Restoring from an OST after re-build new Exch2003

The original Exchanger server was gone during disaster.
So a new one was rebuild from scratch with the same Wins/DNS/Domain name.
Identically users name were also created w/ new set of pwd.

The outlook 2003 clients had been using OST before and after the disaster.
But now, the new server is connected.  OL Exch Client Profile was 
re-created.
Only at that point, we reliazed the OST file was not accessible anymore.
All the old email is gone now.

One thing we did before re-connect to the new server was to
copy the entire directory
C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook
 to D:\backup\outlook.

So the OST data should still been there.  The problem is how to recover it 
back to a form that can be read into OL and re-sync into the new Exhsrv2003?

According to Microsoft suppot web site, this can not be done due to the 
built-in security design.  (Q163589)

What do you think ?

You help is deeply appreciated.

Sincerely

Meng 


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tsaim (1)
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mt <tsaim@mft.com> typed:
> The original Exchanger server was gone during disaster.

What happened? I'm presuming you didn't have any good backups of this server 
or you wouldn't have had to do a complete reinstall. This should not be 
allowed to happen again - backups are important!

> So a new one was rebuild from scratch with the same Wins/DNS/Domain
> name. Identically users name were also created w/ new set of pwd.

So you have an entirely new AD domain, because the SIDs are different, even 
if you named everything identically.
>
> The outlook 2003 clients had been using OST before and after the
> disaster. But now, the new server is connected.  OL Exch Client
> Profile was re-created.
> Only at that point, we reliazed the OST file was not accessible
> anymore. All the old email is gone now.
>
> One thing we did before re-connect to the new server was to
> copy the entire directory
> C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook
> to D:\backup\outlook.
>
> So the OST data should still been there.  The problem is how to
> recover it back to a form that can be read into OL and re-sync into
> the new Exhsrv2003?
> According to Microsoft suppot web site, this can not be done due to
> the built-in security design.  (Q163589)
>
> What do you think ?
>
> You help is deeply appreciated.
>
> Sincerely
>
> Meng

Now that you have orphaned the OST files you will likely need third party 
software such as www.exchangerecovery.com to get the data out of them - if 
you'd left the old profiles intact, you could've disconnected the computer 
from the network, opened Outlook (which would remain offline but open) and 
exported to PST.



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lanwench (7567)
12/13/2005 4:24:05 AM
Do you also have a registry backup from the affected clients? If so, =
then you could restore it and put the .ost file back in its original =
location. That would allow the user to launch OUtlook with the original =
mail profile and export the entire contents of their mailbox (as held in =
the .ost file) to a Personal Folders .pst file.=20

--=20
Sue Mosher, Outlook MVP
   Author of Configuring Microsoft Outlook 2003
     http://www.turtleflock.com/olconfig/index.htm
   and Microsoft Outlook Programming - Jumpstart for=20
     Administrators, Power Users, and Developers
     http://www.outlookcode.com/jumpstart.aspx


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> The original Exchanger server was gone during disaster.
> So a new one was rebuild from scratch with the same Wins/DNS/Domain =
name.
> Identically users name were also created w/ new set of pwd.
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> The outlook 2003 clients had been using OST before and after the =
disaster.
> But now, the new server is connected.  OL Exch Client Profile was=20
> re-created.
> Only at that point, we reliazed the OST file was not accessible =
anymore.
> All the old email is gone now.
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> One thing we did before re-connect to the new server was to
> copy the entire directory
> C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook
> to D:\backup\outlook.
>=20
> So the OST data should still been there.  The problem is how to =
recover it=20
> back to a form that can be read into OL and re-sync into the new =
Exhsrv2003?
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> According to Microsoft suppot web site, this can not be done due to =
the=20
> built-in security design.  (Q163589)
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> What do you think ?
>=20
> You help is deeply appreciated.
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> Sincerely
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suemvp (4038)
12/13/2005 5:29:14 PM
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