RE: Backing up exchange 101 - was RE: [exchangelist][Scanned]

  • From: "Simon Bound" <simon.bound@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "[ExchangeList]" <exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2003 09:28:03 -0000

Jamie - an additional question.
 
With either NTBackup or BE with Exchange Agent, can I still restore an 
individual mailbox if only do the standard Exchange option and don't bother 
withe the Brick Level ?
 
Simon

-----Original Message-----
From: Jamie A. Byrnes [mailto:jabyrnes@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Thursday, December 18, 2003 11:27 PM
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Subject: [exchangelist] Backing up exchange 101 - was RE: 
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To save further speculation let me clarify how to backup exchange.
 
First remember that exchange is a database. You can get a full backup of your 
server by taking exchange offline (stop the services) and running a file level 
backup. Fortunately NTBackup is exchange aware (provided you have the correct 
version for your version of exchange) and will backup the database correctly 
while still online.
 
Then you have your third-party backup solutions like BackupExec. By itself BE 
is not "exchange aware" and the exchange services would need to be stopped to 
get a full backup. Note that the open file option will NOT work on databases. 
Instead an "exchange agent" is needed, and this will allow full online backups 
as well.
 
Also possible with an exchange agent is the "brick-level" backup, or 
mailbox-by-mailbox. I guess this could be handy if you have a large database 
and only need to restore one mailbox, however most people prefer to extend the 
deleted mailbox retension time in exchange than restore mailboxes. A good 
policy helps here, ie. keep mailboxes for one month, then dump to .pst and 
delete FOREVER.
 
And as everyone will tell you, don't touch the M:. Don't move files, don't 
virusscan, and don't backup. Ever.
 
 
Jamie.
 

-----Original Message-----
From: Venu V [mailto:vvenu@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: Thursday, 18 December 2003 7:14 PM
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Subject: [exchangelist] RE: [exchangelist]


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ok that also im taking through veritas back exec 9.0..but funny thing is i 
never tried to restore it..will u tell the procedure to build mail boxes 
through veritas if exchange server is completed collapesed.
 

Thanks and Regards, 
V.Venu 
Transdyne IT Services Pvt Ltd., 
23355666 x 333 
vvenu@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 


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Of course this is the way to backup the whole store. And this is not the 

best backup strategy. I use Veritas Backupexec for these needs.

-----Original Message-----
From: Simon Bound [mailto:simon.bound@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Thursday, December 18, 2003 12:10 PM
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I'm interested to know whether you have tested a restore of either mailboxes or 
complete Exchange Post Office from just backing up c:\program files ....mdbdata 
folder(S) ? It begs the question of why backup vendors sell backup agents for 
Exchange servers...............
 
Simon

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