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How to Initiate a Point-in-Time Restore

How do I restore data from a specific date and time? (e.g. Point-in-Time restore)

Point-in-time restores are currently available for Exchange full mailbox restore and OneDrive for Business full account restore. For both, the point-in-time restore is a ‘soft restore’ which is similar to the existing restore functionality whereby missing items are added back if they existed as of the selected date and time for the restore.

Exchange Full Mailbox Point-in-Time Restore

If you select Restore Full Mailbox for an individual, shared, or resource/room mailbox or a Public Folder, you will have the option to perform a point-in-time restore.

You can select any date and time between the first and most recent successful backups. This restore range is shown under the date and time fields.

OneDrive for Business Full Account Point-in-Time Restore

If you select Restore Full Account, you will have the option to perform a point-in-time restore.

You can select any date and time between the first and most recent successful backups. This restore range is shown under the date and time fields.

Other Point-in-Time Restore Options

Other point-in-time restore options are currently being developed. These include:

  • ‘Hard restore’ in which existing items are replaced if there is a difference in the revision as of the selected date and time.
  • ‘Complete restore’ is a more destructive restore in which the intent is to make the mailbox or account look exactly as it did on the specified date and time. Items that did not exist after the selected date and time would be removed and missing items would be restored to the state they were in.