Study How to Recover Failed Exchange Server 2016

Shayadri Sharma | November 17th, 2020 | Exchange Server 2016

In this article, you will get the information related to recover failed Exchange Server 2016 by using the manual as well as automatic way. As you might know that many organizations depend on Microsoft Exchange Server owing to its efficient mail services and additional features. Although it aims to provide reliable services to its valuable users, sometimes the server may face some internal issues and hinder its smooth functioning.

The users suffer much as the server is completely down and there occurs a situation of inaccessibility to the emails and other Exchange services. Server failure can arise in situations where the dead hardware components prevent booting the server or any corruption in the operating system may lead to failure of the server in the virtual machine.

Since the organization or professionals cannot bear such loss, they immediately try to gather some resolution for handling the failed server. The situation can be overcome by the recovery installation of Exchange Server 2016, which will eliminate the server related issues in the best manner.

An automated tool, Exchange Recovery also provides an efficient and quick solution to recover the failed or damaged Exchange Server 2016.

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Steps to recover Failed Exchange Server 2016 Using Recovery Installation

The recovery installation of the Exchange server is one of the best actions to cope with the failed or corrupted Exchange Server 2016. It provides complete recovery and restoration of the Exchange Server data files, without any database loss issue.

The recovery installation is a stepwise procedure that needs to be performed carefully by the technical user. The various phases involved in the recovery installation of Exchange Server 2016 include:

Stage 1: Installing New Exchange Server Instance

Firstly, a healthy server needs to be maintained that is used to recover the faulty Exchange server. It can be accomplished by the following procedure:

  1. Install a new Windows Server operating system on the system
  2. Set the same drive letters for the new instance, which are being used by the failed server
  3. Connect the new server instance to the required domain.

Note: All the characteristics of the new server instance(server name, server version, drive letters, capacity) should be the same as the existing failed server.

Stage 2: Running Recovery Installation Setup

Once the new server instance has been set up manually, it needs to be loaded with the setup files of the existing failed Exchange Server. It can be performed in the following manner:

  1. Copy the setup files from the existing server to the newly created server instance
  2. In the command prompt, set the path location for setup files of new server
  3. Run the following command on the command prompt
    C:\>setup/mode:recoverserver /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms

Stage 3: Re-applying the custom configurations

When a recovery install command is run, then it automatically re-installs major configurations stored in the Active Directory of the Exchange Server. However, it contains only server specific files such as virtual directory URL settings, transport information, database location, etc.

Many important information such as IIS settings, SSL certificates, registry keys are not re-installed by re-installation configuration as these contents are stored locally on the machine. So, the user needs to manually configure these files on the new server instance.

The SSL certificates being the most crucial component must be re-installed manually by the user. In the case of multiple Exchange Server 2016 or 2013, the user can choose export and import option for the same SSL certificates.

Stage 4: Restoring the lost database Volumes

The extent of Exchange server failure may vary according to the situation. If the failure is minimal, then there are no chances of loss of the volumes containing the mailbox database. So, the user can easily access the database without any issue.

It may be possible that the database and log files are sustained but are not properly mounted on the server. It can be solved by using command line ESEUtil utility, which allows us to scan and recover the damaged and corrupted database and log files efficiently.

Alternate Recovery Approach to Recover Failed Exchange Server 2016

The manual method that is discussed above needs much efforts and time to efficiently recover exchange server data files. Moreover, it is needed to be performed under technical guidance as any faulty move may lead to permanent data loss.

Users can go for an automated wizard, Exchange Recovery Software, which provides a complete recovery solution for every kind of Exchange Server failure within few easy steps. It also provides support to recover data from offline/dismounted corrupted EDB files. You can download the demo version of the tool by clicking on the below button.

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The Quick and Advance scanning mode option of this professional software resolves the Exchange mailbox corruption and recover & repair pub1.edb file along with priv1.edb file. To remove minimal corruption from EDB file select quick scan and for highly corrupted Exchange database file click on advance scan. This option also recovers hard deleted .edb mailboxes and items from offline/dismounted EDB file.

Users can easily recover deleted mailbox from Exchange 2016 & below version with no data loss. After recovery, the user can export healthy & unhealthy Exchange mailboxes such as: user, disconnected, legacy, shared, archive and items like – contacts, mails, notes, calendars, journals, tasks to Live Exchange Server, Office 365, and PST, EML, HTML, MSG, MBOX & PDF file formats.

This utility automatically create the export report which saves the success and fail count of export Exchange data like – EDB to PST File, etc…

Key Features Of Automated Software

  1. Recover Exchange Public and Private Exchange database file
  2. User can extract mailbox from offline EDB file to Outlook PST
  3. Software easily recover highly corrupted and purged Exchange Server Mailboxes
  4. Restore MS Exchange EDB items: emails, contacts, calendars, tasks, notes, journals
  5. Remove (SMIME/OpenPGP) email encryption from Exchange EDB mailbox in bulk
  6. Convert EDB to PDF and multiple standard file formats in batch
  7. Maintain actual folder structure and provide date & time filter to recover Exchange emails of a certain period


Since Exchange Server may face some unexpected issues, the users are advised to maintain the backup of the transaction and log files. These files can be used in case of severe server failure leading to loss of files. Both the manual method and automated approach have been discussed above to make it clear how to recover failed Exchange Server 2016.