Lareau -> URGENT: EDB corrupted by eseutil /P (16.May2013 8:40:43 AM)
I did what should have never been done ... start ESEutil with no backup !
Long story short, I m using VMware for all my servers. Exchange server has 2 VMDK, 1 for Windows installation and 1 for Exchange installation + mailboxes.
I use VEEAM as my backup system.
On May 8th, my .EDB got corrupted.. can't tell why but no one could connect to it with Outlook. If I restart Microsoft Exchange Information store service, it worked in outlook for 20 secondes and failed again.
So I had to start my backup plan .. but in my bad luck. the backup did not work for the last 3 days.
So I started the replica server anyway wich was 3 days old.
In an insurance company, a LOT happens by email in 3 days ...
Well, with my old production server close, I detached my VMDK drive with the exchange installation and attached it to an other server to restore the lost mail/calander.
I tried a bunch of programs like Ontrack Poweroncontrols which was able to see all my maiboxes and emails/calander. So everything was good then, but I had to buy the product.
I contacted a company which have an "expert" for every programme, and so they have one for Exchange.
He said he can restore it without the use of a program.
So he logged into my server and started the process... ESEutil /R ... went fast seams to have consolidated all the logs to the EDB, but the log files are all still there, so he started a ESEutil /P.
In my luck, the server decided to do windows update that night and restarted the server while the ESEutil /P was still running.
So we started it again in the morning. After 48h running (88Gb and 3963 logs) it was way too long and been waiting to much time for this, we decieded to buy that famous Ontrack program.
So I stopped the ESEutil process and tried again the Ontrack free version before I buy it, to find out that it cannot do a thing now, the EDB seams completly corrumpted.
Ontrack would charge me between 3000 and 7000$ to recover it.
There should be a program out there or a way to restore it ? please help !!
Before the ESEutil /P, I did a snapshot of my VM to make sure I can revert back to its original stat, but it seams that the corruption cannot be reverted back !