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How to recover a deleted mailbox using the Exchange Management Console?

I'm trying to recover a deleted mailbox by following steps on Exchange Server 2007 help file:

How to recover a deleted mailbox using the Exchange Management Console

I just deleted few test users mailboxes but they are not showing as disconnected mailboxes?! Where are they? By the way, active directory accounts are deleted as well. By default mailbox database settings deleted mailboxes should be available for recovery for 30 days?! Am I missing something here? Deleted mailboxes had some emails and calendars entry on them.


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Hi there,How can i add a new mailbox using the commandline? or maybe with some sort of commandline-tool?
I search admin.exe, but can't find anything, i also searched the net and came up with some tools, but only gui based...
greetings Dawn

It seems that mails which have been deleted in the folder "Deleted Objects"
still do exist since the corresponding dbx folder isn't empty. Therefore, is
it possible to retrieve a deleted mail from the dbx folder and how? Thank you.


Does Exchange 5.5 have a mailbox recovery tool similar to Exchange 2000? I need to recover a deleted mailbox that cannot be retrieved from backup as that time has expired, however, tombstoned items time has not expired yet. Any help would be appreciated.

I recently had to recover an SBS 2000 server which runs Exchange. SInce the
recover, I can create new users and add their Exchange properties, but the
user is not availaable in the global address list at all, and the email
addresses are not being created.

I think I have discovered where the issue lies , but am not certain how to

When I go into the Exchange Management console, right-click my exchange
server (SBS 2000 computer) and then select properties->File ->Directory
Access, I get an error indicating that "Information about directory services
could not be entirely obtained. Make sure the Microsoft Exchange Management
service is running on the Exchange 2000 server"

It then shows me the screen below which is where I think the issue lies. If
you look at that list, it only shows one domain controller (TRUE5) which is
our backup Windows 2003 domain controller. I believe that the SBS 2000
computer (running Exchange 2000 server) - should also be in that list and
it is not. I think there may also be other entries missing from that list. I
am guessing that in the restoration of system state, something went awry and
somehow messed up those entries.

What's interesting is that if I add a new user on our SBS machine, then go
into adsiedit, I do NOT see that new user added on the SBS machine at all -
it shows up on the backup domain controller and never makes it to the SBS
machine running exchange. I have a feeling that the AD replication is NOT
working at all and that I am simply using the AD on our backup DC instead of
the SBS...

How can I check to ensure and to fix so that our SBS machine running
Exchange 2000 is using itself as the primary AD and Global catalog machine
and replicating with our backup DC??? Should I try a DCPROMO on it

Do you think I am on the right track here??

Thanks, Brad

I'm guessing that this is why the recipient update service isn't creating
the email addresses - becasue the user doesn;t show up

We have a user who says that his emails are getting deleted from Public Folder. But he denies that he has manually deleted them. How to recover the deleted emails other than getting from Backup or Restore Deleted Items from Outlook.

Please suggest.

Hi All,

I am experiencing a very frustrating problem, that i have attempted several
methods to fix! A client has inadvertantly deleted (permanently) their Junk
Email folder, and now has the problem of junk mails coming into her inbox.

I cannot recover the folder in the usual recover deleted items method. I
have also tried to start outlook using the /resetfolders switch which did not
work. Another method was suggested on a website about turning on and off the
Junk Mail filtering facility on Outlook Web access but alas, this did not

The client is using Microsoft Office XP. Please can you help?!!!




I have my email hosted by I used to use POP but recently
switched to IMAP. I accidentally deleted an IMAP mail folder in Outlook 2007
and it looks like its gone forever! Under POP, a deleted folder would go to
my deleted items folder and I could just drag it back to where I wanted it
but it looks like I don't have that option with IMAP.

Any suggestions?

My thought is that maybe I should go back to POP or use IMAP but not keep
folders on the server, just in my outlook PST file so that if I fat-finger it
again they will go to deleted items.

Its seems to me like a serious flaw in IMAP protocols to me; unless its a
Godaddy prob and I need a better host?

I would really appreciate any suggestions.


I had install Exhcnage and I need to configuer user account
as long as there is a lot of people
I would like to have a secript that make the user account so I setup the users account using GPO

But I need the script
did any one have any idea

I need the help of anyone that can listen.

Theoretically speaking of course...

We have a multi-location Exchange 2003 sp2 network set up, and one of my troops deleted the entire 'Exchange Organization' for all 6 of my doamins. IS THERE ANY WAY TO RECOVER A DELETED ExchOrg? The Command he used was setup.exe /removeorg. PLEASE HELP

Thank you in advance for anyone that can provide guidance.

Hi All
I am trying to recover a single user mailbox and I am following this article to created a recovery storage group

it say that I have the ability to restore the whole mailbox or all the items in the mailbox from the backup in a simple way by clicking the Perform pre-merge tasks which mean i need to restore my backup to a location for it to perform a pre merge.

I dont quite understand the part regarding about restoring from a backup, where am I suppose to put this backup restore into?

Thank you all

Thanks to the team at Quest Software I have a free license of PowerGUI Pro to give away.

For your chance to win all you need to do is solve a scripting challenge. You can solve any one of them, or try all of them if you wish. Each challenge that you're able to write a working script for equals one entry in the prize draw.

*** How to Enter ***

Post your working script(s) as replies in this thread. Use the CODE tags so that your script formatting is preserved in your reply. There is plenty of time so no need to rush your entries, but if you do spot an error after you've submitted you can edit your post as long as it is before the contest end date.

Since not everyone has access to a variety of environments, if your script is specific to one version of Exchange or PowerShell or any other specific element please include that information in your reply.

*** Contest Time ***

To allow enough time for people to write and test their scripts this contest will run for two weeks and will be drawn after midnight on [Corrected] Sunday 13th November (Australian EST).

*** Suggestions ***

These challenges are intended to be a little bit tricky but not impossible. The idea is to make it fun and just challenging enough so that people can learn a few new PowerShell tricks.

Feel free to start a thread to ask for help if you're not sure about how to solve a particular piece of the puzzle, or for help with troubleshooting a script that is throwing errors.

Do your best to make the script as compatible as possible for different environments, eg by not hard-coding in server names. For anything that does need to be specified please use variables in the script.

Challenge #1 - Top 12 Mailbox Size Report
The IT manager wants a monthly report of the top 12 largest mailboxes in the Exchange organization. Write a script that will email the IT manager a report that includes a HTML formatted report of:
- the top 12 largest mailboxes in order of largest to smallest
- the mailbox name
- the person's job title
- the mailbox size in megabytes or gigabytes
- the last logon time for the mailbox

Challenge #2 - Exchange Backups Check
You want to double-check your Exchange database backups are running successfully. Write a script that will check each mailbox and public folder database and alert you to any that have not backed up successfully in more than 48 hours.

Challenge #3 - Mailbox Statistics Report
You're constantly getting asked about how many mailboxes there are and what the average size is. Write a script that will show you in a single report:
- the number of mailboxes in the entire organization, along with the total size in GB and average size in GB
- the number of mailboxes on each server, along with the total size in GB and average size in GB
- the number of mailboxes on each database on each server, showing the total size in GB and average size in GB

Good luck!

PS. If these are too hard (or too easy) we can look at adding a few more challenges over the next week.

Anyone know how to do a complete backup of your Exchange server?

I am using ArcServe 2000 backup software with the open file agent to backup my Exchange 2000 server daily.

Just wondering it is true I can recover from the tape if disaster happens.

This morning, my Outlook keep restart when send email or writing email, so I just do default setting for Outlook 2010.

I go to Control panel > mail > show profiles > remove outlook files.

After that I found out I delete all the emails....OMG

Anyone know how to recover back those emails?


I'm trying to uninstall Exchange Server 2007 from a computer. So I have read
the article

I have some Exchange 2003 and Exchange 2007 servers. In the computer that I
want to uninstall Exchange 2007, I ran the moveallreplicas.ps1 script
yesterday, but it still has replicas. So, I have used the method 2 of the kb
article, I mean, I move the replicas using the Exchange management console
from an Exchange 2003 server. But with no result.

So, I can't uninstall Exchange 2007 because every time I try, I get this

"Uninstall cannot continue. Database 'Public Folder Database': The public
folder database "server2Second Storage GroupPublic Folder Database"
contains folder replicas. Before deleting the public folder database, remove
the folders or move the replicas to another public folder database. For
detailed instructions about how to remove a public folder database, see"

Do you know how can I delete all those replicas? I'm exhausted, I have spent
too long on this, I don't find a way to delete them.

All Exchange 2007 are SP1.

thank you very much,


Is it possible to recover a deleted item that has been removed from the deleted items folder with out having any type of backup?

I hate seeing 8 posts on the same topic here where no one ever finds a solution. So I am sharing this with everyone in hopes that someone else will search for the answer here and find it.

This post assumes that you have already ôAllowing Password Changes Through OWAö found hereà (3/4 of the way down)

How to force a password change in OWA, Exchange 2003, running on 2003 server.

Open IIS manager
Drill down to the IISADMPWD virtual directory under default website, right click on it and go to properties
Click on the directory security tab, click edit.
Entered the domain admin username and password (it prompts twice for the password)
Click OK
On the application pool from DefaultAppPool to ExchangeApplicationPool and click OK

Now go to this article;en-us;833734&reason=0

You will need to acquire the two fix files in the article from Microsoft (I hate these personally) and execute them both.

I wasn't sure where to put the iispwchg.pdb in the second hotfix file. So I put it in the same dir as the iispwchg.dll that I registered from step 2 in the article. C:WINDOWSsystem32inetsrviisadmpwd
By default it just went into the folder it was executed it and created sub folders of symbolsrtmqferetaildlliispwchg.pdb

Make sure you do step 2 and 3 from the article to make this work. For step 3, specify 0 as the value.

Also, ensure the permissions on the Exchange and IISADMPWD folders match.

The article says you need to reboot, but I was told all you need to do is restart IIS, which is what I did and it worked! Now when a userÆs password is expired they are taken to generic IIS page upon the next logon and prompted to change their password.

This fix was worked out for me by HP software support (formally Compaq software support) which my company pays a couple hundred bucks a month for but gives us unlimited support on most every MS product known to man and many other titles too. I honestly donÆt use it as much as I should; the support is very good and the level 2 guys are AWESOME and take ownership of your problems until a resolution is found.

I have NO affiliation with HP at all, just passing along a good resource.


For our twice yearly DR we are required to recover the whole of Exchange
Cluster at another location with new/different hardware this includes
different HBA and SAN disk and sizes.

The document on how to do a complete DR of the Exchange Cluster. Microsoft
Documentation keeps on talking about losing a node or part of a cluster.

The link below (from "Exchange Server 2003 Disaster Recovery Operations
Guide.doc" page 106-107) seems like an internal link for Microsoft personnel
can anyone please get me the link and any other relevant information.
"To rebuild a whole cluster using your cluster's information records instead
of restoring the quorum, contact Microsoft Help and Support
( "



(Extract from "Exchange Server 2003 Disaster Recovery Operations Guide.doc"
page 106-107)
Recovering a Whole Exchange Cluster
If you lose all the nodes of an Exchange cluster at the same time, you must
recover the whole cluster. The process for recovering a whole cluster
includes many of the same procedures used for recovering stand-alone Exchange
member servers. For more information about stand-alone server recovery
methods, see the Exchange Server 2003 Disaster Recovery Planning Guide
( For detailed information
about how to restore a member server, see "Exchange Member Server Recovery"
later in this chapter.

If you do not have the required full computer backups or Windows backups of
the nodes in your cluster, you can still recover your whole cluster. To
attempt this type of recovery, you must have backups of your Exchange
databases (or your Exchange database files and transaction log files must be
intact on one of your cluster's shared disk resources). You must also have
sufficient informational records about your cluster configuration. For
information about how to record cluster information, see "Maintaining Records
About Your Server Clusters" in Chapter 2.

To rebuild a whole cluster using your cluster's information records instead
of restoring the quorum, contact Microsoft Help and Support
( The procedures required in
this type of recovery are for advanced-level administrators only.
Additionally, advanced-level administrators should only consider this cluster
recovery method if there is no alternative method available.


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