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Exchange 2003 - Find user mailbox store after user has been deleted RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello All,

    We have 2 exchange servers with 8 storage group and about 32 mailbox stores. 2 years ago, someone deleted exchange attributes and user account. Now we need to restore that user mailbox from 2 years. I have the backup tapes for last 2 years, but I dont know what mailbox store that user used to reside in.

    any suggestions greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Friday, May 13, 2011 3:48 AM

Answers

  • Dear Jatin,

    If you have some old mails from this user, you can find out on which server it was on.

    Just select the mail, right mouse click, select Properties.

    Henny

     

    • Proposed as answer by Gen Lin Monday, May 16, 2011 9:45 AM
    • Marked as answer by Gen Lin Friday, May 20, 2011 6:48 AM
    Friday, May 13, 2011 7:23 AM
  • No easy way to do this. Like hennym says, the email will tell you which server but not the group. If you have the server, you can atleast use the recovery storage group and restore all databases per storage groupat once. I would do this after hours because of the work load and make sure you have enough space where you set the recovery to and the temp restore option as well.

     

     

    • Proposed as answer by Gen Lin Monday, May 16, 2011 9:45 AM
    • Marked as answer by Gen Lin Friday, May 20, 2011 6:48 AM
    Friday, May 13, 2011 1:51 PM

All replies

  • Dear Jatin,

    If you have some old mails from this user, you can find out on which server it was on.

    Just select the mail, right mouse click, select Properties.

    Henny

     

    • Proposed as answer by Gen Lin Monday, May 16, 2011 9:45 AM
    • Marked as answer by Gen Lin Friday, May 20, 2011 6:48 AM
    Friday, May 13, 2011 7:23 AM
  • No easy way to do this. Like hennym says, the email will tell you which server but not the group. If you have the server, you can atleast use the recovery storage group and restore all databases per storage groupat once. I would do this after hours because of the work load and make sure you have enough space where you set the recovery to and the temp restore option as well.

     

     

    • Proposed as answer by Gen Lin Monday, May 16, 2011 9:45 AM
    • Marked as answer by Gen Lin Friday, May 20, 2011 6:48 AM
    Friday, May 13, 2011 1:51 PM
  • If you've got backups for your AD (some people do keep it for business reasons), perform a authorative restore for that user Object.

     

    Friday, May 13, 2011 6:14 PM
  • You're not going to be able to find out unless you do a restore of the AD user object. I periodically do ldifde dumps of my entire AD for quick references when I need to reference something a while back such like these. I've also had old move mailbox logs that I've referenced in the past to get this info if you still have it on your server.
    James Chong MCITP | EA | EMA; MCSE | M+, S+ Security+, Project+, ITIL msexchangetips.blogspot.com
    Saturday, May 14, 2011 6:34 PM
  • How do you assign mailboxes to stores? Any formula or pattern?

     

    Saturday, May 14, 2011 6:42 PM
  • Hi

    Is there any update?


    Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread. Thanks Gen Lin-MSFT
    Friday, May 20, 2011 5:43 AM