How to restore Exchange 2003, 2007 and 2010 snapshot backups as a flat file

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How to restore Exchange 2003, 2007 and 2010 snapshot backups as a flat file


In order to perform a flat file restore of Exchange 2003, 2007 and 2010 snapshot backups; the following settings must be used during the backup job.
  • 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.

Figure 1.

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"

Figure 2.

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.

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