Windows Server Recovery
Let's face it, if you're wondering about how to perform Windows server recovery, you're probably having a very bad day already. After all, unless you're the IT guy, you probably have more productive things that you would rather be doing. Still, in today's office, when your Microsoft exchange server is down, you basically have two choices: perform exchange server recovery yourself or sit around and wait for the guys from the IT department. After all, it's not like the modern office is going to function without email, messaging or the variety of calendars, schedules, and other task management tools which we all rely on so heavily.
DIY Exchange Recovery Can Work
Fortunately, really minor Windows server recovery is not as complicated as it sounds. As long as you don't let yourself get intimidated by it, and you can follow simple instructions, you can perform exchange server recovery. You'll be up and running again in no time.
Walk Softly, Carry A Big Backup
The first thing you should do is determine whether you even need server data recovery. Check your recycle bin first. If you haven't emptied it recently, and a deleted file is the issue, it may in fact be there. Deleted computer files, including those in your exchange or Windows server, are not actually deleted. They simply go to the recycling bin where they wait to be recovered at your convenience.
If picking through the recycling bin doesn't give you what you need, you will need to run a Windows server recovery program. You can run the recovery program on your computer by clicking the start button, choosing "all programs" and selecting "Microsoft Exchange Server" from the list. Be aware that you won't be able to do this if you don't have admin privileges on the computer (in which case you'll probably be sitting around and waiting for the IT guys).
Moving Forward One Step At A Time
Once you open the Microsoft Exchange Server folder, you'll want to pick "Administrative Groups." You'll find it on the left pane. From there, choose "Mail Administrative Group" and click on the exchange server you use (if you're not sure, the guys in IT will know). Click on "Mailbox Store", and then click the mailboxes folder. You'll be given some options. You will want to run the cleanup agent. All of the mailboxes on the server will open up, and you will want to select the mailboxes which need windows server recovery and choose "Reconnect." Voila, you're back in business.
If this still does not do the trick for you (it usually will), there are many window server recovery software packages which can help you do this, and most of them are fairly simple to use. You will want to make sure, of course, that the software you use is compatible with the version of Windows you are running. Otherwise, running the Windows server recovery software is a matter of plugging it in and following the instructions as they're given.
Fortunately, exchange server recovery programs get the job done fairly quickly these days. Many of us can remember taking hours on end restoring lost data, but today's Windows server recovery programs generally do the trick in just a few minutes.
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