Product Review – Stellar Phoenix Mailbox Exchange Recovery Software
There is no need for us to delve into the important of Microsoft Exchange Server. Considering the vast number of organizations that use it as their primary communication backbone, its sheer volume of customer base speaks for itself and its reliability. As much as that is true, a very potent fact, which cannot be denied, is that data threats to critical information stored on computer and network systems are increasing and evolving each day. Today, no organization can claim to be 100% secure from external or internal threats to their precious data. And that is why they instruct their Exchange administrators to constantly stay aware of the most state-of-the-art tools and techniques to safeguard their information and recover it if disaster strikes.
One of the best tools currently available in the online market which helps experienced as well as relatively new Exchange administrators easily recover data from a damaged database, severely corrupted database, or a similar catastrophe, is Stellar Phoenix Mailbox Exchange Recovery software. We are always on the lookout for utilities that can prove to be life-savers in messy situations and honestly, we loved this software. It is efficient, accurate, and delivers what its makers promise.
Quite recently through an unfortunate series of events, one of our Exchange servers experienced a crash like one we’d never seen before. While we were able to get the server back online, all previous databases residing on the server were deemed gone for good. That’s when one of our previous clients suggested giving Stellar Phoenix Mailbox Exchange Recovery a chance. We did, and it saved us. Not only did it extract all our critical information from damaged database files, it allowed us to save it in multiple output formats while also giving the option to export it directly to live Exchange. What more could we have asked for!
And so, to help others like us out there, we’re penning down this review of Stellar Phoenix Mailbox Exchange Recovery here. Read through it and witness how this brilliant product helped us divert a major data disaster.
What is this software all about?
Not only to quote the vendor, but adding from our own experience, Stellar Phoenix Mailbox Exchange Recovery is a one-stop solution to Exchange troubles. The software is quick to scan even the most severely corrupted Exchange database files and extract the data stored within safely. It is easy to install and is compatible with a variety of MS Exchange versions. Here’s is the summary of its specifications and compatibility:
System Requirements & Compatibility
- Processor: Pentium class
- Memory: 1 GB minimum
- Hard Disk: 50 MB of free space
- OS Compatibility: Windows 10 (32bit/64bit) / Windows 8.1 (32bit/64bit) / 8 (32bit/64bit) / Windows 7 (32bit/64bit) / Windows Vista (32bit/64bit) / Windows Server 2012 / Windows Server 2008
- MS Exchange Compatibility: Server 2016 / 2013 / 2010 / 2007 / 2003 / 2000 & 5.5
The application can be downloaded from the vendor site (https://www.stellarinfo.com/edb-exchange-server-recovery.htm) through a secure download and installed swiftly through a Windows style installation wizard.
Note: Ensure that you have Microsoft Outlook installed on your system before installing Stellar Mailbox Exchange Recovery software. If you don’t follow that order, you will be presented with Phoenix.dll error.
How we worked with it
We needed to recover critical company information saved within our Exchange database pronto. So after we installed this product, we followed the below mentioned procedure to perform a quick data recovery. Plus, learning from our little glitch, we decided to make the recovery process thorough by saving the recovered data locally in a PST file, exporting it to live Exchange, as well as to Office 365. Yes, the software lets you do all three! The steps for each of these scenarios are described below.
Saving recovered data in PST format
- Launch the software and from the home screen browse to select your corrupted EDB file (if you are new to this, you can use the ‘Find’ button in the software’s interface to locate the EDB file on your system)
- After selecting the file, pick a scanning mode (options are ‘Quick’ and ‘Extensive’). Since we didn’t want to take any chances, we selected Extensive scanning mode and clicked ‘OK’
- Our action initiated a deep scan of the corrupted EDB file and after some time, the recoverable data was displayed in a tree-view list in the software’s left-hand panel. From this panel, a user can select any folder to view its content in the middle panel and preview individual items in the right-hand panel.
- Finally, we select all the data that we wanted to recover and clicked on the ‘Save’ button from the File menu.
- From the array of output options, we picked PST, selected a destination folder to save the file, and clicked on ‘OK’. And that was it! After several minutes, all the data we had selected was saved in a PST file at the location we had specified.
We exported the PST file into Outlook and checked and all our data was there. We were saved! And all it took was a few clicks and a little time. Then we proceeded to export the recovered data to live Exchange.
Exporting recovered data to live Exchange
With this option, we were able to export all recovered data directly to mailboxes on the running Exchange server. Here’s how we used this option:
- Steps 1 through 4 mentioned above remained the same
- From the list of output options, we selected Export to Exchange Mailbox
- The next screen prompted us to select the Exchange mailbox to which we wanted to restore the recovered data and fill in the respective login data
- Once connected to the server, we were shown a list of all mailboxes residing on it and all we had to do was double-click on the mailbox name to start the import process
As simple as that! However you should know that this option works only for a machine that is joined to the same domain that the Exchange server you are exporting to belongs; if you initiate the import from some other machine, you will get an error and the process will be terminated.
Finally, we saved the recovered data to Office 365 to be absolutely certain that we’ll have all the backups of our critical data that we ever need. Here are the steps we followed.
Exporting recovered data to Office 365
- Steps 1 through 4 mentioned above remained the same
- From the list of output options, we selected Export to Office 365 Mailbox
- The next screen prompted us to log into our Office 365 account and once that was done, the export was pretty smoothly completed.
Final Findings and Verdict
From our experience with the product, we can say that Stellar Phoenix Mailbox Exchange Recovery is one of the most convenient, sophisticated, and efficient Exchange recovery software ever built. In addition to performing impeccable Exchange data recovery, the software comes with the added advantages of an interactive UI, multiple output options, mailbox preview feature and directly exporting Exchange mailboxes to live server. Since chancing upon this product we haven’t had to deal with a panic situation whenever our Exchange servers have experienced glitches. And we’re sure, if you use it once, you’ll witness the same.
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