011,ITIL V3,MCSA 2003,MCTS 2010, My Blog : http://messagingschool.wordpress.com
    Friday, December 02, 2011 6:56 AM