Exchange 2003 Intermittent Backup Trouble NTBackup

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First off, thanks heaps. I've been seeing an intermittent failure of my Exchange 2k3 box to successfully complete its full backup job with the following Event error: The backup has stopped with error -521 and, in the backup log, "First Storage Group is not a valid drive or you do not have access". I'm only backing up Exchange data using NT Backup, no virus app is currently installed (only while t/s)and I'm logging in as the domain admin for this one. The backup job seems to fail anytime from 10 minutes after start to 2+ hours into it with no apparent rhyme or reason.... Any help or tips would be most appreciated. Its growing very old babysitting what once was a perfectly performing scheduled job.....sigh. Thanks heaps, y

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Hello,

There are a few quirks with using NT Backup with Exchange server 2003 but it can be done. Here is a link to a pretty straight forward, step by step of setting up a backup job using NT Backup.

http://www.petri.co.il/backup_exchange_2000_2003_with_ntbackup.htm

If you do a search for Nt Backup and Exchange 2003 you’ll find a ton info on this topic.

Good Luck!

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  • Maclanachu
    I have EX23 and Ntbackup. HAd problems initially. U may want to do an offline integrity check and defrag. Tidy up the DB. But see if u can do it on a test server first so u don't corrupt the DB! Next make sure u separate the EXDB backup from the windows system state. I still have some issues with the system state not backing up and have to run that manually in the mornings sometimes. I also backup the BKF to disk first which is later pulled to tape as part of the nightly tape backups. rgds
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