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Retrieving email

By fbrown ·
I'm using exchange server 2003 and have been requested to provide all emails with specific words in the subject and body from the past 5 years...is this possible without additional hardware/software?

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Assuming you don't have a journal set up

by neilb@uk In reply to Retrieving email

(which would be too easy) and assuming that the mails are still in the Exchange mailboxes and not scattered across backups it's doable.

Exmerge will do it

http://support.microsoft.com/Default.aspx?kbid=328202

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what are your message tracking logs set to

by netwrk_admn In reply to Retrieving email

You can search your Exchange server for as long as your message tracking logs hold. But even then I don't think it will tell you what's in the body.

http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Exchange-2003-Message-Tracking-Logging.html

If you've been journaling, like the other poster said, should be a cakewalk. :)

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Retrieving email

by fbrown In reply to what are your message tra ...

Unfortunately no logging...and yes...I will be going through volumes of backup tapes...

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archived the emails?

by CG IT In reply to Retrieving email

or simply backup with transaction logs?

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by fbrown In reply to what are your message tra ...

I am hoping I am not going to be limited to the Sender/Server/Recipients fields in the message tracking center for this...if so do you know of any software/hardware I can search the body or subject line for this?

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What's the backup that you've used?

by neilb@uk In reply to Retrieving email

If you're doing mailbox-level, most backups have the option to search. Otherwise you can restore a database into the Recovery Storage Group and run Exmerge against that. Exmerge will let you scan subject, body and attachments.

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that's how we used to do it

by CG IT In reply to What's the backup that yo ...

restore to the Recovery Storage Group. requires work but there you go.

We use GFI to archive as well as their spam filtering. Really nice program. costs a bit but it's far better than doing email recovery from backups then searching.

The drawback to restore to the Recovery Storage Group is that it chews up disk space. On a system with marginal free space, where the stores are located, this can pose a problem, like in our case. That's where the GFI mail archiver came in. We archive to an external drive. Easy to do and easy recovery.

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Retrieving email

by fbrown In reply to that's how we used to do ...

Thank you for your assistance...would you recommend Barracuda product?

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never used them at the time they were pricey

by CG IT In reply to Retrieving email

and GFI gave us a good deal on pricing per user for both the spam filter and mail archiver.

So can't really give you a yea or nay on Barracuda spam filter.

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It's a good product

by mafergus In reply to Retrieving email

Barracuda makes a decent product. Had one in use for the past five years and it did the job it needed to do.

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