What is Stellar Toolkit for Exchange and why it is the ideal tool for any Microsoft Exchange administrator? Administrators don't mind the work, but their time is precious so they need the best tools to do the job fast and do it right so that they can concentrate on making the company better and focus on its business process.
Stellar has a lot of applications but Stellar Toolkit for Exchange is a combination of tools for anything regarding your Exchange Server. Let's call it the Swiss knife for any Exchange administrator. The package includes all the solutions to recover and repair a damaged or corrupt EDB or BKF file, convert OST to PST, and recover Exchange passwords.
Let's start from the recovery and repair of EDB files.
The application can load a corrupt EDB file and repair it, and if the file cannot be repaired you can always use the tool to export the mailboxes to PST or directly to an Exchange Server. The application will surely come in handy when restoring a mailbox from a decommissioned server which was used for historical data after one migrated to Office 365 or any other cloud platform. You may need a PST file of the mailbox or just a folder from a particular mailbox. You may have also decommissioned the Active Directory of that server. In that case, you cannot just restore the EDB file and attach it to an Exchange Server and export the mailbox data. You would need a copy of the Active Directory and will have to restore the whole Exchange server to export the mailbox, which will take a considerable amount of time and administrative effort for just recovering one folder.
With Stellar Toolkit for Exchange you can easily restore just the EDB file, open the application, select the dates/ folders or apply any other criteria from the list and simply export the data to PST. This can be done in a few minutes with minimal efforts.
Exchange toolkit also comes handy when trying to restore deleted mailboxes.
You might find yourself in a sticky situation where a mailbox was accidentally deleted or was not needed. A department in your organization may have requested for removing some unused mailboxes and then later after a day or two asking to restore them.
After being deleted, there is no way to recover the mailboxes apart from restoring the EDB file along with its logs, use the ESEUTIL, create a recovery database, restart the Information Store service (which will disrupt your user's access), mount the recovery database, verify that the database contains the mailbox you want to recover and use the PowerShell cmdlet New-MailboxRestoreRequest and wait until the mailbox has been recovered. Once this process is done you would need to do a clean-up of the procedure.
This process will take a lot of time and effort, and keeping in mind some minimal downtime on the Exchange Server as the Information Store service would need to be restored.
Of course the admins will not like this process and who is to blame them. With Stellar Toolkit for Exchange you will only need to do the first procedure i.e. to restore a copy of the EDB file of the Exchange server in a location, open the EDB file with the Toolkit, find the mailbox you need to recover and restore it to PST file. This job can be done efficiently depending on the size of the mailbox, without the complications of manual mailbox restoration process.
BKF Recovery tool
If you have taken backups of old Exchange Server by using NTBackup in BKF format, you will not be able to restore the EDB file from it without having a Windows Server 2003 to use the NTBackup application. Imagine a scenario that the last backup of this old Windows/Exchange Server 2003 was interrupted for a reason and you cannot open the BKF file to restore the EDB file, the file gets corrupted due to a hardware malfunction or even worst being corrupted by a malware. For this situation, Stellar Toolkit for Exchange brings a BKF Recovery tool which can easily open the application, locate the corrupted or inaccessible file, and restore the database by clicking the recover button. When the process is complete you will get the ability to either save the files to the same location or a defined one.
Another tool in the package is the ability to convert OST files to PST.
OST is the local cache of an Exchange Mailbox. Why would you need to convert an OST to PST? There are various reasons why but let's name a few. A mailbox gets deleted from the server and you would need to recover it from the OST as the EDB is not available. This can happen for example when a user left the company and the request to have his mailbox backed up came in late. Another example is when you have an old computer or laptop with some data that needs to be restored, as the mailbox doesn't exist anymore and there is only the OST file in the hard drive. Another reason would be due to a corruption of the application, you need to delete the OST file and let Outlook rebuild the OST file from scratch. The only problem is that the user had unsaved data in the OST which was not uploaded to the Exchange Mailbox. Another reason could be that there is a major Exchange Server crisis and the user need to access his emails urgently and cannot wait until the issue has been rectified. With the OST to PST convertor, you can easily convert the OST file to PST with no loss or effort. Once the conversion is done and the user needs to recover the unsaved data, all there is to it is for the user to attach the PST and drag the missing items from the PST to the live mailbox.
Lastly, there's the Exchange password recovery tool
which is critical for the reasons that scare companies with one IT administrator who is taking care of all the IT systems. What happens in case of a person being asked to leave the company and before leaving all the admin passwords have been changed, and no one else knows the passwords? Another case would be that the local IT admin changes the admin password for security reasons but either forgot the password as he was overwhelmed with work and forgot to document it or the keyboard was in a different language and didn't notice that some characters where misplaced during the change.
Another scenario is when one would need to boot up an old server where it had its own Active Directory and the password was not documented. Of course, one can always reset the password from the Active Directory server, but what if the Enterprise Admin has also been changed and there is no other user with the same access level? With the password recovery tool, you will be able to reset any Windows Server password and regain access to your vital servers. In case only the Enterprise Admin password has been changed, the tool can also reset the password of any server acting as Domain Controller. In any case, you are protected in such incidents. The password recovery tool can reset the passwords for Windows Server 2000 till 2012.
Stellar Toolkit for Exchange is the ideal tool for any company having their Exchange Server administrated by one or two people. It will surely minimize downtimes and restore tasks effort, as anyone is able to use them and the compatibility list basically includes all Microsoft Exchange Servers including the new Exchange Server 2019. It can be installed on any computer being Windows 7 or higher; or Windows Server from 2003 till 2012. This 5-in-1 Toolkit is the best assistant for any Exchange admin.