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Extract PST from EDB after server catastophe

    Question

  • Long story short, I had a server where the MB went nuts and killed the 3 of the 4 drives in a SBS 2011 Standard server.`The server was old, so client went with whole new hardware. Installed SBS 2011, but the client gave me wrong info as to the domain name and FQDN of the server. They had a backup drive which has the EDB and log files, but FQDN don't match so I can't mount it.

    Is there a way that I can mount, just to extract the PST files? They have close to 100GB of Exchange Data and need access to it. I was able to recovery some by putting their old workstations offline and export to PST, but this was only an option for 10 out of 40 employees that they have, the other 30 used OWA.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Friday, January 8, 2016 10:08 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

    Based on my experience, we can use the Shell to create a recovery database, a special kind of mailbox database that's used to mount and extract data from the restored database as part of a recovery operation. After you create a recovery database, you can move a recovered or restored mailbox database into the recovery database, and then use the New-MailboxRestoreRequest cmdlet to extract data from the recovered database. After extraction, the data can then be exported to a folder or merged into an existing mailbox. Using recovery databases, you can recover data from a backup or copy of a database without disrupting user access to current data.

    Please go through the following TechNet article to get more information:

    Recovery Databases

    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd876954(v=exchg.141).aspx

    To create and restore to an Exchange Recovery Database (RDB), please refer to the following steps:

    1. Use the Shell to create a recovery database:

    Create a Recovery Database

    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee332321(v=exchg.141).aspx

    2. Once the RDB is created and confirmed, proceed with the following steps to prepare for the recovery/restoration process.

    First, perform the following checks:

    a. Verify there are no recovery database .edb or .log files.

    b. Make sure there are no other RDBs mounted. In addition the RDB to be restored into should also not yet be mounted.

    3. Restore Data Using a Recovery Database:

    On the Exchange client, go to the "Restore" screen and identify the database that will be restored under the " Plug-in for Exchange ".

    a. Right-Click database and select "Rename".

    b. Input the name of the RDB (Recovery Database).

    4. From the next window "Restore Options" set the following options:

    a. "This database can be overwritten by a restore flag" for databases

    b. Perform Recovery

    c. Mount Databases After Recovery

    5. Go to the 'Security' tab and use Exchange Administrator credentials. The Source Exchange Server should be default selected. On Target Client, select the Server where the RDB was created. Finally, Submit the Restore.

    6. Following the restore, and before the recovery starts, the name of the .edb file will be updated to that of the RDB. The recovery now starts.

    During the Recovery:

    a. All the remaining files will be created

    b. The RDB will be recovered and mounted

    c. The RDB will become ready for data extraction

    Once the recovery is complete, delete the RDB. The restore and recovery of the Mailbox database is now complete - original database is now accessible.

    Please go through the following TechNet article to get more information:

    Restore Data Using a Recovery Database

    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee332351(v=exchg.141).aspx

    Best Regards,

    Alvin Wang


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    Monday, January 11, 2016 5:10 AM
    Moderator

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  • Hi,

    I think the only way your are going to be able to do this is to use a product the can convert EDB to PST files.

    Something like Stella EDB to PST Converter or similar should do the trick.

    http://www.stellarinfo.com/email-repair/edb-pst-converter.php

    It is going to cost you at least $400 but it is well worth the price and should be fairly straight forward. Not sure of any free ones and if they are available have some limitations.

    Hope that helps

    Regards

    Craig

    Sunday, January 10, 2016 6:28 AM
  • Hi,

    Based on my experience, we can use the Shell to create a recovery database, a special kind of mailbox database that's used to mount and extract data from the restored database as part of a recovery operation. After you create a recovery database, you can move a recovered or restored mailbox database into the recovery database, and then use the New-MailboxRestoreRequest cmdlet to extract data from the recovered database. After extraction, the data can then be exported to a folder or merged into an existing mailbox. Using recovery databases, you can recover data from a backup or copy of a database without disrupting user access to current data.

    Please go through the following TechNet article to get more information:

    Recovery Databases

    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd876954(v=exchg.141).aspx

    To create and restore to an Exchange Recovery Database (RDB), please refer to the following steps:

    1. Use the Shell to create a recovery database:

    Create a Recovery Database

    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee332321(v=exchg.141).aspx

    2. Once the RDB is created and confirmed, proceed with the following steps to prepare for the recovery/restoration process.

    First, perform the following checks:

    a. Verify there are no recovery database .edb or .log files.

    b. Make sure there are no other RDBs mounted. In addition the RDB to be restored into should also not yet be mounted.

    3. Restore Data Using a Recovery Database:

    On the Exchange client, go to the "Restore" screen and identify the database that will be restored under the " Plug-in for Exchange ".

    a. Right-Click database and select "Rename".

    b. Input the name of the RDB (Recovery Database).

    4. From the next window "Restore Options" set the following options:

    a. "This database can be overwritten by a restore flag" for databases

    b. Perform Recovery

    c. Mount Databases After Recovery

    5. Go to the 'Security' tab and use Exchange Administrator credentials. The Source Exchange Server should be default selected. On Target Client, select the Server where the RDB was created. Finally, Submit the Restore.

    6. Following the restore, and before the recovery starts, the name of the .edb file will be updated to that of the RDB. The recovery now starts.

    During the Recovery:

    a. All the remaining files will be created

    b. The RDB will be recovered and mounted

    c. The RDB will become ready for data extraction

    Once the recovery is complete, delete the RDB. The restore and recovery of the Mailbox database is now complete - original database is now accessible.

    Please go through the following TechNet article to get more information:

    Restore Data Using a Recovery Database

    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee332351(v=exchg.141).aspx

    Best Regards,

    Alvin Wang


    Please remember to mark the replies as answers if they help and un-mark them if they provide no help. If you have feedback for TechNet Subscriber Support, contact tnmff@microsoft.com.

    Monday, January 11, 2016 5:10 AM
    Moderator
  • You want to extract pst from backed up edb file, for such thing user can try third party tools. Refer to http://community.spiceworks.com/topic/587425-exchange-2003-recovering-emails-from-old-edb-backup where the same requirement is discussed.

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016 6:59 AM
  • I support Alvwan suggestion for the extraction of pst from Exchange database file, but for further quick process user can refer to third party edb to pst tool.

    Go to http://www.datarepairtools.com/edb-to-pst-converter.html to know about one of the efficient automated solution to convert edb to pst file successfully.

    Sunday, January 24, 2016 11:13 AM
  • Hi, You can achieve this by using Exchange server Power Shell commands or you have to use any third party tool like: EDB to PST converter which is capable of converting terabytes of data from EDB file to PST in just a few clicks. You can download a third party tool at this link:

    http://www.emaildoctor.org/convert/edb-pst.html

    But if you want to go with the Power Shell command then you should contact any experienced user of Exchange Server Management console who is familiar with Power shell of exchange server. Before going with any solution don't forget to take backup of your data first.   


    • Edited by Phil Colson Friday, February 19, 2016 4:28 AM
    Friday, February 19, 2016 4:24 AM
  • The easiest method would be using third party EDB to PST Converter application as you only need EDB file which is to be converted and the rest can be done easily using the tool which will guide you through the steps with its easy to use interface. One such solution is available to download from http://www.edbrepairs.com

    The second method is to run mailbox export commands, you can only try this if you have very good knowledge of Exchange Server as a simple mistake while running the commands could damage the Exchange server database. The step by step guide to export  file to pst is mentioned here in the http://www.filerepairtools.com/tips/how-to-export-exchange-2013-mailboxes-to-pst/

    I suggest you to make a copy of database first if you are going to try any of the above method.

    Wednesday, August 17, 2016 6:28 AM
  • Efficiently converts on-line as well as off-line MS Exchange database (EDB) files to equivalent Outlook Data files (PST). This EDB to PST conversion tool helps you extract all your important emails, contacts, attachments, sent items etc.Through this restore operation you are able to access your mails without having an Exchange Server account. For more features go to :-  http://www.edbtopst-converter.com/


     
    Wednesday, August 31, 2016 10:08 AM

  • I believe, EDB to PST converter is the best ans for your query. It  can export all the Exchange data to PST in a very good manner. You can extract all the data in PST with original format, structure and meta properties. Tool also serves the recovery of data that has been lost in any occurrence. For more details visit https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Exchange-Mailbox-Recovery-52a0f87a
     
    Thursday, October 27, 2016 10:25 AM
  • Try Exchange database recovery software and easily repairs corrupt or damaged EDF files, after restores the mailboxes (edb file) into Outlook PST files. The software main featured
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    Sunday, December 4, 2016 4:28 PM
  • we use Kernel for Exchange, to extract a PST from EDB. It works very fine and simple

    CH

    Sunday, December 4, 2016 5:27 PM
  • Thank you @CFarrier for your suggestion!! I used Stellar EDB to PST Converter & successfully exported mailboxes to PST format. It is worth to invest in Stellar EDB to PST Converter.

    Wednesday, May 16, 2018 9:07 AM
  • To extract PST file from EDB, you can also try Kernel for EDB to PST converter software. It can easily convert EDB file to PST file within few clicks. It also supports to repair corrupt EDB file and recover the stored data. For more information, visit: https://www.nucleustechnologies.com/edb-to-pst.html
    Tuesday, August 21, 2018 12:23 PM
  • To extract PST file from EDB, you can also try Kernel for EDB to PST converter software. It can easily convert EDB file to PST file within few clicks. It also supports to repair corrupt EDB file and recover the stored data. For more information, visit: https://www.nucleustechnologies.com/edb-to-pst.html
    Tuesday, August 21, 2018 12:24 PM
  • If you are looking for a tool which can easily extract PST files from Exchange EDB then you should go with Bitdataconversion Exchange EDB recovery tool which can easily recover corrupted and inaccessible EDB files and after that export these files into Outlook PST format. Using this tool you easily scan large EDB files without the size restriction and recover deleted EDB files as well.

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    Tuesday, January 29, 2019 11:45 AM
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    Monday, February 18, 2019 9:16 AM
  • To recuperate information of Exchange EDB file into Outlook PST file format only use Exchange EDB to PST Converter. This application is great for the conversion process of mailboxes from Exchange EDB file to Outlook PST file format. The users can export only selected data which they want to extract. It shows the preview of the email, draft, task, attachment, notes, contact, sent item, delete item and inbox etc. before the actual conversion and store them into new PST and other formats like EML, MSG, MBOX, vCal, EMLX, and vCard. It backing MS Outlook version 97, 98, 2000, 2002, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016 and 2019.

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    • Edited by lan thieme Monday, March 18, 2019 12:34 PM
    Monday, March 18, 2019 12:34 PM