Exchange Backup

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Ok.... I have 1 exchange server on a W2k3 member server box. approx. 90 mailboxes. 2 W2k3 DC's I have been reading about disaster recovery. What in your opinion is the best method? I have a 20G tape drive. I have Veritas BackUp Exec 10 but is it better than NTBACKUP? I will do nothing but full (normal) backups. If I use NTBACKUP, how do you make sure you get steady backups when you have to split the backup jobs for databases and systems state? Thanks for your help in advance.
ASKED: August 5, 2005  12:26 PM
UPDATED: February 3, 2009  4:05 PM

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Do you have the backup agents for exchange for your Veritas Backup (thats an extra license). You will need it to backup up the Exchange with Veritas, other wise use the NTbackup on the exhange server to backup to the local server (ntbackup is realy not desinged to backup accross a network, so Microsoft Says).

I backup my exchange server (using NTbackup) to the local server, and then backup that backup data to my tape library using veritas netbackup server. You could also use Ntbackup to do a System State and Exchage backup to the local machine and then backup that up with your Veritas to tape. Best method would probably be to have a Exchange Agent for your Veritas.

I found that if you do a full backup up with an Exchange server with backup software that does not have an agent for the exchange, it does not backup the exchange data and there is nothing for you to restore. Found that out the hardway a little while back. Just a tip, make sure that your Antivirus software is not scanning the exchange data, can corrupt it,(use Symantec Mail Security for Exchange). That is how I found out that my Veritas backups of the Exchange Server did not backup the exchange data.

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  • NavigateStorage
    The best way to protect your Exchange Store, SQL data base or even NTFS Windows files is to Continuously protect them using a CDP software product. CDP or Continuous Data Protection does a real time replication with time stamping to another server via a GbE connection. Google "timespring" and check out their offerings.
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  • Lanman01
    No doubt the timestamp replica is a good solution of the mail store, but if I understand your question,you are talking about the OS recovery as well. Since you are running veritas, in addition to the exchange agent (an absolute, as mentioned in another reply), you may want to look at the Intelligent Disaster Recovery (IDR) option from veritas. It'll allow you to either create a bootable tape (drive and/or hba need to support this) or an ISO file (bootable CD), or lastly a custom set of DR floppies. This enables a "bare metal" restore without the need to install the os/backup software, then restore. Hope this helps.
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  • MikeKoz
    Has anyone tried the CDP product Infiniview" from Mendocino?
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