The Exchange Server Information Store is extremely robust but for collateral reasons, such as storage problems or general hardware problems, it may happen that the Mailbox database gets corrupted.
The main causes of databases corruption could be hardware issues like a faulty board or drives, an unexpected shut down, human errors such as moving and EDB to another location, malware or malfunctioned updates.
When disaster strikes, the Exchange Admins need to solve the issue with the minimal impact to the client and their business.
There are a number of things you can do natively by using the Eseutil or the NewMailboxRepairRequest but these will take a considerate amount of time or might not fix the issue.
So what is the alternative or the fix to all this?
One simple tool is all you need, the new Stellar Repair for Exchange – The best Exchange Recovery Software.
Let’s go through the application and see what it can offer.
The installation file is fairly small and the installation was quite fast with no manual intervention.
Once you open the application you immediately notice a big change to the UI making it’s simpler and Office 2016 style in the case of minimalistic look and two tone color.
You can also change the look to Office 2016 look white.
You will be immediately prompted to select the Microsoft Exchange EDB file to repair by specifying the path or you can easily click on the Find button and it will scan the drive or folder you select.
A new addition to the software is that you can scan up to four EDB files at once, which will give you more flexibility and of course reduce the time of scanning and exporting repeatedly for multiple EDB files.
Depending on the damage you will be given the choice to quick scan or deep scan the file/s.
Once done it will display all the mailboxes recovered from the EDB files with the mailboxes and all the mailboxes’ structure where you can browse all the folders and export accordingly.
If you close the application, it will prompt you with the choice of saving the scanning information so that next time you open the application it reduces the time to open and export the data.
Once you re-open the application all you need to do is cancel the EDB selection, click on Home and click on Load Scan on the ribbon.
The functionality is great and once you open a mailbox you have access to all the items like Calendar, contacts, deleted items, tasks and all the folder structure of the mailbox.
You can export the mailbox items a la carte and the filters are great. The filters offer the ability to exclude the Junk and Deleted Items, inclusion or exclusion of a date range and exclusion of sender. Of course you have a mix and match of all.
You can export a mailbox or multiple mailboxes to various formats like PST, MSG, EML, HTML, RTF and PDF or you can export directly to an Exchange Server or to an Office 365 mailbox.
When exporting to Exchange, which is limited to Exchange 2010 and higher, you will have the option to either create a new user or enable an existing one. This will come in handy if your EDB got corrupted and after the creation of the new EDB you will need to repopulate the mailboxes themselves. This will minimize impact and user intervention.
Another option that caught my attention is that you can even export multiple mailboxes to a live Exchange Server. Imagine you have a corrupted EDB file of 50 users, you create a new EDB file on your Exchange Server so that the users can continue sending and receiving emails; at the same time you would be exporting from the corrupted EDB file into the live one and the emails will start populating back in the user’s mailboxes including all the items such as calendar and other. This is a huge return in the time to get a business up and running after a disaster strikes.
The above also applies when exporting to Office 365 just in case you have a hybrid you can easily map the existing the users and export multiple mailboxes.
This tool can also come in handy if you organization is moving towards Office 365 as it can be used as a migration tool.
In conclusion, Stellar Repair for Exchange is not one tool but a mix of tools that it will be a life saver for any Exchange Administrator and of course for the business users.
It’s fast, features are great and it does the job that by using conventional methods it will take ages if you manage to resolve it.