Microsoft Exchange Server is the backbone of the mammoth share of business organizations round the globe. Though crafted on the grounds of great features and flexibility, Exchange Servers are prone to corruption. The heart and soul of the MS Exchange Server is the Information Store that stores all the user emails, contacts, calendars, journals, notes and other Outlook items into Priv1.edb and Pub1.edb files.
Myriad factors corrupt the Exchange Server database file (.edb). The conventional ones are abnormal shutdown, power failure, abrupt Outlook termination, hardware failure and virus attack. Whenever the EDB file becomes corrupt users encounter unexpected error messages that prevent the mounting of Exchange Server database and renders user mailboxes inaccessible.
A common error message that appears in application log is :
Event Type: Error
Event Source: MSExchangeIS
Event Category: General
Event ID: 9518
Time: 7:45:29 AM
An effective resolve to troubleshoot the Event ID 9518 is the use of ESEUTIL utiltity. This is a free in-built utility provided by Microsoft that defragments the corrupt database file to repair it. If Eseutil.exe fails to repair the EDB file, then the data can be recovered using an updated backup.
However, there are certain situations when a backup is not available. This is the time when MS Exchange users need a third-party utility to repair the corrupt EDB file and recover important data. A number of efficient tools are available in the market today.
Most of these software show compatibility with Windows 2000, 2003, XP, Vista and Windows 7. These Exchange server recovery tools effectively recover emails, attachments, contacts, calendar items and appointments etc. Many versions of MS Exchange Server are supported such as 5.5, 2000, 2003, 2007 and 2010. Some software offer a free demo which can be downloaded from their website.
About the guest post author: Cauvery Varma is the technology expert in resolving the issues of MS Exchange Server and has a passion for writing useful articles on Exchange recovery solution.