How to Resolve Exchange Jet Error 1216 in MS Exchange 2016, 2013, 2010, 2007, 2003 ?

Raj Kumar ~ Modified: December 21st, 2020 ~ Error, Exchange Server ~ 5 Minutes Reading

In this post, we have covered all about Exchange Jet error 1216 in Microsoft Exchange 2010. What all are reasons behind it and how it can be resolved in an efficient way.

Microsoft Exchange is one of the popularly used emailing platforms, but like any other application MS Exchange also encountered many errors. Most of the times errors are easily resolved through simple fixes. But, when it comes to the major errors like Jet Exchange Error 1216, it requires more attention and deeper knowledge to resolve it completely.

All these Jet Engine errors of Exchange 2016, 2013, 2010, 2007, 2003 are not easy to resolve and have the ability to corrupt or damaged the EDB or Exchange Database File. Therefore, to fix Exchange error 1216, a user first needs to understand the main cause of this error. 

Jet Exchange Error 1216 : jet_errattacheddatabasemismatch

One of the common errors that are associated with the Jet engine is Exchange error 1216. Whenever an administrator tries to mount database in Microsoft Exchange Server, then they may encounter an error message:

‘Error -1216 (JET_errAttachedDatabaseMismatch)’

This message determines that Exchange Database Recovery failed with Jet Engine error 1216. It mainly occurs when the header information assessment in database and log files indicates that some of the important data or files have been erased or removed. It is because sometimes running storage group stops suddenly in between, which leads inconsistencies in almost all files of the database.

Causes of Exchange Jet Error 1216 : jet_errattacheddatabasemismatch

There can be many possible reasons due to which error encountered and all of them are discussed below:

1. If running storage group stops suddenly in between due to which there may be some of the loss of data. So, if the storage group starts running again but with missing files. This will result in Exchange error 1216.
2. Another possible reason behind this error is any network related issue.
3. If there is any badly corrupted Exchange Database file or EDB file, then also it leads to Jet error 1216.
4. Someone has made changes to the important files, which are necessary to work with Exchange Server database 2016, 2013, 2010, 2007, 2003.

Solutions to Resolve Exchange Jet Error 1216

Considering the requirement of the users both manual and automatic solutions to resolve Exchange error 1216 are discussed. A user can choose between them based on their convenience.

Manual to Fix Jet Error 1216 Exchange 2010

To fix database file using ESUETIL command manually, one needs to follow the step-wise instruction given below:

Step 1: First of all, you need to find the files that have inconsistencies. For this, run the command given below:

ESEUTIL /mh | find /i "consistent"

A user can use this command in Microsoft Exchange Server versions 2003 and for above versions use:

ESEUTIL /mh | find /i "Shutdown"

As the above commands complete its execution to resolve Jet Exchange Error 1216 : jet_errattacheddatabasemismatch, you need to check the sample of the output. Make sure that all process logs are available to repair database successfully. However, if any of the logs is missing in then it is not possible to perform recovery. In that case, a user needs to follow the steps given below:

Step 2: Now, you need to transfer all files, which are missing (from the last Consistent logs) to some safe location and after that restore all other files simply by mounting them.
Step 3: After that, you have to restore the database from last created backup
Step 4: In last, repair the database.

To complete this task successfully, a user needs to execute the ESEUTIL /p command, ESEUTIL /d command. After running this, a user is advised to run the ISINTEG -fix command.

Professional Solution to Resolve Exchange Jet Error 1216 

It might be possible that the above-discussed manual may not work in every situation. Therefore, in order to have a guaranteed solution, a user is recommended to use this one-stop solution by SysTools i.e. EDB Reapir Tool to repair corrupted EDB file. It recovers all Exchange mailboxes and data items: emails, contacts, calendars, etc., without any file size limitation.

Download purchase

The dual scanning mode of this utility i.e. Quick and Advance scan mode recovers and repair EDB file from corruption with no data loss. Depending on the level of corrupted Exchange database file users can select the scan mode option. After recovery, users can easily export the recovered Exchange mailboxes directly to the Live Exchange Server, Office 365 and EML, MBOX, MSG, PST, PDF, HTML file formats.

The advance scan option also recovers hard deleted Exchange mailboxes and data items from loaded offline / dismounted .edb file. Now users can easily recover deleted mailbox after retention period and extract mailbox from EDB file Exchange 2016, 2013, 2010 & below versions in a hassle freeway.


Any type of error in Exchange Database file can create a trouble for the users. Among all, one such error is Exchange Jet Error 1216 : jet_errattacheddatabasemismatch. In order to resolve this in a single without any loss of data, a user is directly suggested to take help of professional  software to complete task in few clicks only. Therefore, if a user finds any issue in EDB file of Exchange Server, then can use this professional without any doubt.