Microsoft Exchange Server is developed by Microsoft which acts as a mail server, contact manager and calendaring software. E-mails and other data items such as contacts, notes, calendars, etc. can be exchanged using Microsoft Exchange Server. All these data items are stored in database in Microsoft Exchange. This client-server application developed by Microsoft is of great use to store, send and manage data items including notes, tasks, e-mail messages, contacts, calendars, etc. Microsoft Exchange supports clustering of nodes. Whole database of the exchange server is managed by network administrator.
Sometimes the situation becomes unusual when you are not able to access your database file. Your database file may get damaged. So, to restore your original data you need to create a backup of original data file. If you have backed up your important data then it will be easy to restore Exchange backup file if your original data becomes inaccessible. You can create backup of your server databases by using inbuilt software of Microsoft Windows which is known as NT-Backup utility. A backup file contains copies of STM, LOG and EDB files which can be easily restored. STM stores internet contents, LOG file stores changes done to the exchange server databases and EDB file stores exchange information.
Procedure to Restore Data from Accessible Backup File
- Click accordingly – Start -> Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> Backup.
- Navigate to Restore tab.
- In left pane, double click or expand “File” folder, and then expand the “backup” folder that you want to restore.
- Expand corresponding storage group folder to the object which you want to restore. Select object by clicking the check box.
Note You might be asked to enter file name and path of BKF file in Catalog backup file textbox and click OK or browse to locate file.
- In Restore files to box, choose appropriate option and click on Start Restore.
- Enter server name in Restore to textbox and folder path in Temporary location for log and patch files textbox. If location of server is known to you then select browse option to locate server.
- Select these two check box – “Last Backup Set” and “Mount Database After Restore” and OK it.
Note While restoring backup, transactions after performing back up operation, recommit to the database. This might delete restored mailboxes.
- In Restore from backup file textbox, enter name and path of backup file which has to be restored and OK it. Or click browse button to locate backup file.
- Close the window when restore process gets complete.
None of the file is corruption resistant. The backup file of Microsoft Exchange Server can also get corrupted due to various reasons. Corruption can lead to loss of your invaluable data and you cannot restore Exchange backup file if it gets corrupted. The various reasons which causes corruption are virus infection, hard disk failure, sudden system shutdown, cyclic redundancy check (CRC) error, system crash, software malfunction, etc.
But you can recover Exchange Server backup file by considering a third-party tool. There are many third-party tools in the market but you have to choose the optimal one. By using third-party software you can recover your lost data within seconds without any technical knowledge.
One of the most efficient tools to restore Exchange Backup (BKF) file is Exchange BKF Recovery software. It successfully recovers all your files which include STM, LOG and EDB files. It runs with all the versions of Windows and Microsoft Exchange Server. You can try its free demo version before purchasing the software.