Today I recovered a single mailbox from backup tapes on an Exchange 2003 server. The user had been deleted from Active Directory. The mailbox had passed the retention time on the server and been purged from the Exchange database.
I found very very minimal documentation on how to do this, it was so sketchy that I was almost afraid to try this.
We only have a single Exchange 2003 Standard server, and I believe that its a little bit simpler if you have Enterprise or more Exchange servers. So, for those of you in the same boat, here’s how to do it. » Read the full post