Microsoft Exchange 2003 - Restore.env
Introduction to Exchange 2003 - Restore.env
When you restore an Exchange 2003 database, a file called restore.env is created automatically. If you are curious to know more about the contents of restore.env then this is the page for you.
Topics for Exchange 2003 - Restore.env
We humans do not normally need to read restore.env. This is just a temporary environmental file holding path information about the data. Its purpose is to help the Exchange 2003 restore process find its files and match them with the corresponding email stores. However, if you wish, you can view the contents of restore.env using eseutil /cm, or if the restore.env file remains after a faulty restore, open it with notepad. See more about eseutil here.
To discover what's in your restore.env run: eseutil /cm path to restore.env. Note: you probably need to navigate to the \Exchsrvr\Bin folder before executing the command.
Example of Restore.env contents
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After you have physically restored the database files from backup, Exchange 2003 needs to get up-to-date. What it does is to replay all the transactions since that backup set. How does it do this? By reading the log files. Restore.env keeps a list of the all the database files and their paths so that restore can complete successfully.
Restore.env plays no part in a soft recovery. Here we have an automatic synchronization of the transaction logs with the database after an unexpected shutdown. The key file here is the checkpoint file. Exchange 2003 say's ' Where was I before I was rudely shutdown? '. ' Ah I see from the checkpoint file (E0x.chk).
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Restore.env is a file created automatically during a normal Exchange 2003 restore. If you wish to examine the contents, then run eseutil /cm (path to restore.env).