Exchange 2016: Mailbox Database Restore

In the previous article we explored the options for backing up Exchange server with Windows Server Backup just leveraging the VSS framework in order to take crash consistent snapshot of our Application.

It was an easy one and the same applies when re-utilising the same Windows Server Backup when restoring objects from the Backup and in this article we explore the ability to restore Exchange Mailboxes.

This can be also a good exercise to prove the Backups are “actually” working. Too often I see Backup strategies which do not include any extensive Recovery test scenarios and never to say all the oddities are found when in need of restoring something and of course of critical importance!

So here we go

Firstly what we can do is to issue a quick PowerShell command to list all available Exchange Mailbox Databases along with specific info

“Get-MailboxDatabase | select name,server,guid”

Will produce something like the following

 

Let’s take a note of the GUIDs associated with Mailbox Databases. Next is to fire the WBAdmin.msc and select Recover to start the wizard

 

 

From here we can select the desired point-in-time restore

 

Let’s select Applications and let the wizard to automatically pick up the available ones based on VSS writers information at the backup time

 

Let’s select exchange and the details will show info relative to our Mailbox Databases

 

 

 

Once we click on Recover the wizard will start the Recovery procedure

 

After the job is completed with another simple PowerShell command we can determine the status of the recovery operations

“Get-MailboxDatabaseCopyStatus | select name,status,contentindexstate”

Will look something similar to this

 

And that’s it! A very simple scenario along with quick steps on how to restore Exchange Mailbox Databases

Michele Domanico

Passionate about Virtualization, Storage, Data Availability and Software Defined Data Center technologies. The aim of Domalab.com is sharing with the Community the knowledge and experience gained with customers, industry leaders and like minded peers. Always open to constructive feedback and new challenges.

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