Restoring Exchange databases

You can use SnapCenter to restore backed-up Exchange databases.

Before you begin

About this task

Most of the fields on the Restore wizard pages are self-explanatory. The following information describes fields for which you might need guidance.

Note: DAG-level backups must be restored from individual databases.


  1. In the left navigation pane, click Resources, and in the upper left corner of the Resource page, select the Exchange Server plug-in from the drop-down list.
  2. In the Resources page, select Database from the View list.
  3. Select the database from the list.
    The topology page is displayed.
  4. From the Manage Copies view, select Backups, from the Primary Backups table, and then click restore icon.
  5. In the Options page, select one of the following log backup options:
    Option Description
    All log backups Choose All log backups to perform up-to-the-minute backup restore operation to restore all of the available log backups after the full backup.
    By log backups until Choose By log backups until to perform a point-in-time restore operation, which restores the database based on log backups until the selected log.
    By specific date until Choose By specific date until to specify the date and time up to which transaction logs are applied to the restored database. This point-in-time restore operation restores transaction log entries that were recorded until the last backup on the specified date and time.
    None Choose None when you need to restore only the full backup without any log backups.
    You can also select the following actions:
    • Recover and mount database after restore

      Select this if you want SnapCenter to recover and mount the database after the restore operation.

    • Do not verify the integrity of transaction logs in the backup before restore

      By default, SnapCenter verifies the integrity of transaction logs in a backup before performing a restore operation.

      Best Practice: Selecting this option is not recommended.
  6. At the bottom of the Options page, select Recover and mount the database after the restore if you want SnapCenter to perform this task.
  7. Optional: In the Script page, enter the path and the arguments of the prescript or postscript that should be run before or after the restore operation, respectively.

    Restore prescript arguments include $Database and $ServerInstance.

    Restore postscript arguments include $Database, $ServerInstance, $BackupName, $LogDirectory, and $TargetServerInstance.

    You can run a script to update SNMP traps, automate alerts, send logs, and so on.

  8. In the Notification page, from the Email preference drop-down list, select the scenarios in which you want to send the emails.
    You must also specify the sender and receiver email addresses, and the subject of the email.
  9. Review the summary, and then click Finish.
  10. You can view the status of the restore job by expanding the Activity panel at the bottom of the page.

After you finish

You should monitor the restore process using the Monitor > Jobs page.