How to Recover Exchange Server 2019 Database?

Aftab Alam
Aftab Alam

Updated On - February 22, 2024

Summary: To recover an Exchange Server 2019 database manually, You can utilize ESEUTIL tool in Exchange Management Shell to hard or soft repair the database. But it increases the chances of data corruption. For simplest data recovery, we will show you the step-by-step process of Recoveryfix for Exchange Server Recovery tool and show the faultless database recovery.

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Microsoft has introduced many security features in Exchange Server, and they are functional enough to be prepared against several external threats. Some are enabled by default, and some are available for you after you enable them manually. Here are some security settings, filters, and protection features present in Exchange.

  • Ant-spam and antimalware protection
  • Ant spam and antimalware protection are present in the Exchange Server 2016 and 2019. Anti-spam protection provides in-built transport agents and is enabled by default on Edge Transport servers.

    Antimalware was introduced in Exchange Server 2013 and is present to safeguard all the mailboxes of the Exchange Server.

  • Content Filtering
  • Content filtering checks all the incoming messages for their legitimacy. The filter checks whether the email is genuine or spam. It matches the message from the existing samples of genuine and spam emails and then decides whether to allow the message or not.

  • Sender Filtering
  • Sender Filtering keeps a list of blocked senders and evaluates the value of the MAIL FROM command in SMTP connections from the blocked sender’s list. This feature is present in Exchange since Exchange Server 2010.

  • Attachment Filtering
  • Attachment filtering works on the Edge Transport servers and handles the incoming email message that has the attachments. There are several actions to perform like Filtering based on a file name or file name extension, Filtering based on file MIME content type, Reject (block) the message, Strip the attachment but allow the message through, silently delete the message, etc.

In Exchange, Microsoft has introduced many data protection features which empower administrators to meet compliance requirements and face data disasters. A combination of these native data retention methods helps them meet all their data retention requirements quickly.
Generally, following are the scenarios which Exchange administrators have to be prepared for.

  1. Disaster Recovery
  2. Database Availability Groups (DAG) keep multiple copies of the databases to ensure the availability of data constantly. In case of software or hardware failure, users can quickly get data from any member of the database availability group. You can extend these database availability groups to a variety of sites and save yourself from any storage, server, data center, or network-related failures.

  3. Recover accidentally deleted items
  4. Generally, the recovery process of deleted items includes finding the backup file where the data was saved earlier, then accessing the data from it and restoring it to the database. But the latest version of Exchange Server 2019 and 2016 provides a Recoverable Items Folder. You can apply a Hold Policy on the Recoverable Items Folder too, and it will hold the deleted and modified data for a given period. It makes it easy for administrators and users to access the data from the folder, and there is no need to run any recovery procedure.

  5. Backup storage for long term
  6. Backups are the most common form of storing the Exchange data at a safe location and later retrieving it in case of any database failure. Backups are archives which are encrypted and protects the data for the long term. In latest Exchange backup archiving, multiple mailbox search and message retention features have increased the safety of data, and now users can save the data for a more extended period.

  7. Point-in-time Database Snapshot
  8. Point-in-time snapshot is a unique feature which creates a lagged copy of the database at the database availability group. It is helpful in scenarios, when a logical corruption has hit the Exchange, and you need to go to a previous state of the Exchange. It is also helpful in restoring accidentally deleted items. The advantages of using the point-in-time snapshot is that it takes quite less time than a backup for restoring the data. It does not require the copy process from the backup server to the Exchange server.

    With the help of native Exchange data protection features, you can strengthen your data retention capabilities. But there are multiple threats like malware, spyware intrusion, hardware failure, software failure, user errors, which can lead to corruption in the Exchange database. In such a case, you need expert assistance, which helps you to fix the error and recover all the data. Also, you can fix the issues with the help of a good Exchange recovery tool like Recoveryfix for Exchange Server Recovery.

Recoveryfix for Exchange Server Recovery
Recoveryfix for Exchange Server Recovery is a database recovery software which accesses the corrupt EDB file, scans it, removes the corruption, and brings the entire data back to you. It supports all Exchange versions, including Exchange 2019. Here is its detailed working procedure;

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  1. Install and run the software. There are two sections for source and destination Files. Click Select Source icon.
  2. Click the Select Source icon

  3. The software shows a list of various source files. Select first one for the EDB file.
  4. Select the first one for the EDB file

  5. Click Browse button and select the EDB file from its location (the tool can also search the EDB file in any drive or folder). Click Next.
  6. Click Next

  7. The tool offers two scan modes for your EDB file – Standard Scan and Deep Scan. You can choose any scan mode based on the seriousness of corruption. Click Next.
  8. two scan mode for your EDB file – Standard Scan and Deep Scan

  9. The tool scans and repairs the EDB file. Click Finish.
  10. Click Finish

  11. Entire mailboxes of the EDB file are presented in the proper tree-structure. Expand any mailbox and check its contents. The deleted items are present in red color. Finally, click on Add destination icon.
  12. click the Add destination icon

  13. Choose the first option to create a new PST file. You can also choose to save the data in an existing PST file. Click Next.
  14. Click Next

  15. Browse a suitable location for the PST file, then provide a new name to it. Click Next.
  16. provide a new name to it. Click Next

  17. The tool creates a new PST file. Click Finish.
  18. provide a new name to it. Click Next

  19. Select the messages from source EDB file. Right-click them and select Copy Message(s).
  20. Right-click them and select Copy Message(s)

  21. Go to the destination section > right-click on it > and choose Paste Message.
  22. right-click, and choose Paste Message

  23. The tool moves the data and shows a migration report.
  24. moves the data and shows a migration report

  25. At last, you have recovered the corrupt data from the EDB file to a PST file.
  26. ecovered the corrupt data from the EDB file to a PST file

    You can access the PST file in Outlook application and see the messages there.

    Conclusion
    Recoveryfix for Exchange Server recovers all the inaccessible content from the Exchange database. The structure of the mailboxes remains the same in the tool, and you can check all the folders and their content while previewing. The software is easy to access and can recover your data with less effort.

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