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Missing Exchange Data File

I had a customer recently that called saying his Network Attached Storage (NAS) device had crashed and now his Exchange Priv.edb was missing. He tried running checkdisk on it, tried several undelete and file recovery programs with no luck. The weird thing about it was that viewing the properties of the drive letter under windows […]

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Exchange Data Recovery Guide

First and foremost, DON’T PANIC.  I cannot remember how many times I have seen somebody (myself included) do something completely idiotic and often times irreversible because they didn’t take the time to think things through.  For example, wanting SO badly to get the database mounted again before anybody notices that you don’t do the MOST […]

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Recovering a badly fragmented Outlook PST file after a few rounds with chkdsk The Final Installment

Welcome back!  As before, we still have the problem where chkdsk was run on a RAID with a stale drive.  We have had a brief explanation of how NTFS 5 works and how the data is stored on the volume.  Lets take a much more detailed look as to how the data is stored in […]

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Starting Exchange Server with a blank Information Store

Starting Exchange Server with a blank Information Store There are some situations where starting Microsoft Exchange with a blank database may be necessary. In my line of work, I run across a large amount of businesses that have had their Exchange Private Information Store corrupted and the whole organizations Email capabilities halted as well. Quite […]

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Exchange Server Tools: Use ExMerge To Import PST Files

Exmerge is a very usefull tool that can import PST files back into your Exchange Server Information Stores. Here is a tutorial from our Exchange Engineer John Best on how to use ExMerge.     Using ExMerge to import PST files 1.       Place all of the PST files that you want imported into a single […]

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ESEUTIL and ISINTEG Exchange Server Data Recovery Options

ESEUTIL and ISINTEG are Exchange Server built-in tools that can help recover corrupt PRIV, PRIV1, Pub, and Pub1 edb and stm database files. It is important that prior to running ANY Microsoft Utilities to back up your latest copies of your Information Store files to another partition, network drive or external hard drive. If you […]

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Creation Of Clean priv1.edb File For Exchange Server IS

Many times during support calls the client is unable to restore from their Exchange Server backup. At that point if all the Microsoft Utilities like ESEUTIL or ISINTEG have failed, the client has no choice but to send their corrupted Exchange priv priv1 edb stm to a data recovery company. How To Create A Blank […]

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Exchange Server Dirty Shutdown Error

24 Hour Exchange Server Support I run DTI Data’s 24 hour Microsoft Exchange Support Hotline. While I often jokingly refer to it as our “suicide hotline”, that is close to the truth. When that phone rings at 2 AM I know someone is having a serious Microsoft Exchange problem. I am often asked why we […]

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