Recover deleted public folders Exchange 2010 with ExFolders

After someone (accidentally) deleted a exchange public folder in a exchange 2010 organization, you can easy recover the deleted folder using ExFolders. ExFolders is the exchange 2010 replacement of the PFDAVAdmin tool. ExFolders must be run on a exchange 2010 server and it can connect to Exchange 2007 or 2010.
Download the Exchange 2010 RTM ExFolders tool here and the Exchange 2010 SP1 version here.

To recover a exchange 2007 or 2010 public folder start the ExFolders tool. Choose file – Connect and select a Global Catalog and the public folder database where the deleted public folder was on.

Right click public folders and choose “Show deleted subfolders”

After that you will see the deleted public folders in red.

Select the concerning folder, right click and choose “Recover folder”. Recovery starts now just wait depends on the size of the public folder it can take a while.

Posted in Blog, Exchange 2007, Exchange 2010 by ronnypot at August 20th, 2010.
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29 Responses to “Recover deleted public folders Exchange 2010 with ExFolders”

  1. ronnypot says:

    There was a issue with Exfolders and Exchange 2010 SP1 because some used dll files were update. Updated the blog with a download link to the SP1 version of Exfolders. Note the Exfolders RTM version won’t work with exchange 2010 SP1 and the Exfolder SP1 version won’t work with exchange 2010 RTM.

  2. Igor says:

    I’ve tried this, but I get an error saying “Restore partially succeeded” and the public folder is not restored. Do you know why could this be?


  3. Dave says:

    This sounds great for an entire folder, what if I just need to recover an item (distribution list) from a public folder? It is within the PF deleted timeframe.

  4. Lynny Moore says:

    How do I work around the following error when trying to Connect:

    “An error occurred while trying to establish a connection to the Exchange server.

    Exception: The Active Directory user wasn’t found.”

    I am running ExFolders.exe from the C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V14\Bin directory as Administrator.

  5. Your mode of explaining everything in this post is in fact pleasant, all be capable
    of without difficulty know it, Thanks a lot.

  6. Ian Darke says:

    Thanks for the article. I just used this approach to recover an accidentally deleted public folder. One minor hiccup is that when I restored the public folder, it appeared that the email addresses associated with the public were corrupted. When I went to the email address tab, it gave an error about it not being email enabled (when indeed it was). My solution was to mail disable and then mail enable the public folder and reestablish the associated email address.

    Everything else (including rules that were in the PF) appear to have been restored properly.

    • ronnypot says:

      thanks for the additional information, never had to do this for a mail enabled public folder.

  7. otto-hans says:

    perfect. thx a lot.

  8. Ymoalem says:

    Just used it and it worked perfectly!

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  10. Joshua says:

    This has worked great in the past for me. However, I’m having trouble restoring a public folder as I’m getting an “partial restored successfully” error.

    I’m using Exchange 2010 SP2. I’m assuming the problem is SP2 related, anyone fine a workaround for this yet?

    • ronnypot says:

      I never needed this with an Exchange 2010 Sp2 server but what is exactly the problem, does the program not start or is there a problem starting the program? Any specific error

  11. Nice job, this just helped a customer of ours.

    Thank you!

  12. Tech_bug says:

    Hello Joshua , I also getting the same error “partial restored successfully” it seems its a bug in Sp2,

    @ all, can some one confirm this ? or for time being any alternate way do we have to recover the PF…

    thanks in advance

  13. Kamal says:

    Excellent solution, it really worked for me. 🙂

  14. iznogoud says:

    Thx a lot :p work like a charm ^^ completely recover a public folder in exchange 2010

  15. Flesz says:

    Thanks, worked great

  16. Andymackk says:

    Worked a treat for me – thanks

  17. RickMan says:

    I have Exchange 2010 SP1 Ru6 and I downloaded the EXFolder version for 2010 SP1, however I get the “Recovery partially succeeded”. Does anyone have any suggestions?

  18. Mike says:

    Brilliant !
    Thanks Ronny, got my client out of a real pile of poo.

    What do you suggest for replication / backup for Exchange 2010 on the SBS 2011 platform ?

    Mike T

    • ronnypot says:

      For most our customers we use arcserve backup to a tape drive or ahsay online backup to an offline hosted server.

  19. Chad says:


  20. Eric Simson says:

    I had tried ExFolders but around 40% of the deleted folders were still missing. So, upon some Googling I got to know about Stellar’s Exchange recovery tool, which also recovers accidentally deleted folders from all Exchange server versions. I was able to restore all deleted folders with this tool.

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