Veeam is my favorite product. It makes backups and restores extremely easy. They take away the complexity. With Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Exchange we are able to restore mailbox databases, individual mailboxes, and granular-level items.
Your ability to restore from Exchange will be dependent on how many restore points you currently have. In my example, I can only restore from my previous 7 restore points. This setting can be modified within the backup/replication job.
Before opening Veam Explorer for Microsoft Exchange, you must start with a restore job to get access to the Exchange database. In this example, I will be restoring from a replica job.
Open Veeam B&R and select Restore > VMware.
In the restore options, I am restoring from a replica. Select Guest files (Windows) in either From backup or from Replica and click Next.
Select the Exchange server to restore from and click Next. Notice how many restore points are available.
Select the restore point you will be restoring Exchange data from and click Next. Notice the dates and times for each restore point (snapshot).
Submit a reason for your Restore.
When you click Finish, Veeam’s Backup Browser will open.
Veeam B&R will create a running File Level Restore job.
Once the backup is mounted, we need to navigate to the file location of the Exchange database. Once you find the database, right-click on the file and select Explore.
Note the exact location of the database from the restore job. Copy the file path to the database. This will be used in Veeam Explorer for Exchange.
Now open Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Exchange.
If this is your first time opening Veeam Explorer for Exchange, you’ll need to configure some options by going to File > Options.
Configure Exchange 2010 ESE by clicking on Browse and selecting Veeam.Exchange.Storage.dll. Path is located in my url bar.
Configure your SMTP Settings by typing in your mail server, port, from address and whether or not you need to enable authentication. This is used for the purpose of emailing restored items to individuals.
Now click on Add Store and paste the path we copied earlier. Remove the quotes. The Logs folder should auto populate but if your logs are not kept with your database (which I highly suggest) you will need to put in the path to your Logs folder. Then click on Recover.
The size of your database will determine how long this operation process takes. Time for coffee.
Once completed, we have a full view of the database including all the users, their emails, calendar items, the whole enchilada. You can see all the emails, right-click on those emails and select an option for restore. The ability to select multiple emails is available.
Some restore options include:
- Saving an email as a .msg file
- Restoring an email to another user’s inbox
- Exporting emails to a PST file
- Restore emails to the user’s inbox
Not only can you view and restore individual emails, you can do so with whole mailboxes and other granular items. Be cautious there.
Abilities to export the mailbox to a PST file:
A neat little feature is the ability to double-click on a message to view it’s contents. If you can’t find the email you can also search for it using the Search Box.
Restore the email back to the user’s inbox.
Restoring by Email
Let’s say you would like to email the restore as an attachment. You can select a message(s) and right-click to select an option to email the message(s) as an attachment.
This is the view of the end user that receives the restore email:
Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Exchange removes the complexity of email restores. Not only can you restore whole databases or mailboxes, you can get granular and restore individual emails. You have various options to restore from Exchange, including saving to your desktop, emailing a file to another user, restoring back to the user’s inbox, and restoring to a .PST file.
The interface is simple to use and there are no headaches on how exactly you should restore from Exchange.