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Disaster Recovery Tools and Wizards

 

Applies to: Exchange Server 2007 SP3, Exchange Server 2007 SP2, Exchange Server 2007 SP1, Exchange Server 2007

Topic Last Modified: 2006-08-23

The following tools are included with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007:

  • Database Recovery Management
  • Database Troubleshooter
  • Exchange Server Database Utilities (Eseutil.exe)
  • Information Store Integrity Checker (Isinteg.exe)

These tools comprise the core disaster recovery applications for Exchange 2007.

You can find the Database Recovery Management tool and the Database Troubleshooter in the Toolbox of the Exchange Management Console. These tools provide a graphical user interface (GUI) for many of the command-line tools used to troubleshoot Exchange databases. The wizards in each tool make use of knowledge gained from Microsoft Product Support Services, the Exchange Server product team, and industry best practices. Web updates for the tools are available frequently. You can use the wizards to recover from a database disaster, work with a recovery storage group, recover a mailbox from a backup, and several other tasks.

The Database Recovery Management tool uses the same engine as the Exchange Troubleshooting Assistant to programmatically execute a set of troubleshooting steps to identify issues with the database that you specify. It then provides multiple wizards to guide you through possible solutions for already identified issues.

The Database Troubleshooter also uses the same engine as the Exchange Troubleshooting Assistant (ExTRA) to programmatically execute a set of troubleshooting steps to identify the root causes of database mounting issues. The tool automatically determines the set of data that is required to troubleshoot the identified symptoms and collects configuration data, performance counters, event logs, and live tracing information from Exchange Server and other appropriate sources. Then, it provide guidance for possible solutions with links to related database recovery management wizards.

Exchange Server Database Utilities (Eseutil.exe) is a command-line tool that works with the Extensible Storage Engine (ESE), database files, and log files that are associated with an Exchange database. You can use Eseutil to verify, modify, and repair an Exchange database file. When a database is corrupt or damaged, you can restore data from backup or repair it using Eseutil.

The Information Store Integrity Checker (Isinteg.exe) finds and eliminates errors from the public folder and mailbox databases at the application level. Isinteg is not intended for use as a part of routine information store maintenance; it is provided to assist in disaster recovery situations. Because the Isinteg tool works at the logical schema level, it can recover data that Eseutil cannot recover. This is because data that is valid for the Eseutil tool at the physical schema level can be semantically invalid at the logical schema level.

The Isinteg tool performs two main tasks:

  • It patches the information store after a restore from an offline backup.
  • It tests and optionally fixes errors in the information store.

For more information about database recovery management and database troubleshooter wizards, see Database Recovery Management and Database Troubleshooter Tools.

For more information about Eseutil, see Eseutil.

For more information about Isinteg, see Isinteg.

To ensure that you are reading the most up-to-date information and to find additional Exchange Server 2007 documentation, visit the Exchange Server TechCenter.
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