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How to Recover a Database to Its Original Location

Updated: November 1, 2013

Applies To: System Center 2012 - Data Protection Manager, System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager, System Center 2012 SP1 - Data Protection Manager

When you recover a Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 database to the original location, System Center 2012 – Data Protection Manager (DPM) does not use the latest log files from the protected server; therefore, the recovery is to the last saved state. To perform a database recovery without losing data, recover the database to the original location using one of the following methods:

  • If there are no databases mounted under the storage group, recover the storage group using the Latest recovery point.

  • If any database is mounted under the storage group, create a recovery point for the storage group, and then recover the database using the Latest recovery point.

If you select Latest as the recovery point for an Exchange Server 2007 database, DPM applies the log files from the protected server and performs a lossless recovery without any additional steps.

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In Exchange 2007, if there are multiple databases in a storage group, all databases will be dismounted during recovery. An Exchange 2007 best practice is to have one database per storage group.

How to recover a database to its original location

  1. On the server to which the database will be recovered, configure the target database to allow it to be overwritten by the recovered data. For instructions, see How to Configure the Exchange Databases so That the Restore Process Overwrites Them.

  2. In DPM Administrator Console, click Recovery on the navigation bar.

  3. Using the browse functionality, select the database to recover.

  4. On the Recovery time menu, select Latest.

    You must select the most recent recovery point to recover the storage group to its original location.

  5. In the Actions pane, click Recover.

    The Recovery Wizard starts. The wizard options will vary depending on the version of Exchange.

  6. On the Review recovery selection page, click Next.

  7. Select Recover to original Exchange Server location, and then click Next.

  8. On the Specify recovery options page, you can select Send an e-mail when this recovery completes.

    Select this option to specify an e-mail address or addresses to notify upon recovery completion. If you select this option, you must also enter the e-mail address to notify. Multiple e-mail addresses must be separated by a comma.

  9. On the Summary page, review the recovery settings and then click Recover.

See Also

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For additional resources, see Information and Support for System Center 2012.

Tip: Use this query to find online documentation in the TechNet Library for System Center 2012. For instructions and examples, see Search the System Center 2012 Documentation Library.
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