Monday, August 29, 2016

Extract mailboxes or selected email items from EDB files

As we know now Exchange server is more established and reliable application as we have high availability such as DAG for preventing any disaster, but some time we are facing the problem out Exchange database is not mounting or corrupted due to some abc reason and we need to run the business and email is one of the critical application for any organization in now days.

We can do the disaster recovery processor  to continue our business, but some some time we do not have the up to date backup . For immediate we can setup the Dial Tone Recovery for continue the mail flow but we can not get old emails.

Disaster recovery will take long time and its very long process and now days we do have very large size database.

There are multiple third party tools in market which are giving the option to extract the Exchange database file (.EDB) to PST file which is fast process to recover the users email.

Here i will explain one of the tool, how it will help you extract mailboxes from EDB file. Lepide Exchange Recovery Manager is an automated solution which which help to extract the mailboxes from the selected EDB files.

Step 1: Add Source

Once you install the "Lepide Exchange Recovery Manager" tool, open and need to add the offline EDB file from servers.

In the Add Source dialog box, select "Add Offline EDB File" option.

The next step is to add EDB files, you can do this by two ways either by selecting EDB files manually or by searching the computer and shared locations for EDB files. Here we will add EDB file manually.

After clicking next, a scanning wizard will open. Select the type of scan you want to perform on EDB database. There are two options available: Standard scan and Deep scan. 

After selecting the desired scan method, click on the next button.

After the completion of process, the selected offline EDB files will be displayed in the Source List.

Step 2: Export Mailboxes from EDB Files

Select the mailbox to export from the offline EDB files displayed in the source list.
In the Export Mailboxes wizard, select the mailbox which you want to export and set the filter accordingly. Specify the destination where you want to store the exported mailboxes. After this click on Export button to start exporting the mailboxes to the PST files.export from the offline EDB files displayed in the source list.

After the completion of process, the following dialog box will appear displaying the logs of the export process.

Mailbox exported successfully!

Extracting Selective Mailbox Items from EDB files

Now we can extract any of the mailboxes from the EDB file.

Select the type of destination and then click next. Here we are creating a new PST.

Click ‘Browse’ to select the path and name it to create a new PST file. Click next.

Destination added successfully.

From the source list, select the messages which you want to copy. Then select the copy messages option to export the messages to the destination.

After copying the messages, select the destination folder in the destination list where you want to paste the messages. Right-click in the destination pane and click ‘Paste’.

All copied messages will be successfully imported in the PST file.

Mailbox item exported successfully!

Lepide Exchange Recovery Manager offers one of the simplest ways to export mailboxes from EDB files to various formats such as PST, EML, MSG and TXT.  The solution gives IT administrators everything they need to keep the Exchange Server up and running. It is easy to use, simple to deploy.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Microsoft Support and Recovery Assistant for Office 365

Microsoft has release a new tool for troubleshooting the common issues with Office 365. Microsoft Support and Recovery Assistant for Office 365 is very easy to use tool that works by running test and figure out what is wrong, it will help to fix some problems or it will give you some direction to resolve the issues.

You can download the tool "Support and Recovery Assistant tool"

here you can see the we can use this tool for multi-purpose

Once you down load the tool, click on Install

Tool will download more components from Internet
Accept the Microsoft Services Agreement

Here you can select the which service is affected, i selected "Outlook"

Select the problem which you are facing

Select which machine is affected

Give the your credential for further process.

It will try to fetch the information

here you can see the details problem etc..

Also you can select "Advance Diagnostics"

It will give you the details
here more details

Now you can see your machine configuration is fine

Now you will get suggestion from tool

Tool recommend to run outlook on safe mode..
here you can create new Outlook profile

Finally you will get the page for confirmation and feedback

Support and Recovery Assistance for Office 365 tool look like very helpful for all administrator as well as users.
It is very handy tool.

Thank you!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Cross Forest Migration Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2010

We are migrating customer Exchange environment to Office 365 but in customer environment still some forest are in legacy Exchange 2003, as you know first we have to do stage migration to Exchange 2010 than Office 365. Here i will explain here how we can go steps by steps to migrate legacy environment without third party tools.

LAB details

Target Forest -
Source Forest -

Create trust between the forest

First of all we have to create the trust in between the forest, you can create two way transitive trust and you can set the permission as per business requirement, for creating the trust you can follow here "Create Active Directory Trust"

Install ADMT on Target DC

Second steps is to install the ADMT tool in target domain controller, click here for step by steps ADMT installation

Also you can planning to migrate Users with Password , You can Configure “Password Export Server” in the source domain.


First, create OU in Active Directory such as Target Users & LAB Users

Now open Exchange 2003 console

Select the user's in source forest and check the users details

Now its time to migrate one pilot user, first  will migrate the mailboxes from source forest to target forest with using of prepare move request to prepare the move mailboxes. Before move request you have to give the credential .

now you can see the disable account in target domain.

Now its time to migrate the user's SID to enable target user, just verify the services is running

now open ADMT console

Select user account migration

provide the source and target forest information

Now select the users

Next select the user
Select the target OU where we need to migrate user

Select Password option and select "Migrate password"

its time to select the account transition and select "Migrate user SIDs to target domain"
Next Admin Account for authentication

now select option users group memberships
Click next
Next select the Migrate and merge conflict objects from conflict management wizards

Now you can see the user migrated successfully.

Now time to check the users SID history

Once you check the SID history time to run the New-Moverequest for migrating the user from source to target, as we already run the prepare move request.

Now you can verify from Exchange 2010 console user is migrated successfully.
You can also remove the move request

Now user won’t be able logon on the new forest directly as you required to change password as first logon

To avoid this situation we need to modify the users attribute

Open Active Directory Users and computers – View – Advance Features

Go to User properties – Attribute Editor

Set “PwdLastSet” attribute to –1

Open Adsiedit –Set pwdlastset to –1

user will not get password change option in next logon.

Its time to test users profile in via configuring the outlook.

Bulk Migration

First of all export all users account in CSV file with help of CSVDS -d command

Once export all users in csv prepare move request

Now you can see the status

Check the status in target domain

Now you have to follow same process as above

Once complete run the New-Move request for complete the migration for all mailboxes

Now you can on Exchange 2010 console

Also verify in target OU
Remove the move request

Now its time to decommission Exchange 2003 server, before that check the any users mailboxes are there or not.

Click here for decommission Exchange 2003 step by steps

Once all Exchange 2003 mailboxes migrated to Exchange 2010, now its time to migrate mailboxes to Exchange online.

Thank You!