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    Hi,
    I want to make a complete backup of my server in order to be able to do a systam recovery if needed. And I want to do it right.
    But:
    When I select the option in the ntbackup wizard: backup the entire computer, I realized that ntbackup backs up may harddisks c:, d:, and the System state.
    But it does not use the built in online exchange backup command "JET <servername>\Microsoft Information Store\First Storage Group\".
    I would expect that this cannot work, but it does. When restoring the complete server, exchange does function. So my question is:
    - Is this just by chance?
    - If it works like this, why do I need the JET command at all?
    - If it does not work always, why does ntbackup call it "Back up entire computer"
    - Do I need the JET command for a complete system backup if I want to be sure that all data inclusive Exchange can be restored?
    Regards
    Last edited by petardo; 9th October 2008, 20:12.

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    Re: Backup the entire computer

    I would recommend you download this guide from microsoft and have a read.It will detail what you can include and leave out of your backups as well as explaining how exchange backups work.

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...displaylang=en

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    • #3
      Re: Backup the entire computer

      Can I suggest you look at using Backupassist from www.backupassist.com which is a very clever front end to ntbackup and will guide you through all the optins including a brick level NT backup.

      hope this helps.

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      • #4
        Re: Backup the entire computer

        A complete backup of every item on the server is a complete waste of time.
        Unless you IMAGE the server, then backing up the file structure will not give you the server back to an operational status.

        You don't need the bulk of \Windows
        You don't need the bulk of \Program Files

        To restore an Exchange server all you need is System State and a backup of the database using an Exchange aware backup application. You cannot backup the Exchange databases using a flat file type backup. Exchange is a database and needs to be backed up as such.

        If the server is not a domain controller then you may not even need the System State, as you would do a DR install of Exchange and then restore to that.

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        • #5
          Re: Backup the entire computer

          Originally posted by Octagon View Post
          I would recommend you download this guide from microsoft and have a read.It will detail what you can include and leave out of your backups as well as explaining how exchange backups work.

          http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...displaylang=en
          Thanks! This is really a useful guide.
          This guide confirmed my ideas to exclude mdbdata from the backup.
          I perform the Exchange backup separately, with the Exchange Backup Command (JET...).

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          • #6
            Re: Backup the entire computer

            Originally posted by Sembee View Post
            Unless you IMAGE the server
            This is exactly what I intend to do. (My be Northon Ghost would be more preferable?)

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            • #7
              Re: Backup the entire computer

              Originally posted by tongers View Post
              Can I suggest you look at using Backupassist from www.backupassist.com which is a very clever front end to ntbackup and will guide you through all the options including a brick level NT backup.

              hope this helps.
              Thanks for the suggestion

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