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HOWTO: Exchange 2007 Restoration from Windows Server 2008 Image Backup

Exchange can be directly restored using the Windows Server Backup Restore Wizard on Windows 2008 from backups made through BackupAssist.

Please note: some of the instructions outlined here are available in the Windows Server Backup help file.

Before attempting to restore Exchange 2007 using Windows Server Backup from a drive image backup created with BackupAssist, make sure of the following:

  • You are completing the restore with Windows Server 2008. Windows Vista only provides support for drive volume restore.
  • The backup you wish to restore from is located on either an external hard drive or a remote shared folder (eg. on a NAS device). You cannot restore individual files and folders from a drive image backup located on a REV drive.
  • To recover files and folders you must be a member of the Backup Operators or Administrators group, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority.
  • The following registry key will need to contain the string value highlighted below:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\WindowsServerBackup\Application Support\

String name: Application Identifier
Data: Exchange

Restoring Exchange 2007 - step by step
  1. Exchange Management ConsoleLaunch the Exchange Management Console by navigating to Start > All programs > Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 > Exchange Management Console.
  2. Expand Server Configuration from the left pane and select Mailbox.
  3. Right-click each database listed in the middle pane individually and select Dismount Database.

    Mailbox Database Properties
  4. Once the databases have been dismounted, right-click each database individually and select Properties and then check This database can be overwritten by a restore.

  5. BackupAssist restoreLaunch BackupAssist and click Restore in the navigation bar.

  6. Click Imaging engine restore. Windows Server Backup will then launch.
  7. Imaging engine restoreClick Recover under the Actions pane.

  8. Once the Recovery Wizard has launched, select "This server", and then click Next.
  9. Select date of backupSelect the date from the calendar and the time from the drop-down list of the backup you want to restore from. If you are recovering from this computer and the backup you select is stored on a removable media drive, you will be prompted to insert the relevant media.
    Then click Next.

  10. When asked what you would like to recover, choose the option for Applications, and click Next.
  11. Exchange recovery wizardUnder Applications, highlight "Exchange", and then click Next.

  12. Under Recovery destination, select Original location, and then click Next.
  13. Review the details, and click Recover to restore your Exchange Server.
  14. You can then view the status of the recovery operation and whether or not it was successfully completed.
  15. Mount mailbox databasesOnce recovery operation completes successfully, return to the Exchange Management Console (step 1) and mount each of the restored databases by right-clicking each one individually and selecting Mount Database.