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  • Question

  • Hi Guys

    Can System Center DPM 2012 provide single item restore for Exchange, Sharepoint and Hyper-V VMs????


    jk

    Wednesday, October 9, 2013 12:23 PM

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  • Hi,

    You need to define "single item restore" and what it is you want to restore.

    When protecting hyper-V guests at the host level, DPM 2012 supports file level item level restore of individual files inside the protected .VHD files for the guest.  However, you would never want to do that for application data files, only end user files.   If you want true item level recovery for application data like exchange mailboxes /  sharepoint items, you would need to protect the application data using guest level protection by installing DPM agent inside the guest application server and protect the application workload.   


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    Wednesday, October 9, 2013 5:13 PM
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  • Lets say I want to backup Exchange 2013 using DPM 2012. Can I restore granularly such as:

    Restore an individual mailbox???

    Restore and individual mail item (message) inside a mailbox???


    jk

    Thursday, October 10, 2013 6:23 PM
  • Hi,

    OK - So this has nothing to do with Hyper-V protection.

    The procedures to recover Exchange Server 2012 data are the same as those to recover Exchange Server 2007 /2010 data.

    DPM only supports restore methods supported by the Microsoft Exchange team.  Individual e-mail or mailbox restores are only supported using Microsoft Exchange tools.  Although 3rd party products offer this granular capaibility, it is not sanctioned, recommended or supported by Microsoft.

    Microsoft support policy for third-party products that modify or extract Exchange database contents
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/904845

    <Snip>

    If an Exchange database is damaged by the use of products that rely on unsupported methods of extracting data from or modifying an Exchange database, Microsoft Product Support Services will assist customers in salvaging the database with supported utilities such as Eseutil.exe, Isinteg.exe and the Move Mailbox facility in Exchange System Manager. Microsoft cannot guarantee that these efforts will be successful in recovering any data. Microsoft Product Support Services does not provide data salvage services that require direct manipulation of the database files without using the supported interfaces listed above.
    </Snip>

    The below whitepaper explains the different options you have.

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=be885d26-25e5-41ff-afc8-506414aed960

     
    On page 27 you will find exactly what you need to do to recover a single mailbox.
     
    In order to restore a mail box the entire database files need to be transferred from DPM server to Exchange server. Once the Exchange is mounted on a RSG group you can restore a mailbox. You can extract the required mail from the mailbox from it. This limitation is because Exchange does not Natively support extracting a mailbox/mail without mounting its entire database in Exchange server.

    Also the following forum post explains the restore steps.

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/dpmexchbackup/thread/0fbc3b4e-b85f-4e69-928b-5d37bf4da7a5



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    Thursday, October 10, 2013 11:43 PM
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