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Topic # 190951 18-Jan-2016 08:32
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The legal department of our company has asked us to restore a particular users email from backup from 2 years ago. We were able to find a couple of NSF files from the requested time period, but no ID files and we have since migrated from Notes to Exchange. So is there a way to recover the email from NSF file without the ID file and without the Domino server? We think the files were generated with Lotus Notes version 7.

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  Reply # 1473561 18-Jan-2016 10:21
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Soooo ...


  • Your employer (I really hope that's not "you") migrated a business-critical application to a new platform and didn't migrate all (any?) of your old-platform archived data?
  • And your employer didn't retain even one VM server image with the old software and half-a-dozen user CALs just in case?
  • And y'all didn't keep a complete Notes system-and-data backup image on media marked "keep until 2020" as a belt, braces and piece of string last resort backup?
  That stuff you're swimming in mate: it's brown and very, very smelly, right?  


I do hope IRD don't come calling and say they need seven year's worth of documentary justification of some set of transactions.  


Dear oh dear oh dear frown


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  Reply # 1473813 18-Jan-2016 14:00
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There are many 3rd party NSF file viewers and if required outlook converters available.


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  Reply # 1480352 28-Jan-2016 05:44
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So you didn't back up the ID-file of every user or the server?? Oh dear me...


NSF databases are in a special format, and the easiest way to read them is with Lotus Notes, so you won't see anything readable when you try with Notepad or so. If the database is not encrypted, you might be able to read it with Notes client, provided that the user left the door open (the ACL in this case).
Another easy way to check the file using the demo version of the program Notes Recovery Toolbox. There is a possibility that the file be able to recover it.
By the way, was the migration successful, and did it save you money (talking TCO)? No need to answer that...

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  Reply # 1480353 28-Jan-2016 05:46
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