The improvements that were included in Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 database mainly focused on making database recovery better and easier. With the introduction of SP2, the Exchhange Server provided the capability of configuring the database size limit up to 75 GB, which was just 16 GB in its standard edition (however, was increasible to 18 GB). Also, Exchange Server 2003 accomodated improved anti-virus and anti-spam protection that added an extra level of protection for database integrity.
Despite of these substanital improvements, database corruption and data loss is still a reality. An EDB created with Exchange Server 2003 is prone to corruption for common reasons like Dirty Shutdown, Anti-virus scanning, hardware issues, and more. A corrupted Exchange Server 2003 database can give errors such as:
- "-1018: Unrecoverable Error Detected in Database"
- " -1028 :JET_errInvalidDatabase"
One can check Exchange 2003 database integrity with Eseutil /mh switch and damaged database header with Eseutil/k switch. For Exchange Server 2003 Recovery, one can either restore from the available backup or use switches like Eseutil /cc, Eseutil /r and/or Eseutil /p (provided you backup the database first).
If none of the suggested solution works, you need a reliable Exchange Server 2003 Recovery third-party utility. These are perfectly designed software that repair corrupted databases and restore all user mailboxes with unchanged data and format.
Mailbox Exchange Recovery is an advanced Exchange database repair utility with support for Exchange Server 2007, 2003, 2000, and 5.5. You should perform the following sequence of steps to repair an Exchange Server 2003 database:
Locate EDB File:
'Selecting' or 'Finding' the corrupt EDB database file.
Start Scanning :
Corrupt EDB database file selected, Select the 'Server Type' and Click 'Start' to initiate Scanning
After Scanning :
Preview of the Recoverable EDB database file contents after scanning