Applies to: Exchange Server 2010 SP3, Exchange Server 2010 SP2
Topic Last Modified: 2011-03-19
You can use a recovery database, which is a special kind of mailbox database, to mount a restored mailbox database and extract data from the restored database as part of a recovery operation. After you create a recovery database, you can move a recovered or restored mailbox database into the recovery database, and then use the Restore-Mailbox cmdlet to extract data from the recovered database. After extraction, the data can then be exported to a folder or merged into an existing mailbox. Using recovery databases, you can recover data from a backup or copy of a database without disrupting user access to current data.
Looking for other management tasks related to recovery databases? Check out Recovery Databases.
Use the Shell to create a recovery database
You need to be assigned permissions before you can perform this procedure. To see what permissions you need, see the "Mailbox recovery" entry in the Mailbox Permissions topic.
|You can't use the EMC to create a recovery database.|
This example creates the recovery database RDB1 on the Mailbox server MBX2.
New-MailboxDatabase -Recovery -Name RDB1 -Server MBX2
This example creates the recovery database RDB2 on the Mailbox server MBX1 using a custom path for the database file and log folder.
New-MailboxDatabase -Recovery -Name RDB2 -Server MBX1 -EdbFilePath "C:\Recovery\RDB2\RDB2.EDB" -LogFolderPath "C:\Recovery\RDB2"
For detailed syntax and parameter information, see New-MailboxDatabase.
After you create a recovery database, you may also want to restore data using a recovery database. For detailed steps, see Restore Data Using a Recovery Database.