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Duplicate emails in Exchange

By jlivingston ·
We recently were forced to perform a restore of our priv.edb database and then a restore of individual mailboxes. Since the database was old, we didn't 'overwrite' when we did the restore. As a result of this, we have several hundred mailboxes with lots of duplicate email addresses and contacts. Is there an easy way to remove duplicate emails and contacts with the least impact to the individual users? Thanks for your help!

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by jlivingston In reply to Duplicate emails in Excha ...

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by dheupel In reply to Duplicate emails in Excha ...

Unfortunately, no. You could do a restore of the public and private information stores again, and this time choose to overwrite, but since time has passed, entries and messages newer than the backup files will be lost. Restoring from a current backup will do no good, as it will just restore the current condition. The best course of action is just to swallow pride, ask the users for forgiveness, and tell them they need to clean out their duplicate entries.

Sorry, I know this isn't what youwanted to hear.

Good luck!

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by bmccool In reply to Duplicate emails in Excha ...

I know this sucks, but if you don't have too many user mailboxes...
You and a few trusted souls, can logon using the account you installed exchange with (usually Administrator or it's renamed incarnation).
and attach the users mailboxes one at a time sort them by date and delete the duplicates.

I've been here before and 375 mailboxes took 6 hours to clean up...
ps
Do this after hours, as users online will see the messages leaving their inbox.....
:)

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