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Rapid Recovery 6.2.1 - Mailbox Restore for Exchange User Guide

Understanding Mailbox Restore for Exchange Preparing to use Mailbox Restore for Exchange The Local Mount Utility and Mailbox Restore Using Mailbox Restore for Exchange Restoring Exchange data using Mailbox Restore Exchange database maintenance in Mailbox Restore About us Glossary

Understanding Mailbox Restore for Exchange

This section introduces Mailbox Restore for Exchange and provides an overview of the product. It explains the relationship between Rapid Recovery and Mailbox Restore for Exchange, and describes the key features of Mailbox Restore.

About Mailbox Restore for Exchange

About Mailbox Restore for Exchange

Mailbox Restore for Exchange is a comprehensive email recovery program that works with Rapid Recovery — and can work with the Rapid Recovery Local Mount Utility (LMU) — to recover any Exchange item, from a full data store to a single email message.

The recovered Exchange item comes from a Rapid Recovery recovery point. When you install Rapid Recovery Agent on an Exchange server and protect the server with Rapid Recovery Core, the Exchange items stored on that server can be recovered using Mailbox Restore.

Mailbox Restore accesses the Rapid Recovery recovery point that contains the data store in which you can search for and recover mail items. After you open the Exchange database (.edb file) with Mailbox Restore, you can search for any combination of criteria, such as names of mailboxes or folders, across one or multiple Exchange databases. The Outlook-like user interface provides a preview pane, where you can view the message or item in full before performing a recovery.

Mailbox Restore for Exchange key concepts

Mailbox Restore for Exchange features several key concepts that contribute to a successful Exchange-item recovery, such as e-discovery and differential restore. Because you use Rapid Recovery for backup and disaster recovery, every Microsoft Exchange data store benefits from mountability and integrity checks, ensuring that your recovered data can be mounted and recovered and is free of corruption.

Exchange data store search

Mailbox Restore lets you search through large amounts of data to find individual items for recovery. You can search any Exchange data store by field and keyword within mailboxes, messages, calendars, tasks, notes, and folders to quickly and easily find the item that you want to recover.

E-discovery and creating PST output

Mailbox Restore identifies email for e-discovery with the simple search of a keyword, phrase, or user name and then performs a complete scan of the Exchange data store for messages that meet your criteria. After you identify the file you want to recover, you can restore it to a folder or to a PST. You can also save items to the local machine in .eml, .txt, or .msg format.

Elimination of brick-level mailbox backups

Although Rapid Recovery backs up all volumes in an Exchange server, Mailbox Restore performs item-level recovery without using Microsoft Exchange Server Mailbox Merge (ExMerge) to extract the data or Microsoft Recovery Storage Groups to mount the Exchange Database. After you mount a Rapid Recovery recovery point, Mailbox Restore can recover email items from any unmounted .edb file without performing expensive and time-consuming brick-level backups that only back up one mailbox at a time.

Reduced disk and server space

Because Mailbox Restore is bundled with the Rapid Recovery Core, Mailbox Restore requires little disk space for message-level recovery. Rather than copying the entire Exchange data store to perform a recovery, it accesses the .edb file from the Rapid Recovery recovery point, which eliminates the need for a dedicated Exchange server to restore messages.

Differential restores

Mailbox Restore lets you perform a restore of only the differences between a rolled back data store and the latest recovery point when restoring to the original location of the mail data. To restore differences, Mailbox Restore synchronizes the unmounted .edb file with the online server. With a differential restore, you can synchronize the data store after a rollback or recovery from a backup.

Outlook message and Exchange item previews

With Mailbox Restore, you can preview the contents and attributes, as well as attachments, of a message or Exchange item in their entirety before recovering, which lets you confirm that you have selected the correct item. Additionally, you have full access to calendar items, tasks, notes, and so on for viewing and recovery. The user interface leverages Outlook functionality to provide a preview pane and lets you browse mailboxes, messages, and other Exchange items.

Data store corruption checks

Mailbox Restore works with Rapid Recovery to perform a physical integrity check on your Exchange data store to identify issues before they become more serious. This integrity check scans the data store for corruption and ensures that the data you recover is in a healthy state.

The physical integrity check is a manual process that is available from the menu bar in the Mailbox Restore user interface. To conduct a physical integrity check, Mailbox Restore and Rapid Recovery scan and validate each individual page of the .edb file.

During the integrity check, if Mailbox Restore detects corruption in the .edb file, only the healthy portion of the file is available for recovering Exchange items.

Introduction to Rapid Recovery

Rapid Recovery is a backup, replication, and recovery solution that offers near-zero recovery time objectives and recovery point objectives. Rapid Recovery offers data protection, disaster recovery, data migration and data management. You have the flexibility of performing bare-metal restore (to similar or dissimilar hardware), and you can restore backups to physical or virtual machines, regardless of origin. Rapid Recovery can also archive to the cloud, to a DL series backup and recovery appliance, or to a supported system of your choice. With Rapid Recovery, you can replicate to one or more targets for added redundancy and security.

Rapid Recovery offers:

Flexibility. You can perform universal recovery to multiple platforms, including restoring from physical to virtual, virtual to physical, virtual to virtual, and physical to physical.
Cloud integration. You can export a VM, archive and replicate to the cloud, and perform bare metal restore from archives in the cloud. Compatible cloud services include Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS), any OpenStack-based provider (including Rackspace), and Google Cloud. US government-specific platforms include AWS GovCloud (US) and Azure Government.
Intelligent deduplication. You can reduce storage requirements by storing data once, and referencing it thereafter (once per repository or encryption domain).
Instant recovery. Our Live Recovery feature allows you to access critical data first, while remaining restore operations complete in parallel.
File-level recovery. You can recover data at the file level on-premises, from a remote location, or from the cloud.
File-level search. Using criteria you specify, you can search a range of recovery points for one or more files. From the search results, you can then select and restore the files you want to the local Core machine directly from the Core Console.
Virtual support. Rapid Recovery supports one-time virtual export, letting you generate a bootable VM from a recovery point; and virtual standby, in which the bootable VM you generate is continually updated after each backup. You can even perform virtual export to Microsoft Hyper-V cluster-shared volumes.
Rapid Snap for Virtual support. Enhanced support for virtualization includes agentless protection for vCenter/ESXi VMs and for Hyper-V VMs. Rapid Snap for Virtual includes protection and autodiscovery for VMware ESXi 5.5 and higher with no agent software installed. Host-based protection supports installing Rapid Recovery Agent on a Microsoft Hyper-V host only, letting you agentlessly protect all its guest VMs.
Application support. Rapid Recovery Agent is built with application support for Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server, and Oracle. When you protect these application servers in your Core, the backup snapshots are automatically application-aware; open transactions and rolling transaction logs are completed and caches are flushed to disk before creating snapshots. Specific application features are supported, including SQL attachability (for SQL Server) and database integrity DBVERIFY checks (for Oracle). Application awareness also extends to agentless protection for SQL Server and Exchange Server.

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