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public folder tree deleted? how to get back?

Discussion in 'Exchange Exams' started by itdaddy, Mar 20, 2007.

  1. itdaddy

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    hey guys
    how you all doing?

    well itdummy back and i am in a predicament.
    i deleted the public folder tree by accident.
    technically in 2003 exchange you cant; i tried it at home
    on my trial version and says you cant unless you delete
    the store first; but got to love the job when you are clicking
    and bam you hit delete and the Public folder tree disappears.
    i am so pissed. i cant get it back. i tried ntbackup recover.
    nothing; says AD needs to replicate but it has been days?
    i can see the objects in the Active Directory.
    how can i get the Public FOlder tree back that corresponds to
    The Public Folder Store? Seems like I am SOL?
    any help from you gurus! man! i am just torqued!

    thanks guys!
     
  2. Sparky
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    Are you just using ntbackup for your Exchange backup?

    You should be able to restore the whole public folder database.
     
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    ntbackup 1 x a week cleans out our logs
    veritas daily backsup stores public and mail
    both are full backups.

    i tried the restore; butu says it cannot mount the
    public folder store due to replication issues?

    in my home full trial exchange; i tried to delete the fking
    Public Folder Tree like at work in a full live environment
    and bam! says cannot delete folder tree. and ourwork
    exchange 2003 standard has the most updates!
    go figure gives us at home $ht and go to work and fk
    it up! man am i pissed! i sware i hit properties and it clicked
    up to delete; you would think some easy to delete
    should be easy to restore; go figure JS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    thanks Sparky!
     
  4. Sparky
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    How many Exchange servers do you have?

    When you do a restore from Veritas you have to go into Exchange System Manager first as there is an option you have to select to allow the public folder store to be overwritten by a restore.

    Ive done this a couple of times and it has worked ok.
     
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    sparky ( love your avator;cute man! cute)

    yeah, idid that; i think our vendor tech
    will be calling MS$$ and they will probably have to
    run a setup.exe /disasterrecovery (switch)
    and restore and then of course before we run
    that hope he does on the spot ntbackup of the entire
    mail and public store! and then after the disasterrecovery switch is ran, think he will restore. that way all the connectors
    are connected;(f$$n Microsoft and their spagetti mess database structure!) freaking hate their stuff

    it is love hate; when their stuff works but when it dont
    crap got to get a team together! errrrr
    tahnks sparky!
    robert:eek:
     
  6. Sparky
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    Hope all goes well! :biggrin

    I had to create a new public folder store (empty) and then restore to that. Took around an hour (longest hour of my life!) and then remounted the store.
     
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    this MCSE said he had never seen this. He said you shouldnt be able to delete a PFT but I did! accidently.
    weird I clicked on properities and the blue tag jumped to delete
    and deleted it bam no yes or no dialogue box freaked me out.

    they didnt believe me but when they saw it they did

    and the did an ntbackup of both mail store and public folder stores and the ran setup.exe /DisasterRecovery switch

    and restored from backup. worked!

    but yeah, longest day of my life! we have many emails that are
    mission critical that come into this public folder.
    and my A$$ was on the line. but thank god i had
    two victories that day! got our MailMarshal working great
    best AntiSPam Mail software I have seen or used.
    really catches the image SPAM. love it.

    thanks for the help
    Sparky!:eek:

    even though you are a stuffed animal dude! you are cool!
    :D
     
  8. Sparky
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    LOL glad everything is working ok :biggrin
     
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