Exchange Server 2003 backup with normal Windows backup

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Exchange 2003 Backup
Exchange Backup
Microsoft Exchange 2003
Windows Backup
I am taking the exchange server backup from normal windows backup utility by selecting files option and clicking on exchange server/MS infromation store then the first storage group and its mailbox store and public folder is selected by default. I configured the schedule for daily backup, now I observe that the size of the backup is same on everyday even though the users are sending and recieving their emails daily. Then how come the size of the backup remains same everyday? If I am doing a mistake please help me or clear my doubt if it is normal. Also with the above selection can I restore selected mailbox if the user loses his emails? Thank you for your support. Baseer.

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Not sure why your backup size would be the same everyday. I use native windows backup and have scheduled jobs everyday and my backup sizes are different daily. Are you running maintenance on your Exchange databases daily? You can check this by right clicking on the Mailbox store, select properties and then click on the database tab.
Regarding your other question about restoring, yes it is possible using the mailbox recovery center. I’ve included a link to a tutorial:

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  • Elvishkp
    I can think of 1 scenario that would lead to these symptoms but be fairly "normal" and not an indicator of a problem. The Exchange e-mail "store" is a database type file system. So, as its need for space grows, it can dynamically increase in size. However if you delete signficant amountts from the database, unless you run eseutil/defrags to reclaim the white space the database size will stay the same, it will just have lots of white space in the file. Your users will just be working in this white space and as long as the datastore doesn't need more space the file size and or the size of your native windows backup wouldn't change. Having been burned a few times on thinking I had good backups and then not being able to restore my info when I needed it however, I would not be overly confident, and would attempt a restore to another server, just to make sure the data is really there, and getting updated.
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  • BaseerM
    Thank you Elvis, can you please let me know how to restore backup to a new server? How can I install a second server in the same domain and if you are telling me to install in different domain that means like a new server in new domain then it needs active directory and DNS for this also since exchange 2003 will not work without AD & DNS, am I right? Please correct me or show me if any techno trick to avoid these things. Baseer
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