Restore Exchange 2003 database to disk on a server not running Exchange


I need to restore an Exchange 2003 database to disk on a server that is not running Microsoft Exchange, would that be possible? or would Backup Exec only restore to a server running Exchange?

If it is not possible, how can i restore the database to the production Exchange server without overwriting the production database?

The purpose of the restore is to retrieve a mailbox that had some messages deleted.

The backup software is Backup Exec 2010 R2 running on Windows Server 2008 R2 64bit, backing up to magnetic tape.

Granular Recovery Technology is not being used for backup, just throwing that in.

Best Answer

It sounds like you are looking for instructions on how to use the Recovery Storage Group.

This article describes the new Recovery Store Group feature in Exchange Server 2003. By using the Recovery Storage Group feature, you can mount a second copy of an Exchange mailbox store (database) on the same computer as the original mailbox store, or on any other Exchange computer that is in the same administrative group. You can use the Recovery Storage Group feature to recover mailbox data without having to install and to configure a separate Exchange recovery computer.

I am not sure which version of Backup Exec you are running, but this article may have the directions you need.

How to prepare Exchange 2003 so that a Recovery Storage Group Restore can be performed