Before you run to restore that deleted Public Folder from tape don’t forget ExFolders.
I recently had a situation where someone had inadvertently deleted a Public Folder. I had previously downloaded ExFolders for another problem and remembered I had this on the server. I quickly connected to the Public Folders, showed all deleted folders, and recovered in a snap. The user had the folder immediately.
One pitfall, make sure you have the correct version of ExFolders for your Exchange environment. This includes service pack level. So if you recently updated your Exchange environment your version of ExFolders might now be outdated.
The link to the latest version at the time of this post is below.
- Open ExFolders (make sure that you are opening it from the Exchange Bin folder)
- Select File and then Connect
- Pick Public Folders or Mailboxes
- Under Global Catalog click Select and pick an appropriate Global Catalog server.
- Under Databases click Select and pick the desired database you are trying to recover from.
- Click Ok.
- Expand to where you need to recover.
- On the parent folder, right-click and select Show Deleted Subfolders.
- Deleted folders will show up in RED. Select the folder you wish to recover, right-click and select Recover Folder.
- If you hit F5 to refresh (or View >> Refresh) the folder should turn from RED to BLACK.
- Your folder is now recovered.
If you get an error stating that Recovery Failed or Partially Failed you will need to recover from backups.