RE: Veritas Backup with Exchange Agent

  • From: "David Wilhoit" <kidego@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "[ExchangeList]" <exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 9 Aug 2004 13:39:46 -0400

I won't question whether or not Veritas told you that Chris, or even question 
whether or not it will work, cause it may. I will tell you however, that MS 
won't support the open file backup of a mounted Exchange store, so I wouldn't 
make a habit of this type of backup. The Exchange-agent is still the method of 
David Wilhoit
Microsoft Exchange MVP 2004
kidego@xxxxxxxxxx <mailto:kidego@xxxxxxxxxx> 

"Gravity is a harsh mistress!" -The Tick


From: Cox, Christopher [Allen & Heath UK] [mailto:Chris.Cox@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Mon 8/9/2004 11:24 AM
To: [ExchangeList]
Subject: [exchangelist] RE: Veritas Backup with Exchange Agent


We had a guru come in and install our system, so he gave me some good

Veritas handles the open files itself by making an initial copy of the
databases and log files at the beginning of the backup. Then at the end,
it makes a differential copy, so that it contains the additional logs
made during the backup, the end result being that the database can be
brought to the state at the end of the backup.

You only have to select the Exchange stores ,i.e. the databases, for
backup when you back up Exchange. Obviously, also backup the hard drives
and system state if you want a full system backup, but exclude the
exchange directories, i.e. log file location and database location. This
is not needed as it has backed up the store and logs separately using
the Exchaneg agent.

You can restore the databases to a live system at the point where the
backup ran. Also, if you do the brick level backup of the individual
mailboxes, you can restore individual mailboxes, although this backup
takes a long time and eats your tapes (as it backs up multiple copies of
emails sent to more than one individual).

Hope this helps.

Chris Cox   BEng, DiplEng
Information Technology Manager
Allen & Heath Limited,Kernick Industrial Estate,
Penryn, Cornwall. UK TR10 9LU
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-----Original Message-----
From: Knutsen, Vicki [mailto:vickik@xxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: 09 August 2004 15:31
To: [ExchangeList]
Subject: Veritas Backup with Exchange Agent

I hope this does not sound like a dumb question but I have been looking
at the Exchange website and am not able to find the answer I am looking
for so I hope you will all know.

I backup our Exchange 2000 server with Veritas - we do have the Exchange
Agent but what option is the best to use for open files - I understand
that the Exchange logs are always changing so the files are open - but
do you put a lock on them? I don't think I want it to skip the open
files -

If you can help- I would sure appreciate the answer here!
Thanks in advance - I am learning all the time.

Vicki Knutsen
Information Systems Administrator
Northwest District LCMS -
1-888-693-5267 ext 129

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