Axcient DirectRestore (ADR) is granular data extraction software for offline SQL databases, Microsoft Exchange Server mailbox stores and Outlook files.
How do I use Axcient DirectRestore?
You can use DirectRestore to retrieve individual emails or entire mailboxes from Microsoft Exchange, as well as recover database items and tables from Microsoft SQL.
The DirectRestore utility provides direct access to unmounted database tables and mail store contents, displaying file structure and contents with selective export functionality.
With a search query tool, you can export specific queries rather than large tables or files.
For SQL databases, recovered items can be saved as SQL scripts or exported directly to a live SQL server.
For Microsoft Exchange servers, files can be saved as Personal Storage File (.pst) files, to be opened with Microsoft Outlook or other compatible email clients, or exported directly into live Exchange Server mailboxes. The utility makes no changes to the store, preserving it in original unmodified state.
Features of Axcient DirectRestore
Recovers entire tables, objects and object groups
Recovers data obtained by specific search queries
Recovers keys, scripts, functions, triggers and procedures
Recovers default settings, user types and views
Saves single or multiple points of data as SQL scripts or exports to live SQL database
Microsoft Exchange Server
Recovers mailboxes, folders, messages and file attachments
Recovers contents of Public Folder mailboxes
Recovers email addresses from Active Directory storage
Recovers notes, contacts, tasks and appointments Recovers creation dates for all objects
Saves selected items to PST files or exports to live Exchange Server mailbox(es)
Install and activate
To install DirectRestore,downloadand run the installation utility on the workstation or server you prefer to perform Exchange or SQL recovery from.
1. Accept the License Agreement and click Install.
Note: If needed, an Advanced mode is available during installation, which allows you to change the installation directory and disables creation of a shortcut.
2. SelectLaunch Axcient DirectRestore when setup exits, and clickFinish.
3. To activate licensing for DirectRestore, enter the partner user name and password you use to access x360Recover Manager (formerly RMC) and clickActivate.
In case you have a problem with incorrect credentials, please use the Forgot your password? link.
If you don't have an RMC account, you will need to use the license key for activation. (Please contact the Support team if you need help getting the license key). Once you have the license key, click the Don't have an account? link, enter the license key, and provide the names of the registered user and company.
Click Activate to finish the activation.
Use Axcient DirectRestore
The Axcient DirectRestore User Guide can be foundhere.
x360Recover is easy and convenient to use with Axcient DirectRestore for granular recovery of Exchange and SQL systems. Using x360Recover, you can easily mount a backup snapshot of your Exchange or SQL server databases to the recovery workstation by using iSCSI.
1. From the x360Recover appliance, locate the protected system and snapshot that you would like to recover from and selectiSCSI Startfrom theProtected Systems Detailspage.
2. FromControl Panel -> Administrative Toolsuse Microsoft iSCSI Initiator to attach the exported disk volumes to your recovery workstation.
Enter the IP address of the Target appliance and click Quick Connect to continue.
A popup window appears, showing available disk volumes provided by the iSCSI target.
Locate the IQN Identifiers for the disk volumes you wish to access.
Connect to the disks by selecting the desired IQN and clicking Connect.
IMPORTANT: After finishing with Exchange recovery, remember to return to iSCSI Initiator and disconnect your iSCSI volumes from the appliance:
3. FromControl Panel -> Administrative tools, openComputer Managementand selectStorage -> Disk Managementto verify that the export disk volumes are attached and online.
If the attached disks are offline, right click and selectOnline.
4. Once the disks are mounted, open DirectRestore and browse to the Exchange or SQL data file that you wish to recover items from.
You can perform Exchange recovery from either a domain-joined workstation, or directly on the Exchange server.
When you recover directly to the live Exchange environment, you must be logged in to a domain account with permissions to perform user impersonation within Exchange. See Restore from the Granular Exchange Recovery into a Live Exchange Server for details on configuring user permissions.
While it is certainly possible to download the Exchange files using File Browser or FTPS, Exchange Mailbox database files typically are extremely large, and it is not generally practical to perform recovery in this fashion