RE: Restore and archive project

  • From: "Mulnick, Al" <Al.Mulnick@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "'[ExchangeList]'" <exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2003 08:57:23 -0500

I'm a little confused as to whether this is for past email or is it an
ongoing requirement?

The risk you take of not restoring/extracting for each tape is that you'll
have something in one day's tape and not in the next one.  If that's
acceptable, you could conceivably restore a week's worth at a time and
extract.  If not, then each tape will have to be restored, played,
extracted, and then the next tape restored, played, extracted, etc. to
ensure you get the real data.  You'll very likely get dups, but that's to be

Putting the data into a database for easier searching, reduction of dups,
etc would be a good solution if you plan on doing this more than once.
Otherwise, it'll be hard for them to wade throught that much data.


-----Original Message-----
From: John Tolmachoff (Lists) [mailto:johnlist@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: Wednesday, December 03, 2003 3:11 AM
To: [ExchangeList]
Subject: [exchangelist] Restore and archive project

I am trying to help a client that I do consulting with on a project they
need to do.

They have monthly backup tapes created with Veritas including the Exchange
agent. However, only the Information Store was backed up, not a brick level
back. `This was designed and intended for disaster recovery. (The actual
backup scheme is more than that, but I have simplified it for this, as the
monthly tape is the only thing retained over time.)

Now, they are faced with a requirement to have ready access to all e-mails
(considered documents) for legal purposes. Of course, the easiest way is to
copy all messages to an archive account and then do a daily exmerge to a PST
and then burn to CD. 

What needs to be done is "extract" old messages from those tapes into PST
files for ready searchable access. 

My thought is to set up a temp Exchange server properly configured, restore
all the tapes without overriding, only adding non-duplicates, and then do
dated exmerge runs.

My question, is it possible to restore all tapes without overriding what is
already restored and then extracting, or is it necessary to restore one
tape, extract, restore next tape, extract and so forth?

John Tolmachoff
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