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    Hi

    What is the best practise to backup Exchange 2003 with BackupExec 12/12.5?

    My configuration now is:

    FULL on freday. Takes backup of the Microsoft Information Store.
    DIFF on Mon-thur.

    Do I have enough backup to restore Exchange?
    h

  • #2
    Re: Best practise to backup Exchange 2003

    Originally posted by tvang View Post
    Do I have enough backup to restore Exchange?
    When you test restoring from your backups, what do you see?

    How are you backing up Exchange - are you just backing up the relevant directories as files (bad) or are you using the Symantec Agent for Exchange to backup the database (good)?

    If I steal one of your tapes, how does that affect you if you have to recover?

    Also, why is this in the Windows forum? Thread flagged. Please read the rules.
    Last edited by gforceindustries; 12th December 2008, 11:54.
    Gareth Howells

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    • #3
      Re: Best practise to backup Exchange 2003

      Im using Symantec Agent for Exchange.

      The data in placed in a secure server hall with 50 camera, and steel door. No one can steal it. And two copy in different place in the country.

      Backup history is 30 days.

      But all I need is backup of the Microsoft Information Store??

      And...

      Sorry for the wrong placed thread..... I tried to delete it, and re-create it.

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      • #4
        Re: Best practise to backup Exchange 2003

        Originally posted by tvang View Post
        No one can steal it. And two copy in different place in the country
        You're missing the point. Ok then, what if I don't steal it. What if the backup fails, or gets corrupted. What then.

        As I said - when you test the backups you've taken, what do you see. Were you able to recover from it.
        Gareth Howells

        BSc (Hons), MBCS, MCP, MCDST, ICCE

        Any advice is given in good faith and without warranty.

        Please give reputation points if somebody has helped you.

        "For by now I could have stretched out my hand and struck you and your people with a plague that would have wiped you off the Earth." (Exodus 9:15) - I could kill you with my thumb.

        "Everything that lives and moves will be food for you." (Genesis 9:3) - For every animal you don't eat, I'm going to eat three.

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        • #5
          Re: Best practise to backup Exchange 2003

          If FULL is corrupt or failed, the backup I can use will be one week old.
          We check the jobs every day. If a FULL or DIFF is failed, we restart the job.

          When I restore I see the contents in The information store, mailbox, e-mail elements
          Last edited by tvang; 12th December 2008, 12:37.

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          • #6
            Re: Best practise to backup Exchange 2003

            Does what you see make you confident that you could recover your Exchange system after a failure?

            If so, then you've answered your own question.
            Gareth Howells

            BSc (Hons), MBCS, MCP, MCDST, ICCE

            Any advice is given in good faith and without warranty.

            Please give reputation points if somebody has helped you.

            "For by now I could have stretched out my hand and struck you and your people with a plague that would have wiped you off the Earth." (Exodus 9:15) - I could kill you with my thumb.

            "Everything that lives and moves will be food for you." (Genesis 9:3) - For every animal you don't eat, I'm going to eat three.

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            • #7
              Re: Best practise to backup Exchange 2003

              I don't bother with Diffs, waste of time.
              Full Information Store only every night. I don't want to have to restore multiple bits of data if I need to restore five days after the last full backup.

              You only need the information store. If you are selecting Mailboxes and Public Folders then you are basically backing up everything twice.

              Simon.
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              • #8
                Re: Best practise to backup Exchange 2003

                Ok, So backup of the information store with Symantec Agent will be enough if I need to restore whole Exchange or a users mailbox?
                Last edited by tvang; 12th December 2008, 12:47.

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                • #9
                  Re: Best practise to backup Exchange 2003

                  Originally posted by tvang View Post
                  Ok, So backup of the information store with Symantec Agent will be enough if I need to restore whole Exchange or a users mailbox?
                  Yes. It will provide a full backup of the store. TO recover a user's mailbox then you would have to go through the RSG method, but the data will be there.

                  Simon.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Best practise to backup Exchange 2003

                    Thanks for answer

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