How to resolve Exchange Server 2007 database corruption

Published: 08th October 2010
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Microsoft Exchange Server certainly has its flaws, the server data which is hosted on .EDB files can get corrupted due to logical and physical errors. For all the Outlook users this can be a disastrous scenario as bulk of important data is suddenly at risk, this may include emails, appointments, calendars and contacts etc.

Herein, we will discuss about the prospects of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 and how to resolve its database corruption errors. Microsoft Exchange server 2007 is a safer application and delivers data security and database improvements features. One of the major assets of this application is the extended database size limitation up to 16 TB. Hence the users have increased number of storage groups per server, improved anti-virus, and anti- protection. Despite of having such significant features the application still gives way to corruption and database damage errors.

Some of the practical examples which a user may face at the time of Exchange Server database corruption are:

The EDB file become inaccessible, although you have several back up techniques but in such cases the backup is also damaged.

While checking the database integrity and consistency with eseutil.exe, message displayed is:

"File Not Found"

The reinstalled Exchange Server tried to import the EDB file to a new server but it does not work in such cases the data is completely inaccessible. Therefore, to restore the data you need, first extract the mailboxes from EDB file in .pst file format and then importing them to EDB file after the new mailboxes are created.

Moreover, while you are trying to move mailbox from the corrupted store to a new one, the action cannot be performed and the following error message is displayed:

MSExchangeIS (3932) First Storage Group: Data inconsistency detected in table table_num of database database_path

along with

ESEUTIL /p repair operation fails to fix the database corruption.

The above error messages indicate the complexity of database corruption to such an extent that even MS Exchange utilities fail to recover them. To extract the mailboxes you need to opt of third party software solutions.

How does third party repair tools can benefit:

Third-party repair Exchange Server Recovery utilities are devised to repair and restore the database contents. These make instant email recovery and exchange mailbox recovery from corrupted EDB and STM files of .Exchange Server Recovery software effectively restore mailboxes from inaccessible .EDB file and saves to PST and EDB databases.

Third party exchange server recovery tools can be availed in free evaluation version. The demo lets you to repair corrupt EDB file and you can preview the recovered data. Although, the demo version has certain limitations, recovered data is read-only, hence it cannot it cannot be saved to system drives. To have a complete access to the recovered exchange server data you need to purchase the full version of Exchange Server Recovery tool.

Author Bio: The author of this article write expert views on Exchange Server Recovery and Hard disk Data Recovery. His content reflects generous views on dealing with exchange server recovery of MS Exchange server.

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