When opening Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Exchange for the first time, you need to perform the initial configuration settings. To provide the settings, open the main menu, click Options and provide the following:
- Specify the location of the ese.dll file, which is used by Microsoft Exchange to create a database file.
- Configure email settings.
On the Extensible Storage Engine tab you can also use the Show PST size estimation in status bar option, which allows you to see the estimated size of the Outlook data file. For more details, see the Browsing, Searching and Viewing Items section. You can clear this option in order to speed up building the list of mail items.
To work with database files, Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Exchange requires a special dynamic link library — ese.dll, supplied with Microsoft Exchange. The ese.dll file should be of the same version as Microsoft Exchange, which was used when creating database files. Currently Veeam Explorer for Exchange supports Microsoft Exchange 2016, Microsoft Exchange 2013 and Microsoft Exchange 2010 SP1, SP2 and SP3.
To specify the path to the ese.dll file manually, do the following:
- Go to Options > Extensible Storage Engine tab.
- Click the link next to the Microsoft Exchange version and specify the path to the ese.dll file. The file can be found on a Microsoft Exchange Server distribution CD at X:\Setup\ServerRoles\Common\ese.dll, or in the installation directory of Microsoft Exchange Server.
- for Exchange 2010 default path is %ProgramFiles%\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V14\Bin
- for Exchange 2013 or Exchange 2016 default path is %ProgramFiles%\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V15\Bin
When you run the Exchange Items Restore wizard on a VM backed up using VSS, the ese.dll file is located automatically. For more information, see Using the Restore Exchange Items Wizard.
To send items recovered from an Exchange database as email attachments, you need to configure SMTP server settings according to the following:
- Go to Options > SMTP Settings tab.
- Select the Configure SMTP settings check box.
- In the SMTP Server field, specify the DNS name or IP address of the mail server to be used for sending emails. If necessary, you can change the port number. By default, port number 25 is used.
- In the From field, specify email address from which emails with attached items will be sent (usually, the sender is the administrator responsible for Microsoft Exchange item recovery). This address will be used as default; you can specify a different email address every time you use emailing as the restore method. See the Sending Items section.
- If necessary, select the Use authentication check box and provide credentials for the account that will be used to send emails with the attached items.
- Select the Enable SSL security check box to use SSL encryption during data transfer.
- In the E-mail field, supply mail recipient's address, then click Send to send a test message.
If you have different servers in your SharePoint deployment - that is, an SQL Server hosting the content database, and a web server hosting SharePoint application, make sure that a backup for each of these virtualized servers is created with application-aware processing enabled.