Microsoft Exchange 2003 - Recovery Storage Group
Introduction to Exchange 2003 Recovery Storage Group
Recovery Storage Group is a new feature in Exchange 2003. The biggest advantage of this method is that it reduces the impact of restoring a single mailbox from backup. While you are repairing the faulty mailboxes all the other users are unaware that there is a problem and carry on sending and receiving email.
Topics for Exchange Recovery Storage Group
A user left your company last year. As administrator, you disabled their Active Directory account so that they could not logon, and you deleted their mailbox. Unexpectedly, they now return and you need to restore their Exchange 2003 mailbox without disrupting the other users. However, for this Recovery Storage Group strategy to work, the user account must still exist in Active Directory.
If the Active Directory account was deleted less than a month ago, try the Mailbox Recovery Center. On the other hand, if the Active Directory account was deleted along with the mailbox, you probably need to create an Alternative Forest. In that scenario, I would ask searching questions to establish the need to recover this old mailbox. For example, could you just create a new user with a new mailbox?
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Addendum. If you wish to connect the mailbox to a different user in Active Directory you can still use ExMerge to recover the mailbox data from the Recovery Storage Group. Since ExMerge creates a .pst file based on the mailNickname attribute of the previous owner the trick is to rename the .pst file to match the mailNickname of the current owner.
Exchange 2003 SP1: Applying service pack 1 avoids the need to use ExMerge. With SP1 you get most of the benefits of ExMerge without the disadvantages of requiring 'Send As' permissions on the mailboxes that you are recovering.
Recovery Storage Group would be my second choice for recovering a mailbox. (I would try the Mailbox Recovery Center first). However, if the original mailbox was deleted more than a month ago, and the user account still exists in Active Directory, then I would use Recovery Storage Group.