I need some advice from the Exchange Server 2003 experts !
General info :
- windows server 2003
- exchange server 2003
- windows xp pro with office 2003
- 300 users/mailboxes.
due to a hardware failure a exchange server database crashed.
the worst news was... there was no good backup of this database available.
we tried to recover the crashed database with eseutil program
after the recovery we were able to access our mailboxes again..
but the problem was not over yet... later we found out that all the e-mails that came with a attachement
were not able to open the attachement itself. it just shows a attachement icon but when you open it, its empty...
we created a new exchange server database, reconnected the users back again.
they were now able to send/receive mails again, just only missing the old mails before the crash.
since we had no time/other option left, we had to sent this crashed database to a
another company that is specialized in database recovery. they were able
to extract the data from EDB for PST. 300 mailbox were exported to a mobile harddisk.
today we just checked a few PST files by opening it via user data file option in Outlook.
the restore was indeed succesfully done... we were now able to open the e-mail-attachements...
now there was only one thing left....
We need to import these old mails with the working attachements from the PST files back again
and merge it with the new mails since the crash into the EDB, mailboxes.
in short... import from PST files and with merge the EDB database.
Does anyone knows a good software or a workaround to succesfully restore this database ?
Thanks for your help !