Stellar Exchange Toolkit – One Stop Solution

Stellar Exchange Tool Kit is the one stop solution for most of the Exchange on premises and office 365 needs. You may have any version of on premises Exchange; it may be legacy Exchange Server 2003 / 2007 / 2010 / 2013 or even the latest Exchange Server 2016. There are various tools available in the market to do all the stuff which Stellar Exchange Toolkit offers but there is no other tool which has all the features of Stellar Exchange toolkit. Stellar Exchange Tool Kit is the suite of many great features and does it with accuracy and preciseness

· Stellar Phoenix Mailbox Exchange Recovery

· Stellar Mailbox Extractor for Exchange Server

· Stellar OST to PST Converter

· Stellar Mailbox Extractor for Exchange Backup

· Stellar Phoenix Password Recovery for MS Exchange

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Figure: Stellar Exchange Toolkit

Let’s talk about each of the feature it offers in details.

Stellar Phoenix Mailbox Exchange Recovery

Microsoft Exchange Database uses Extensible Storage Engine (ESE) for the database architecture. Exchange database contains different mailboxes like users, shared, room, etc. Each mailbox has various items types like messages, attachments, calendar, notes, contacts, tasks and is hierarchically stored in the different folders. There are many reasons to for the mailbox database corruption; it could be because of hardware or logical corruption. These corruptions are irreversible.

Stellar Phoenix Mailbox Exchange Recovery feature is to recover the corrupted Exchange database (EDB) file and export the data in the usable format. Exchange database correction rarely occurs and but when it occurs, then we are in deep trouble. Organizations offer large mailboxes for the users, and details size growth is enormous. Recovering the large database using the native Exchange ESEUTIL /P command takes forever. If ESEUTL /P sometimes may not fix the issue and end up to start over from the beginning. Phoenix Mailbox Exchange Recovery helps to overcome all the Hazel of running ESEUTIL repair and all the wait time. It can connect to the database, fixes the Database corruption and then export the mailboxes content to the target mailbox. Alternatively, we can even export the mailboxes content to PST, MSG and EML files.

Steps to Recovery Exchange Mailbox Database

1. Start Stellar Phoenix Mailbox Exchange Recovery

2. Connect to the offline EDB file using Select EDB option or use Find EDB to find the EDB file in the local machine

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3. It has two scan options Quick Scan and Extensive Scan. Quick scan can fix most corruption, but extensive can give better results.

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4. Once it repairs the EDB file, it lists all the mailboxes available in the EDB database file.

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5. We can select individual mailbox and export the content in the required format list PST. MSG, EML formats. It can even export the connect to the users exchange mailbox or office 365 mailboxes.

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6. We can also export the individual mailbox item or even the contents from the mailbox folder to the required format.

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Stellar Mailbox Extractor for Exchange Server

Microsoft Exchange Database uses Extensible Storage Engine (ESE) for the database architecture. Exchange database contains different mailboxes like users, shared, room. Each of the mailboxes has various items types like messages, attachments, calendar, notes, contacts, tasks and is hierarchically stored in the different folders. These items can get corrupted for various reason, and natively there are limited options to fix it. Many exchange administrators move the mailbox from database to another database. During the mailbox move, it copies the items which are not corrupted and leaving the corrupted items. However, this solution does not fix the corrupted messages and get it in the readable format.

Stellar Mailbox Extractor for Exchange Server feature can connect to the online or offline Exchange database and select the required mailbox and export to PST. It also allows preview each of the items in the mailbox and export one or more articles in the required format like HTML, RTF, PDF and others supported formats.

Stellar OST to PST Converter

Stellar OST to PST Converter is to convert OST files on your local machines to the PST file format, and it can split the PST in multiple management PST files. It can even export the email content to the Exchange Server mailbox or even to office 365 mailboxes.

This feature comes in handy when you have the corruption in a mailbox or database or even the loss of Exchange server itself. OST to PST help you to overcome the situation, and it scan the OST file on the local user’s machine and can restore the content to the PST. Outlook 2007 and above supports Unicode version PST, and they can be as bigger as 50 GB and more. OST to PST Converter can also export the content to Exchange mailbox or Office 365 mailbox. It also allows to saves the individual or email box content in different format like MSG, EML, HTML, RTF, and PDF

Stellar Mailbox Extractor for Exchange Backup 8.0

Stellar Mailbox Extractor for Exchange Backup is to features to restore the mailboxes or mailbox contents from Exchange Backup. Exchange Backups are necessary component of Exchange infrastructure. Most of the Organizations do backup on daily basis, and there are often requirements to restore the content from backups. Many a times Mailbox content restore a full-time activity, and it involves lot of efforts and time using native Exchange.

Stellar Mailbox Extractor for Exchange Backup can connect to the Exchange Backup files and quickly scan through the content and lists all the mailboxes available in the backup files for restore. Administrator can select the one or more user mailbox and save the content to PST. It also allows administrator to save mailboxes or individual email content to file formats like MSG, EML, HTML, RTF, PDF, and even to office 365. This software also help to repairs Windows NT Backup file and Symantec VERITAS Backup Exec file with BKF formats.

Stellar Phoenix Password Recovery for MS Exchange

Stellar Phoenix Password Recovery for MS Exchange is not an Exchange component, but it is for Microsoft Windows Server. It helps to break to the windows server local administrator password. There are many situations where we need to logon as local administrator, but administrator does not have the local password. It supports Microsoft Windows 2000 Server, 2003 Server, 2008 Server and 2012

Stellar Phoenix Password Recovery for MS Exchange required to download Boot image ISO from the website and burn it in a CD. Make necessary changes in the BIOS to boot from the CD and boot the server using it. Finally, use ResetPassword.exe to restart the password of the administrator and reboot the machine.

Conclusion:

To perform some of the operations on the Exchange online mailbox database, we need to have necessary permission to connect, and preferably we need full mailbox access. I think Stellar Exchange Toolkit is a great tool and necessary required for most of the organizations. It reduces huge amount of time and efforts of the Exchange Engineers. You can have license transferred from machines to another when needed, and it makes more flexible to move around the application as needed. I think it is worth the investment for every organization and It is a cost-effective tool. I would give 5/5 rating to this product.

Managing Accessibility of OST files through Cloud-based Platforms

Implementing Cloud-based Platform Migration

Cloud-based migration is a next generation migration option that readily reduces the chances of corruption and makes accessibility of files quite easy. As far as OST files are concerned, they are also preferred to be migrated in the same platform without any worries. Doing so makes them all time available back-up of required files. Moreover, the cloud can be accessed from anywhere at any time and can be even used for bulk migration. 

Thus, the required OST files become safe and handy on few clicks. However, few questions protrude while we think of OST files. It relates to “What happens if OST files get corrupt?” “Will it anyhow affect the existence of PST?” If how, then what will be the concerning factors?

To make the picture clearer it must be clear that the initial focus is to rescue the damaged OST files content and try to keep data hierarchy unchanged without any issues. To be answerable in such unexpected circumstances it is necessary to avail some technical assistance from reliable third-party tool. 

Managing spoilt OST files

There is high probability of getting OST files affected by corruption. However, the severity of OST file corruption is beyond the scope of the topic, but its impetus may somehow put a massive effect on entire file structure. 

Implementing Cloud-based Platform Migration

Cloud-based migration is a next generation migration option that readily reduces the chances of corruption and makes accessibility of files quite easy. As far as OST files are concerned, they are also preferred to be migrated in the same platform without any worries. Doing so makes them all time available back-up of required files. Moreover, the cloud can be accessed from anywhere at any time and can be even used for bulk migration. 

Thus, the required OST files become safe and handy on few clicks. However, few questions protrude while we think of OST files. It relates to “What happens if OST files get corrupt?” “Will it anyhow affect the existence of PST?” If how, then what will be the concerning factors?

To make the picture clearer it must be clear that the initial focus is to rescue the damaged OST files content and try to keep data hierarchy unchanged without any issues. To be answerable in such unexpected circumstances it is necessary to avail some technical assistance from reliable third-party tool. 

Managing spoilt OST files

There is high probability of getting OST files affected by corruption. However, the severity of OST file corruption is beyond the scope of the topic, but its impetus may somehow put a massive effect on entire file structure. 

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Figure 1 Dialog Box presenting technical issue.

You must be introduced to the dialog box that displays the inaccessibility information. It is not the single note; moreover, there are ample of them that convey the same message in other manner. 

However, assistance from third-party proved to be helpful. Kernel for OST to PST is the most convenient and user-enabled third-party tool, which is often recommended for this purpose. This OST to PST tool simply scans for damaged/corrupt OST files and repairs them keeping OST file hierarchy and data structure unchanged. Moreover, the tool provides an option either to directly migrate the OST files to cloud-based platforms or convert same to PST and other file formats like DBX, MBOX, MSG, EML, TXT, RTF, HTML, MHTML, & PDF.

What takes for restructuring lost OST files?

Kernel for OST to PST makes use of inbuilt QFSCI algorithm to regain the lost file structure of OST files, it also includes resurrection of OST files content. So, to restructure the damaged OST files Kernel for OST to PST makes use of few essential steps, which include selection of concerned OST files, their preview post conversion and their migration/conversion as per user’s choice. The entire process is done within few clicks and conversion/migration entirely depends upon user’s choice.

Cloud-based Migration-User’s choice

Being a choice of next generation, cloud-based migration is being effectively used and recommended by many users.  Kernel for OST to PST provides such option in addition to the conventional methods of saving OST files in other formats. The screenshot of the tool clearly shows the effectiveness of the tool in handling the OST data in conventional process and cloud-based migration that involves email servers, webmails and Office 365.

 

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Figure 2 Screenshot of Kernel for OST to PST presenting different options.

 

About Kernel for OST to PST

Kernel Data Recovery has designed a more secure way than conventional methods that were quite risky and time consuming. A more dedicated tool – Kernel for OST to PST has been crafted for this purpose. Kernel for OST to PST uses a secure way to convert OST files to other file format. Thus, it brings a clear picture to the user that OST files can be saved in other formats as well with same dedication and precision as it does for PST file format. Even if the obtained files are large in size, then it can be split in required size. For lost OST files Kernel for OST to PST provides ‘Search’ option. The ‘Preview’ option lets user to make sure that entire conversion has been perfectly taken place. This option provides preview of converted items. 

With the below mentioned descriptive figure you can understand the exact functioning of the tool. 

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Figure3.Making file selection and uploading.

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Figure4.Details of concerned files and different saving option.

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Figure5. Saving Path of desired file.

For perfect conversion process to initiate, the user system must have Pentium class processor, minimum 64 MB RAM, 50 MB space for software installation and some space to save results. The tool supports all versions of MS Exchange Server, MS Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Server and Windows OS. 

Securing OST files-An Ultimate Aim

For secure OST migration to cloud-based platforms it is recommended to take assistance from reliable third-party tool like Kernel for OST to PST. Due to provision of secure migration and conversion, this tool is highly advised. Since cloud-based migration provides effective and convenient access to OST files; therefore, it is regarded as future cloud for MS Outlook users.

You could download the copy from the below location

http://www.nucleustechnologies.com/exchange-ost-recovery.html

PowerShell Script to copy Exchange GUID from Office 365 to Exchange On-prem User.

When users are been migrated from On-Prem to Office 365 using some third party tool then the on-prem user object’s Exchange GUID gets rested to “00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000" . This will cause problem when we need to move back the mailbox to on-prem for some reason.  Below is the code which helps to validate the On-prem users which Exchange GUID and copy back the Exchange GUID properties from Online mailbox to the Exchange On-prem user.

Set-ADServerSettings -ViewEntireForest 1
"Remotemailbox" > c:\temp\myremotemailbox.csv
get-remotemailbox  -resultsize unlimited  | %{
$upn = $_.UserPrincipalName
$proxy = $_.EmailAddresses.ProxyAddressString
$exchGuid = $_.ExchangeGuid

$mailboxlist = @()
$found = $false
    foreach($pro in $Proxy)
    {
        If($pro -like "X500:/o=ExchangeLabs/*")
        {
        $found = $true
        }
    }
    if($found -eq $true)
    {
        $upn >> c:\temp\myremotemailbox.csv
    }
    if($exchGuid -eq "00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000")
    {
       
        $upn >> c:\temp\myremotemailbox.csv
   
    }
}

$LiveCred = Get-Credential
$Session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri https://ps.outlook.com/powershell/ -Credential $LiveCred -Authentication Basic -AllowRedirection
Import-PSSession $Session –allowclobber

$csvimport = Import-Csv C:\temp\myremotemailbox.csv
"userprincipalname,legacyExchangeDN,ExchangeGuid" > c:\temp\rmbresult.csv
Foreach($csv in $csvimport)
{
$rmaibox = $csv.remotemailbox
$mailbox = get-mailbox $rmaibox | select userprincipalname,legacyExchangeDN,ExchangeGuid
$mailbox.userprincipalname + "," + $mailbox.legacyExchangeDN + "," + $mailbox.ExchangeGuid >> c:\temp\rmbresult.csv
}

remove-PSSession $Session

$finalRM = Import-csv C:\temp\rmbresult.csv
foreach($final in $finalRM)
{
$upn = $final.userprincipalname
$eguid = $final.ExchangeGuid
$x = "X500:"  +  $final.legacyExchangeDN

if($upn -ne "")
{
get-remotemailbox $upn | Set-reMotemailbox -exchangeguid $eguid -CustomAttribute3 "Account Verified for X500-GUID" -EmailAddresses @{Add=$x}

}
}

Deploying a Free LoadMaster at Your Exchange 2013 lab – Part 1

In this article series, we will understand the step by step instruction to deploy Kemp LoadMaster for Exchange Server 2013 services in multi- site (Dallas and Pittsburg) lab environment and also configure geo-redundancy between the two AD sites. Where the Kemp LoadMaster load balances the client requests( from internal and internet network) within the AD site and also routes the client request automatically to the available Exchange 2013 servers in other site when one AD site goes down.

Current LAB Setup

Current Lab is built on Microsoft Hyper-V and it is configured with two AD sites Dallas (10.10.10.0/24 network) and Pittsburg (20.20.20.0/24 network). It is also installed with domain controller on each site with the domain name happy.com. In each of the AD site, one Exchange Server 2013 (multirole) is installed and configured Database Availability Group (DAG01) between them. Below Figure 1.1 has the details of the AD sites, Domain Controller, Exchange nodes and DAG.

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Figure 1.1 Exchange 2013 deployed in the lab environment.

 

LAB Hyper-V Virtual Network Configuration Requirement:

LoadMaster interfaces with both internal network and external/internet network. Hence, Hyper-V needs to configure with two Virtual networks: DMZ Network and Internal Network.

1. DMZ Network: Create a new DMZ Network virtual network of type External network, it should connect to the host Machine network interface card (NIC) and communicates with the external world. Make sure to select Allow management operation system to share this network adapter. The Figure 1.2 has the details of the same. Host machine NIC should be connected to the internet.

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Figure 1.2 DMZ Network configuration

2. Internal Network: Create new Internal Network virtual network of type Internal Network. Internal network is isolated network which can communicate within themselves. We will configure all Exchange Servers 2013 guest machines NICs to use internal network.

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Figure 1.3 Hyper-V Internal Network Configuration.

A Windows VM is configured as Router with two NICs pointing to internal network. This windows Router will route traffic between two network segment Dallas (10.10.10.x) and Pittsburg (20.20.20.x) within the internal network.

Configuring Kemp LoadMaster in the Exchange 2013 lab

In this part , we will Install and configure LoadMaster on both the AD site in Two-Arm Deployment as defined in the below Figure 1.4. With one NIC pointing the DMZ network and other NIC pointing to the internal network.

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Figure 1.4 Kemp LoadMaster deployment and IP address configuration plan

Configuring LoadMaster for Dallas Network

1. Register a new Kemp ID at http://freeloadbalancer.com and download the latest version of Free Kemp loadmaster for Hyper-V

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Figure 1.5 Free Kemp LoadMaster Website

2. Extract the KEMP LoadMaster Virtual Machine (VM) file on the Hyper-V server.

3. Start Hyper-V Manager and click on Import VM from the Actions menu then click on Next at the Welcome Screen.

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Figure 1.6 Importing LoadMaster Virtual Machine into Hyper-V

4. At Local Folder page, Click on Browse button to specify the Kemp LoadMaster virtual machine and click Next and on Select Virtual Machine page keep the settings as default and click on Next

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Figure 1.7 Specify the Folder containing virtual machine to import

5. Choose the option Copy the Virtual Machine (create a unique ID) to make of copy of the VM with the new unique ID and click Next. (This will help us to create multiple copy of the downloaded LoadMaster image)

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Figure 1.8 Choose the virtual machine Import type

6. Choose folders paths to store the new copy of the LoadMaster VM and click Next.

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Figure 1.9 Choose Virtual Machines files path

7. Then Choose Storage folders path for the new VM and click Next

8. Validate the Summary page and click on Finish to import the Virtual Machine (VM) into Hyper-V console.

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Figure 1.10 Completing Import Wizard.

9. To identify the Dallas Load Master in the Hyper-V, rename the newly imported LoadMaster VM to DalKemp.

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Figure 1.11 Renaming LoadMaster VM in Hyper-V Manager

10. To configure the virtual network on the DalKemp VM, right click on LoadMaster VM and select Settings. Select DMZ Network for the first VM-Bus network Adapter and Internal Network for the second VM-Bus network adapter and click on Apply. Below Figure 1.12 has the reference details.

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Figure 1.12 Configure Network Adapter on DalKemp VM

Connecting to LoadMaster and Activating Free License

1. Boot the DalKemp LoadMaster VM from Hyper-V console

2. Post booting it displays IP Address of the Appliance (in our case it is 192.168.1.100). It is been assigned by the LAB router via External DMZ network. Since, this network is sharing the host NIC and also connected to the Lab router with DHCP Configured.

Note: The Default Username/Password: bal /1fourall

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Figure 1.13 DalKemp LoadMaster connection information.

3. To configure the DalKemp LoadMaster, start Internet Explorer and connect to it using the IP address assigned – https://192.168.1.100

4. Provide the Default credentials Username/Password: bal /1fourall

5. Click on Agree to accept the End User Agreement

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Figure 1.14 Accepting EULA

6. Select License Type as Free LoadMaster and click on Allow to connect back to KEMP home for license activation.

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Figure 1.15 Selecting License Type

7. Use the registered KEMP ID and activate free LoadMaster license.

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Figure 1.16 Activating Free LoadMaster License

8. Once activated, it will prompt to reset the default user (bal) password. Once password is changed then re-login back to the VM using new password.

Configuring LoadMaster Network Interface

1. Login to Kemp LoadMaster from Internet Explorer and under Main menu expand system configuration -> interface

2. Select eth0 (Network Interface 0) and validate IP Address – 192.168.1.100/24. It is been assigned by DHCP and we could use the same on the interface and change it if required. Make sure Use for GEO Responses and Request is checked and this interface will be used to communicate with Pittsburg LoadMaster for geo redundancy.

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Figure 1.17 Configuring LoadMaster eth0 Interface

3. Select eth1 (network Interface 1) and assign the IP address 10.10.10.9/24 from the Dallas internal network segment and click on Set Address. This interface will be used to communicate with internal Exchange 2013 servers in the Dallas and Pittsburg AD sites.

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Figure 1.18 Configuring LoadMaster eth1 Interface

Follow the above Instructions: Configuring LoadMaster for Dallas Network, Connecting to LoadMaster and Activating Free License, Configuring LoadMaster Network Interface to import and configure Pittsburg LoadMaster. Configure interface Eth0 with IP address 192.168.1.101/24 (Pittsburg DMZ network) and Eth1 with 20.20.20.9/24 (Pittsburg internal network) on it.

With this we are at the end of the part 1 of the article service with Exchange server 2013 installed and configured, Hyper-V networks configured and finally installed and configured LoadMaster in both the AD site. In the next part we will configure the LoadMaster for the Exchange HTTPS/ SMTP Services and validate the same.

Configuring Outlook Anywhere via ARR on IIS 7

If you are trying to configure Outlook Anywhere to route via ARR sever on IIS 7 then you will not be able to connect and you should get error “outlook unable to connect to the Exchange sever.”

in IIS logs you should find the error code 404.13 (which mean content length is too large)

Solution:

By Default IIS ‘Maximum allow content length’ is set to 30 MB. We just have to reset it to 2 GB(2147483648 byes).

To configure this select the required website and double click  on ‘Request Filtering’

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Select ‘Headers’ tab and click on ‘Edit Feature Settings’ then increase the ‘Maximum allow content length’ to 1 GB (1073741824 bytes)

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Deploying Microsoft Exchange e-mail Server – Guides, books and Admin deployment documents

Top 5 Microsoft Exchange Server Books by MVPs, Consultants and Expert Administrators

I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite Microsoft Exchange authors into the top list of books covering

· Deployment

· Architecture

· Configuration

· Deployment

· Sizing

· Load Balancing

1 – Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Sizing, Designing and Configuration – A Practical Look – 9.99$

By Krishna Kumar

It’s a book on Microsoft Exchange Server 2013, it will be on sizing, designing and configuring with a practical look. It will be based on the practical scenario for different organization with approximately user of 5,000, 10,000, 25,000 and 50,000. It also contain various migration scenario like migration from Exchange 2003, Exchange 2007 and Exchange 2010. It also includes information on Office 365 migration scenario with Exchange 2013.

Copy of the book can be bought from Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B013XBVBDW/ref=rdr_kindle_ext_tmb

2 – Exam Ref 70-341 Core Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 (MCSE) 1st Edition – 35.51$

By Bhargav Shukla, Paul Robichaux

Prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-341–and help demonstrate your real-world mastery of the skills needed to deliver effective Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 solutions. Designed for experienced IT pros ready to advance their status, Exam Ref focuses on the critical-thinking and decision-making acumen needed for success at the MCSE level.

Copy of the book can be bought from Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VO27P2Y/ref=rdr_kindle_ext_tmb

3- Mastering Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 – 35.23$

By David Elfassy

Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 is touted as a solution for lowering the total cost of ownership, whether deployed on-premises or in the cloud. Like the earlier editions, this comprehensive guide covers every aspect of installing, configuring, and managing this multifaceted collaboration system. It offers Windows systems administrators and consultants a complete tutorial and reference, ideal for anyone installing Exchange Server for the first time or those migrating from an earlier Exchange Server version.

Mastering Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 is the complete reference for planning, installing, and maintaining the most popular e-mail server product available.

Copy of the book can be bought from Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GDEP1GA/ref=rdr_kindle_ext_tmb

4- Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Unleashed – 35.70$

By Rand Morimoto, Michael Noel, Guy Yardeni , Chris Amaris and Andrew Abbate

Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 doesn’t just add dozens of new features: It integrates multiple technologies into a common, unified communications system that can add value in many new ways. Now, five leading Exchange Server consultants help you deploy Exchange Server 2013 quickly and smoothly–and then efficiently manage, troubleshoot, and support it for years to come. More than a comprehensive, authoritative reference, Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Unleashed presents hundreds of helpful tips and tricks based on the authors’ unsurpassed early adopter experience with Exchange Server 2013 in real production environments.

Copy of the book can be bought from Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ADQC24I/ref=rdr_kindle_ext_tmb

5- Microsoft Exchange Server 2013: Design, Deploy and Deliver an Enterprise Messaging Solution – 37.72$

By Nathan Winters, Neil Johnson, Nicolas Blank

The latest release of Microsoft’s messaging system allows for easier access to e-mail, voicemail, and calendars from a variety of devices and any location while also giving users more control and freeing up administrators to perform more critical tasks. This innovative new field guide starts with key concepts of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 and then moves through the recommended practices and processes that are necessary to deploy a top-quality Exchange service.

  • Focuses on the Exchange ecosystem rather than just the features and functions of the Exchange product
  • Focuses on scenarios facing real customers and explains how problems can be solved and requirements met
  • Zooms in on both on-premises deployments as well as Exchange Online cloud deployments with Office 365
  • Helps you thoroughly master the new version with step-by-step instruction on how to install, configure, and manage this multifaceted collaboration system

Whether you’re upgrading from Exchange Server 2010 or earlier, installing for the first time, or migrating from another system, this step-by-step guide provides the hands-on instruction, practical application, and real-world advice you need.

Copy of the book can be bought from Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DXJMZNK/ref=rdr_kindle_ext_tmb

RecoveryFix for Exchange Server Recovery

One of the most important component of the Exchange server is the database and it stores the user’s mailbox with emails, contacts, calendar, tasks, notes etc.

MS Exchange is considered as mission critical application as most of the business transaction happens over email. Hence, it is very important that the database are protected. Exchange server provides multiple native option to protect the database. Exchange backups, multiple database copy, LAG database copy are the common ways to protect database with minimum or no data loss.

In spite of multiple options and complex configuration, there is always a possibility of exchange database getting corrupt and cause a major downtime for the users with data loss. Exchange native tool ‘ESEUTIL’ could be used to fix the database corruption, but in most of the occasions, it take enormous amount of time to fix the corruption. Alternatively, you could restore data from the backups but it is subjected to data loss between the backup time and the restore time.

Lepide software Pvt. Ltd. offers RecoveryFix for Exchange Server Recovery tool, it helps to recover Exchange database from corruption. It works on all version of Exchange database file starting from Exchange 5.5 to latest version of Exchange. It is a very simple, easy and efficient tool.

RecoveryFix for Exchange Server Recovery tool accepts the database file .edb and .stm (for legacy database only) as source files.

 

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Image: Selecting Corrupted database to recover

 

Operating the software, once the source database file is selected then it provides three different recovery mode options:

1. Automatic Analyze and recover: It is the recommended and fastest mode to restore the corrupted database. It scans through the database, fixes the corruption and lists all the recovered mailboxes in the database. Recovered mailboxes from the database can be exported to the .pst files.

2. Advance Scan: It is selected when database is severely corrupted and ‘Automatic Analyze and Recover’ option fails. This mode performs deep scanning of the database and it takes some time to recover the database. Once the database is fixed, it lists all the recovered mailboxes in the database. Recovered mailboxes from the database can be exported to the .pst files.

3. Rebuild corrupted database: This option reduces unnecessary efforts of exporting the user’s mailbox to .pst file and sharing with the users. It creates/rebuilds a new clean database by fixing the corruption in the database. The new recovered database is ready to mount on the Exchange servers.

 

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Image: Recovery Modes to Recover Corrupted Database

 

Automatic analyze and recover and Advanced scan are the most common options, when you have bigger database and large number of mailboxes to recover. Once scanning process is done, it proves effective in fixing all the corruption and allows administrator to view/validate the mailboxes and its content.

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Image: RecoveryFix for Exchange Server Console

Administrator can save all the recovered mailboxes into .pst file format. These .pst files can be imported into the target user’s mailbox or any other temp mailbox. Administrators can also share the .pst with users and can be accessed through their MS Outlook.

Saving the recovered mailboxes can be done easily by selecting ‘Save’ button from the top ribbon bar. Saving option provides some great flexibility to filter only the necessary emails based on date.

Administrator can easily filter emails based on predefined date or custom date. Finally at the end, one just got to define the path of the destination folder to save the recovered .pst files.

 

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Image: Saving Option to export the .pst

 

Conclusions:

I think it’s a great tool to fix the corrupted Exchange database and at the same time can save your efforts and time. I recommend this tool for all the Exchange Server administrators. You can download the copy of the software from the Recoveryfix Website – http://www.recoveryfix.com/exchange-server-recovery.html