The motherboard of your Exchange server has suddenly become non-functional and there is no way out but to restore Exchange server and its database. You can restore it from backup. Read on to understand, how to restore Exchange 2010 database from backup and if the backup is not available, get the exchange 2010 database restored using other options like recovery database or mailbox exchange recovery software.
Be it from backup or recovery database or mailbox exchange recovery software, exchange database should be recovered as it is the communication lifeline for any organization.
When should you restore Exchange 2010 Database?
Use Windows server backup to restore Exchange 2010 Database
MS Exchange servers have a plugins for Windows server backup and enable users to create volume shadow copy service (VSS) based backups for Exchange database. This Windows server backup can be used to restore your Exchange 2010 databases.
During Backup operation, ensure that backup is in a healthy state and it’s readable. If backup database consistency checks are successful, you can use this Exchange data for recovery from that backup.
Prerequisites for database recovery from backup
Steps to restore Exchange 2010 database from Windows backup server
In case you have not backed up your Exchange 2010 database on Windows server, you can restore from Recovery database. To restore database from the recovery database, you should be aware of this term.
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What is Recovery Database?
Recovery Database is a distinctive database which allows users to mount a restored mailbox database for recovery. Recovery database or RDB enables user to recover data from backup or database copy without hindering with accessibility to current database.
Prerequisites to restore Exchange 2010 database from recovery database:
You should use Shell to restore Exchange 2010 Database from recovery database. Next use New-MailboxRestoreRequest to extract database on Exchange 2010 server.
Steps to restore Exchange 2010 database from Recovery Database
RDBName is name of Recovery database and Exchangeservername is the name of Exchange server where you need to create RCB
Username is email username of the user mailbox to be recovered and RDB will be name of Recovery Database
You may also like to read in detail on Restoring Exchange database using a recovery database
What if you are stuck with restore Exchange 2010 Database process?
When you are unable to restore the database even after backup and recovery database option, you should download and install Stellar Repair for Exchange software. The Stellar developed tool has an interactive graphical user interface which guides users to perform application tasks with ease.
Exchange 2010 Database Recovery is possible with single as well as multiple files. The best part of this tool is that the software’s scanning algorithms search for recoverable files in a corrupt database and repairs all EDB files to PST file format which can be easily exported on Exchange 2010 database for easy restore.
At times you are unable to save files after these are scanned and repaired. You have the option to Save scan and load the scanned file directly. This saves time and effort for you. Recovered mailbox contents are directly exported to Exchange 2010 server but this facility is available with version 2010 and above. Restore Exchange 2010 database to a current or new server location.
Exchange database is the support system of an organization. It should have a backup available in the readable and accessible form, else there has to be recovery database availability. If both these options are amiss; switch to application Stellar Repair for Exchange and restore Exchange 2010 database.
Eric Simson is an Email Platform Consultant and is associated with Stellar Data Recovery from last 6 years. He writes about the latest technology tips and provides custom solutions related to MS Outlook, MS Exchange Server, Office 365, and many other Email Clients & Servers.