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Recovery Manager for Exchange 5.8.3 - User Guide

Getting started Working with storages
About storages Extracting an Exchange Server database from backup
Working with Quest® Rapid Recovery® (AppAssure®) Working with Quest® NetVault Backup® Working with Quest® vRanger® Working with CA ARCserve Backup Working with EMC NetWorker Working with HP Data Protector Working with IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Working with Microsoft Data Protection Manager Working with Microsoft Windows Backup Working with Microsoft Windows Server Backup Working with Symantec Backup Exec Working with Symantec NetBackup Working with unlisted backup software
Accessing backups directly Extracting incremental or differential backups Registering a storage Opening a storage Closing a storage Renaming a storage Deleting a storage Deleting items from a target storage Deleting items from a source storage Setting access permissions for target files
Restoring data
Optimizing Recovery Manager for Exchange performance Storage indexing Restoring messages Restoring attachments Restoring folders Restoring mailboxes Importing Data from .Pst Files to Online Exchange Mailboxes Selecting a target folder Comparing and restoring storages, mailboxes, or folders Searching for messages, attachments, or folders in source storages
Automated Tasks Management Shell Web Interface Appendices
Mailbox Restore Wizard Public Folder Restore Wizard Message Restore Wizard Message Delete Wizard Import .Pst Files Wizard Add Storage Wizard Catalog Wizard Task Wizard
Select Action Select Template Specify Task File Option: Catalog Backups Template Option: Restore Templates
Comparison of Recovery Manager for Exchange editions

Extracting a database by using unlisted backup software

To extract a database by using unlisted backup software

  1. In the Recovery Manager Console, from the main menu, select Add Storages | From Backups.
  2. On the Select a Backup Access Method page of the wizard, select Access Exchange backups with thirdparty software. Click Next.
  3. On the Select Backup Software page, do the following:
    1. From the Use this software list, select Backup software not listed here.
    2. From the Software version list, select the software version you use.
    3. Click Next.
  4. Step through the wizard to specify parameters for emulating restore interface of Exchange Server.
  5. On the Emulating Exchange Server page, wait until the Status box displays “Emulation started. Waiting for connection from backup application.”
  6. Start the third-party backup software.

Note: If Recovery Manager for Exchange and the third-party backup software are running on different computers, you must start the backup software under the account having local administrator rights on the computer running Recovery Manager for Exchange.

  1. Specify the Exchange backup you want to use and select the backup components to restore.
  2. Select where to restore your backup files. Specify the computer running Recovery Manager for Exchange as a restore destination.
  3. Set the restore options. When specifying restore options:
    1. Specify the path to a folder to temporarily store log and patch files. It is a local path on the computer running Recovery Manager for Exchange. This computer must have enough disk space to accommodate the log and patch files.
    2. If you are restoring a full backup without any incremental or differential backups, specify the last backup set to start the log file replaying after restoring the database. If you are restoring a backup with incremental or differential backups, do not select that option until you restore the last backup set.
  4. Start the restore operation.
  5. After restoring all backup sets, return to Recovery Manager for Exchange. If you did not specify the last backup set in your backup software, on the Emulating Exchange Server page of the Add Storage Wizard, select the Last backup set restored check box.
  6. Follow the Add Storage Wizard to complete the operation. As a result, the wizard registers extracted databases as storages.

Accessing backups directly

Recovery Manager for Exchange can directly (without the use of third-party backup software) access certain types of backups to extract their contents to the folder you specify. Then, you can use Recovery Manager for Exchange to access the extracted Exchange Server databases to find, preview, and selectively restore items.

With Recovery Manager for Exchange, you can directly access the following types of backups:

  • OpenTape Format (OTF) backups created with EMC NetWorker versions, except for the backups created by using an Advanced File Type Device (AFTD).
  • Tape Archive (TAR) format backups created with NetBackup.
  • Microsoft Tape Format (MTF)-compliant backups, such as backups created with Windows Backup or Backup Exec.
  • Compressed backups created with Backup Exec. Other compressed backups are not supported at this time.
  • To directly access compressed backups created with Backup Exec, you need to make several Backup Exec .dll files available to Part Number. For more information, see Working with Symantec Backup Exec.

Note: Recovery Manager for Exchange does not support multiplexed backups via direct access.

To access and extract backups directly

  1. In the Recovery Manager Console, from the main menu, select Add Storages | From Backups.
  2. On the Select a Backup Access Method page, click Access Exchange backups directly.
  3. Follow the wizard to complete the operation. As a result, the wizard registers extracted databases as storages.

Extracting incremental or differential backups

Recovery Manager for Exchange allows you to extract an Exchange Server database from incremental or differential backups of Exchange Server.

To restore data from a differential backup, you need to have the last normal (full) backup as well as the last differential backup. To restore data from an incremental backup, you need to have the last normal (full) backup and all subsequent incremental backups.

Recovery Manager for Exchange integrates with third-party backup software, allowing you to access Exchange Server backups through the same software you use to create and manage backups. You also have the option to extract a database by directly accessing certain types of backups. For more information, see Accessing backups directly.

This section covers:

Using third-party software to access backups

To provide interoperability with backup software, Recovery Manager for Exchange uses the following methods:

  • Exchange Server emulation. The computer running Recovery Manager for Exchange appears as an Exchange Server to the backup software. Exchange backups can be restored to Recovery Manager for Exchange by redirecting the restore to the Recovery Manager for Exchange computer.
  • Access to backup server. Recovery Manager for Exchange connects to a backup server that is part of the backup infrastructure, issues requests for backups managed by the software on that server, and uses standard protocols to retrieve and restore data from the backup server.

Exchange Server emulation

When Recovery Manager for Exchange interacts with a third-party product via Exchange Server emulation, you perform a restore from an incremental or differential backup by using that software. You need to restore data in the same order as backups were made because the transaction logs are applied in sequential order to the Exchange database that was restored from the full backup.

For information on how to restore data from an incremental or differential backup using your particular backup software product, refer to the product’s documentation. For more information, see Extracting an Exchange Server database from backup.

Access to backup server

Recovery Manager for Exchange directly accesses backup servers when working with such products as IBM Tivoli Storage Manager, EMC NetWorker, or Microsoft Data Protection Manager. With these products, use the following steps to extract a database from an incremental or differential backup:

  1. In the Recovery Manager Console, from the main menu, select Add Storages | From Backups.
  2. On the Select a Backup Access Method page of the wizard, select Access Exchange backups with thirdparty software. Click Next.
  3. On the Select Backup Software page, do the following:
  1. From the Use this software list, select Backup software not listed here.
  2. From the Software version list, select the backup software version you use.
  1. Follow the instructions in the wizard to complete the storage registration.
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