Exchange Server Database Utility Guide
If you are an Exchange Admin and you've never used ESEUTIL, that probably means one of two things:
- You are really good at your job, follow all the best practices and recommendations, keep your backups up to date, always test before installing a new patch, and so on, and so on, and that pays off by never having a single problem in your Exchange DBs.
- You are a lucky son of a gun!
In my case, although I like to consider myself good in what I do, unfortunately I had to use ESEUTIL for a couple of times.
When a database is corrupt or damaged, data can be restored from backup or repaired using Eseutil. Eseutil is a command line utility that works with Extensible Storage Engine (ESE), database (.edb) files, streaming (.stm) files, and log (.log) files associated with an Information Store, in a given Storage Group.
If you want to know more about this tool, read the Microsoft Exchange Server Database Utility Guide.