Re: Backup on EXCHANGE without TAPE Drive

  • From: Lomker Michael <mlomker@xxxxxxx>
  • To: "[ExchangeList]" <exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 27 May 2002 17:21:39 -0500

I have a simple question. It's possible to made a backup for exchange without having a tape drive on server which is running Exchange?

You have essentially two options:

1) Stop Exchange using a batch file and use standard backup software to do your server backups at night. Some of my smaller customers can tolerate having the server down during the backup window so this works just fine.

2) Buy the Exchange agent for Arcserve or Backup Exec and back up your servers to a remote box. Be warned the the down-time to execute a restore can be ridiculous. If you have a 10 gig store then you you are looking at 4 hours to do a restore/backup....way too much time if your company is dependent on their e-mail.

As always, it is a trade-off between cost and how much down-time that you can tolerate. I always put tape drives AND backup agents on the Exchange server itself. Many companies become very dependent on their e-mail and you'll be in quite a pickle if you take an entire day to do a disaster recovery.

Ask me how I know? It took me about 34 hours in 2 days to perform a recent disaster recovery and clean up the problems resulting from it....and I HAVE the tape drive on the server. I consider the whole issue of tape backup a CYA thing....recommend it strongly if you value your job.

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