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  • Backing up using NT back up for exchange 2K3-Help!

    I work for a company that has zero IT staff or resources.

    What is the best back up shedule for exchange?

    Would it be incrementals Monday through Thursday with a Normal (full) on Friday night? We will be using NT Backup.

    What would you guys suggest?

    Thanks

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    Re: Backing up using NT back up for exchange 2K3-Help!

    If you have the time window to get it done I'd do a full backup every night. I'd also push to invest in some decent backup software like BackupExec, as NTBackup is flaky, unintuitive and lacking in a lot of features.
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    • #3
      Re: Backing up using NT back up for exchange 2K3-Help!

      The backup method and schedule depends on your needs and time frame in a case of a failure, your time frame at which the backup can happen and the space where you can put the backup files.

      NT backup works and is always better then no backup, guessing that your organization is a little one since there is zero IT staff the time window for backup shouln't be the problem, I think it's more a question where to put the backup files.
      You have to answer the following questions:
      1. How much time do we have to make the backup?
      2. How much data do we have to backup?
      3. How much storage do we have to put the backup files on?
      4. How much time do we have in a case of failure to restore Exchange?
      5. How long do we want to keep the backups?

      Make sure you have someone ready to assist you in a case of a failure, it isn't realy difficult to restore Exchange data for someone familiar with Exchange, but someone who never did it bevor might destroy what is left.

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        Re: Backing up using NT back up for exchange 2K3-Help!

        I only do full backups of Exchange. Can't be bothered with incrementals.
        I want to be able to restore Exchange from one set of data only.

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        • #5
          Re: Backing up using NT back up for exchange 2K3-Help!

          Originally posted by Sembee View Post
          I only do full backups of Exchange. Can't be bothered with incrementals.
          I want to be able to restore Exchange from one set of data only.

          Simon.
          Take this advice. It simply makes the restore process simpler rather than having to use possibly multiple tapes as well as ensuring the integrity of the data.

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          • #6
            Re: Backing up using NT back up for exchange 2K3-Help!

            And just to add my US$0.0195 cents worth. Make sure you test the backups on a regular basis. Most useless thing in the world (apart from an unloaded gun) is a backup file that will NOT restore due to corruption or similar problem.
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            • #7
              Re: Backing up using NT back up for exchange 2K3-Help!

              Second most useless thing -- you forgot politicians
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