How to restore Exchange 2003, 2007 and 2010 snapshot backups as a flat file
- Backup must be a snap-shot backup of Exchange
- Can be GRT or non-GRT backup
- AOFO must be enabled during the backup of Exchange 2003
- All Exchange 2007/2010 GRT and non-GRT backups are "Snapshot" backups by default whether or not the Advanced Open File Option is used.
When restoring Exchange 2003, 2007 and 2010 it must have the following requirements.
- The Exchange Information store VSS writer must be available
- Must perform a redirect restore using VSS
- Select the option to "Redirect to drive and path"
Under the Exchange agent options have the following unchecked.
- Restore public folders
- Restore private mailboxes
- Dismount database before restore
Note: The options "Restore public folders" and "Restore private mailboxes" are options seen prior to Backup Exec 2010 R3.
Please check the following option to restore properly.
- Purge existing data and restore only the database and transaction logs from the backup sets
- Commit after restore completes (Optional - This will commit the logs to the database if selected)
Note: Prior to Backup Exec 11d flat file redirection was not included as a feature of the software, therefore not supported. Backups that were taken with older version of Backup Exec can be redirected with versions 11d and above however the backup MUST be a snapshot backup to obtain this restore functionality.