Thursday, November 3, 2016

Restoring Exchange 2016 Mailbox Database with Windows Server Backup

The process to restore mailbox database in Exchange Server 2016 using Windows Server Backup is almost same as of other previous versions. This is what I love about Microsoft with every new launch! They do not much change the process how the system works for a particular environment, but they slightly make some improvements that helpful for users.

So here in the blog, I am taking advantage of traditional Windows Server Backup technique to restore the database in Exchange Server 2016 environment. Let’s check the complete picture-
Assuming you’ve recently performed a successful Exchange server backup but unfortunately, the database has been corrupted on the current server, or you need to restore particular backup for some special purpose. 

In such case, you can restore backed up database again to the server by performing following simple steps.

Launch Windows Server Backup Wizard

While you start Windows Server Backup, open Action panel from the menu and select Recover option. A new window named Recovery Wizard will have appeared, now follow the steps to choose the system volume where recently backup is stored.

Choose Backup Date

The new wizard will show you all the previously backup stored on the drive with the date and time information, whether it is oldest or newest. You can quickly identify which backup can be mounted or not by checking the status of the backup. Now select the backup which you want to restore in Exchange 2016. Make sure that you’re restoring recently backed up file.

Select Recovery Type

There are five options available for selecting recovery types such as Files and Folders, Hyper-V, Volumes, Applications, and System State in the next steps of recovery wizard. As you need to restore Exchange database (backup), so you need to select Applications recovery type.

Applications Recovery Type

While you’ve selected Applications type, here you need to select the Exchange Server. Select Exchange Server from the Select application to recover. Now ensure that the checkbox at the bottom (Do not perform a roll-forward recovery of the application databases) is not selected. If it is already selected, uncheck it. 

It is recommended to uncheck the box because if you leave it checked, all the email communications performed on the server between the restoring the backup process will be missed.

Recovery Options

You have two choices to recover the database, either select the original location or to a new server. I suggest you choose an original location to recover the database, as restoring the database to original location solves the purpose. Now click Recover button to initiate the restore job. 

Wait until the job is completed, the database will be automatically mounted once all done!

Any other option?

Every manual procedure always has an automated way to make the job easier by avoiding the limitations. In case if you don’t have a recently updated backup or database has been corrupted, or any unmounted database which is corrupted; can be restored to the server using Stellar Phoenix Mailbox Exchange Recovery software.

The software doesn’t only just repair the database but also recover and restore the database back to the live Exchange Server 2016. Give demo version a try over here:

However, there is a completely free Exchange Server Backup software is also available to backup and restore Exchange Server database. Currently, the software supports up to Exchange 2013. So keep visiting the official website for the upcoming version of the software compatible with Exchange 2016.


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