Recover Exchange Database Using ESEUTIL PowerShell Command
Facing Exchange Server failure due to unexpected shutdown or other hardware and software issues now become common for the Exchange Administrators. Not only for small scale but in large scale it’s lead to in data corruption of user’s mailboxes. Since Corruption in database and Exchange database recovery is the biggest nightmare for administrators. Therefore, in this blog, we will discuss how to perform recovery of Exchange database items using ESEUTIL command. So, let’s get started!
In the following section, readers will know a manual workaround that helps in Exchange Database Recovery. Microsoft provides an inbuilt repair tool named as ESEUTIL to repair Exchange 2013, 2010, and 2007 database. Its major function is to scan and fix technical errors in Exchange database. Furthermore, this method has multiple stages where a user needs to perform a series of different operation in order to repair the database of Exchange Server.
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The very first step is to check out whether the database state is in clean or dirty shutdown state. This can be verified by the following instructions.
Find ESEUTIL utility stored in the following Location: “c:\Program Files\Exchsrvr\bin”, where Exchange application installed.
Now Run the Eseutil.exe to Run the commands to verifiy the "State" of Exchange Database.
In Command prompt, execute the following command. "eseutil / mh " ( location to EDB file )
If the database State is equivalent to ‘Clean Shutdown’, then the Exchange database is closed perfectly. And, there is no problem in the database.
In such a situation when the Database Shutdown state is corresponding to ‘Dirty Shutdown’, then it signifies that some transactions are still awaited to complete. Here, we need to go Step 2 and perform Exchange database recovery.
Once you have found that database has dirty shutdown state, and the logs are missing, then the recovery process becomes so easy. You only need to perform soft recovery operation on it. This can be done by the execution of below-mentioned cmdlet.
ESEUTIL /r [log_prefix] /l [path to the folder with log files] /d [path to the folder with the database]
In this command, you need to provide the location of log file and Exchange database according to your Microsoft Exchange version. After the successful execution of the command, the lost logs will be restored to the Exchange database.
Once the above statement executes successfully, check the status of the database again. For this, a user needs to execute the following command.
Eseutil/ mh “[Path devoted to EDB File]” . As you see the State is equivalent to Clean Shutdown. Now, it’s time to mount the database.
After Exchange database recovery, it is required to mount the database. Use the below-mentioned cmdlet to complete the task.
If the database remains corrupted or damaged after running eseutil command, then the user can go for the Exchange Database Repair Tool automated solution to recover it. The tool that not only repairs highly corrupted EDB file but also recover database items without any hassle.
Even, this Exchange Database Recovery can restore the deleted emails from Exchange database. Besides this, it can fix Priv.edb, Pub.edb, and STM files easily. Apart from this, Various filters such as Date or Categories filter for the relevant data migration. It is the best tool that supports database recovery of Exchange Server 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010, 2007, 2003, 2000.
Step1: Launch the tool and add Exchange Database File to recover database items
Step2:If the files are highly corrupted, then select Advanced Scanning option offered in Exchange Database Recovery.
Step3: All the data items can be viewed on the interface after scanning in Hierarchy Order. Select the Mailbox to view all details of user Mailbox items such as "Inbox", "Outbox", "Sent Items" etc.
Step4: Preview Details of Exchange user's Contacts stored in the Database file.
Step5: Check Details of Exchange User's Calendar saved in the recovered Database file.
Step6: Now save the recover database items into different file formats supported via Email Clients.
Step7: Also directly save the mailboxes stored in Exchange database to Live Exchange Server of the desired Version. Exchange Database Recovery offers an option to export the database items into Office365 account.
Step8: Provide Administrators Credentials & User Credentials to Save data in Desired Mailbox Account
Step9: Now Preview the Details of Exported Database Items in selected Account
Being stored over local system, database is highly prone to corruption which makes entire database components (mailboxes & public folders) inaccessible. Therefore, use an Professional Softwarwe to recover EDB data files (both priv & pub) to read, access, view or forward emails, contacts, calendars etc.
2 golden opportunities still exists to fully restore exchange database. The first methods is to use log files and another way is recover Exchange Database without log files.
Exchange database can be corrupted without any prior notice. Therefore, in this blog, we have discussed Exchange Database Recovery using ESEUTIL commands. We know, it is not an ideal way to recover the highly corrupted database. Because you need to analyze the cause of the error and then execute the cmdlet according to it. There are high chances that at any step the eseutil command stops working and cannot repair the database. So, it is advised to keep Exchange Database Recovery tool that recovers the highly corrupted offline Exchange database and export them into the different platform such as Office 365.