Note: The next steps are only applicable to the types of backups that Recovery Manager for Exchange can access directly. For a list of these types of backups, see Accessing backups directly
To register storages from incremental or differential backups
- In the Recovery Manager Console, from the main menu, select Add Storages | From Backups.
- On the Select a Backup Access Method page, click Access Exchange backups directly.
- Click Next.
- On the Add Exchange Stores page, click Add.
- In the dialog box that opens, click Catalog Backups.
The Catalog Wizard starts.
- Select the type of backup media from which you want to register storages, then click Next.
- Depending on the option you selected in step 5, do one of the following:
- If you selected Backup files, click Add to select the backup files from which you want to register storages and add them to the Added backup files list. When finished, click Next.
- If you selected Tape drives, select the check boxes next to the names of the tape drives from which you want to register storages. When finished, click Next.
- If you selected Microsoft Removable Storage Manager library, click Add to select the Removable Storage Manager library media from which you want to register storages and add them to the Added media list. When finished, click Next.
If you register storages from an incremental backup, make sure you catalog the full backup and all subsequent incremental backups of this Exchange Server database.
If you register storages from a differential backup, make sure you catalog the full backup and the last differential backup of this Exchange Server database.
- Wait while the Catalog Wizard performs the cataloging operation. When the operation is complete, click Finish on the Cataloging Media page.
- In the Store column, click the plus sign (+) next to the list entries you want to register as storages.
- In the Backup Dates column, select the check boxes next to the dates representing the backups from which you want to register storages.
- Click OK.
- Follow the wizard to complete the storage registration.
To register a storage
- In the Recovery Manager Console, on the main menu, click Add Storages.
- On the menu, click an appropriate option.
- Follow the instructions in the wizard to complete the storage registration.
For more information on what items Recovery Manager for Exchange supports as storages, see Comparison of Recovery Manager for Exchange editions.
For more information about the Add Storage Wizard, see Add Storage Wizard.
You can also register source and target storages for restore operations when using the restore wizards provided by Recovery Manager for Exchange.
If you want to register an offline Exchange Server database (.edb file), we recommend that you copy the database locally to the Recovery Manager for Exchange computer. This speeds up working with the database and helps you avoid possible network-related issues you may experience when registering the database from a network share.
With Recovery Manager for Exchange you can register Exchange Server recovery databases (RDB) residing on Exchange Server 2010 or later and databases held in a recovery storage group (RSG) on Exchange Server 2007. You can then use the registered databases as source storages to preview the message-level items they contain and search and restore data as needed.
The Recovery Storage Group (RGS) feature is included in Exchange Server 2007. This feature is designed to retrieve mailbox data without installing and configuring a separate Exchange recovery server. After creating a recovery storage group, you can restore online backup sets or copy offline database files to the recovery storage group. You can use Recovery Manager for Exchange to find and select mailbox items from mailbox stores in the recovery storage group, and restore the selected items directly to a mailbox or folder on a live Exchange Server.
The Recovery Database (RDB) feature was first introduced in Exchange Server 2010 and serves basically the same purpose as the databases held in a recovery storage group do: facilitate data extraction from a recovered mailbox database and restore the recovered data without having to deploy an Exchange recovery server. For more information on how to create and use a recovery database in Exchange Server, see the Help for your version of Exchange Server in the technical library at http://technet.microsoft.com.
Before registering a recovery database or database from a recovery storage group, make sure that:
- The database is consistent and can be mounted.
- The database is currently dismounted.
While a recovery database or database from a recovery storage group is open in the Recovery Manager for Exchange user interface, it may be unavailable to other applications. To ensure the database is available to other applications, close the storage based on that database in the Recovery Manager for Exchange user interface.
To register a recovery database or database in a recovery storage group
- In the Recovery Manager Console, from the main menu, select Add Storages | From Online Exchange.
- On the Select an Exchange Type page, click Exchange Server, and click Next.
- On the Specify Domain page, specify parameters to access the Active Directory domain that includes the Exchange Server computer you want to access. Click Next.
- On the Select What to Register page, select the Recovery databases or databases from a recovery storage group option.
- Follow the steps in the wizard to complete the storage registration.