In the first post in this series on Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 I discussed the basics of the product. I demonstrated installation and configuration as well as how to perform the first full backup of all mailboxes. In this post I will discuss and demonstrate recovery processes.
The first backup of the mailboxes will create a “full” backup of all the data, subsequent backups will capture the net changes to the mailboxes. Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 can then show you the “point-in-time” state of the mailboxes by “merging” the full backup with the subsequent backups. This gives you the correct point-in-time view.
To look at the backup contents you select the Organization in the Veeam console then click on Explore.
Exploring the “latest state” always shows you the most recent backup. Exploring “point-in-time state” lets you select form any of the point-in-time backups that are available within Veeam. Latest state will take you immediately to a screen similar to this:
Point-in-time state gives you more options:
Use latest available state is same as latest state in the previous selections. Use the following point in time allows you to select a specific point in time backup. The eDicsovery settings at bottom of the screen allow you to further refine data to be displayed.
For purposes of this demonstration I’m going to work with the latest state which is the result of a backup that was taken just a few minutes before I started writing this post. My Inbox looks like this:
I’m going to delete the four items displayed then recover them from Veeam.
In the Veeam console I explore the latest state, I open my Inbox and see the following:
The four items I want to recover are highlighted inside the red box. To recover them I CTRL-LEFT click to select the items then click on Restore Items to perform the restore:
Click on Restore Items gives some choices:
I can either restore to the original location or I can select another location, I’m going to restore to my Inbox so I select “Restore to email@example.com”. The system prompts for credentials and then performs the restore.
The Items have been restored:
Veeam allows me to perform other recovery options with the selected data. I can recover the items to a PST file (Export Items). I can save individual items as mail messages (Save Items). Or I can send the items off as email messages (Send Items). Of course I can save the whole mailbox to a PST file, as well.
Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 makes it very easy to backup and recover O365 email data. It’s a good bet that Microsoft would never “lose” your data. But you can be assured that users will mess up on occasion. And if that happens,. you’ll be very happy that you have the ability to recover their precious data!