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Recovering a deleted mailbox from Exchange Server

Exchange Server’s mailbox might get deleted either accidentally or intentionally. But not to worry now, you can recover a deleted mailbox in Exchange Server easily. This article will helpful for all those who are looking for a way to recover deleted Exchange’s mailbox.

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Let’s discuss some technical facts that help in extracting deleted mailbox. In Exchange, if you delete a mailbox, it gets disconnected for a default period of 30 days (the mailbox retention period). During that mailbox retention period you can reconnect it at any point during. Elated to know this? Well yes this is true.

Deleting a mailbox does not mean that it is permanently deleted (or purged) from the information store database right away. But the thing is it just gets flagged up for deletion and remains flagged for 30 days retention period. However, at the end of the mailbox retention period, the mailbox is permanently deleted from the database. You can also permanently delete the exchange mailbox recovery by choosing to purge it at any time.

So it’s good news for those who have accidentally deleted a user mailbox and now need it back desperately. If mistakenly deleted an email-enabled user account, no problem you can recreate that user object, and then reconnect that mailbox during the mailbox retention period. So, one need to configure the deleted mailbox retention period at the mailbox store object level. If the retention period is crossed and it’s been deleted permanently then you are supposed to take help of third party Exchange EDB recovery software to convert EDB to PST.

Mailbox in Exchange gets deleted by going through following path:
  • You right-click the user in Active Directory Users and Computers.
  • Click Exchange Tasks.
  • Click Next on the Welcome page of the Exchange Task Wizard.
  • Click Delete Mailbox.
  • Click Next, click Next, and then click Finish.

This makes the mailbox flagged up for deletion and will get permanently deleted at the end of the mailbox retention period unless you recover it.

Steps to recover a Deleted Mailbox
  • In Exchange System Manager, locate the mailbox store that contains the disconnected mailbox.
  • Click the Mailboxes object under the mailbox store.
  • If the mailbox is not already marked as disconnected (the mailbox icon appears with a red X), right-click the Mailboxes object, and then click Cleanup Agent.
  • Right-click the disconnected mailbox, click Reconnect, and then select the appropriate user from the dialog box that appears.
  • Click OK.
Steps to recover a Deleted Mailbox
  • Right-click the mailbox store, and then click Properties.
  • On the Limits tab, change the Keep deleted mailboxes for (days) default setting of 30 to the number of days you want.
  • Click OK.

If mailbox retention period gets over, then you can take help of EDB to PST software to recover Exchange EDB database with all deleted user mailboxes.

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System Requirements

Your system need to meet the following requirements for the proper working of the Kernel for Exchange Mailbox Recovery.

  • Pentium Class Processor
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 50 MB Free Space (for Software installation)
  • Free Disk Space - Enough space to store the recovered files
Supported Versions
  • Windows (32 & 64 bits): Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2008, 2002, 2000
  • MS Outlook (32 & 64 bits): MS Outlook 2016, 2013, 2010, 2007, 2003, 2000, 98, 97
  • Exchange Server 2016, 2013, 2010, 2007, 2003, 2000, 5.5 & 5
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