Backup and Restore Exchange Server 2016/13/10 Database

Various Scenarios occur when Exchange Administrator needs to take the backup Exchange Database or need to restore the orphan database into Exchange Environment again. There are many queries which are increasing day by day basis, therefore, today I am about to describe related to backup and restore Exchange Server 2016/2013/2010 via export and import pst file from the Microsoft Exchange Server.

Pre-Configuration to Backup & Restore Exchange DB

There are some prerequisites that you have to do before going to the Backup & Restore Process of Exchange Mailboxes.

  1. Create a Shared Folder & assign its access permission to Exchange Trusted Subsystem.
  2. Assign Management Role to User (Administrator)
  3. Run Export & Import Command

Now I am going to describe each steps in detail.

1.  Create a Shared Folder & Assign Access Permission

First, create a folder in the installation drive of the Exchange server as shown in the below image.

new folder to export

Go to the folder properties and select Security tab and click on Edit button.

security edit

Now go for Adding user by clicking on Advanced button.
advanced button  Advanced - backup and restore exchange

Now in List of user select Exchange Trusted Subsystem and click on OK button.

Exchange Trusted Subsystem

Now you can see that Exchange Trusted Subsystem is added to the list. Assign at least edit permission to it.

assign permissions - backup and restore exchange

Now again go to the properties of New created folder and click on Sharing tab and then click on Advanced Sharing.

advanced sharing

In Advance Sharing click on permissions and assign complete access to everyone as shown in below image.

permissions - backup & restore exchange

2. Assign Management Role to User

Now I am going to assign Management Role to the Administrator. In my case the Administrator is the User. Just follow the below given steps:

Go to Exchange Management Shell (EMS) through the Start menu as shown in below image.

start menu - backup & restore exchangeexchange management shell

Now run below written command in Shell. You can see its demo in below image.

New-ManagementRoleAssignment –Role “Mailbox Import Export” –User“Domain\Administrator”

management role assignment - backup & restore exchange

3. Run Backup Command to Backup and Restore Exchange Server 2016/2013/2010 Mailboxes

Now I am going to show you the execution of the Export & Import Command One by one. It can also be called the backup and restore command. Before execution of export command make sure that there is enough space available in the drive. Command for Exchange Server Backup:

New-MailboxExportRequest –Mailbox abcdef –FilePath \\ServerName\abc\abcdef.pst

abcdef is mailbox name
abcdef.pst is new pst file name in which backup will be present after backup process.

new mailbox export request

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Check Mailbox Export Process Status. See the below image for the demo of running the command.
Get-MailboxExportRequest | Get-MailboxExportRequestStatistics

statistice - backup and restore exchange mailbox

After execution of the above command go to the shared folder which you had created and check to new exported mailbox PST file. It is a backup of a single mailbox.
Command for Exchange Server Restore:
Run below written command for exchange server restore into existing mailbox of exchange server. You can also see below images for the demo of running command.
New-MailboxImportRequest –filepath \\ServerName\abc\abcdef.pst -mailbox newabcdef

exchange backup and restore command

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After the execution of the command, you can also check the restore status by executing the below command.
You can also see below image for the demo of running the command. Get mailbox command - backup and restore exchange

After the execution of all the above processes, you will be able to backup and restore any single mailbox to exchange server 2016, 2013 & 2010.


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