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    Hi all,

    environment: windows server 2003 with exchange server 2003 r2

    i have a full backup of my exchange server with a size of around 130gb. the backup report says the backup performed successfully and no errors recorded in event log. Now i want to check whether the backup performed was correct or not regardless of the log report and event log.

    searching Google says we can use recovery storage groups but the storage groups require a database file and the file what i have is a windows backup file. do i need to restore data of my backup to another location and then connect the files to RSG or is there any other way out. if not then please advice how to use RSG and test my backup.

    Note: i dont have another server to test my backup.

  • #2
    Re: check backup consistency

    Have you done a online or offline backup of the Exchange data?

    If you did a online Backup restoring directly to the RSG works fine with Windows backup.

    Make sure you are fully aware of the whole process.

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    • #3
      Re: check backup consistency

      apology to miss out on that. I performed an online backup of first storage group in microsoft information store without dismounting the stores. i did select the vss while taking the backup thru ntbackup.

      i know the restore process with ntbackup but have never restored a database to the RSG. please advice how to do that.

      Freak ...................

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      • #4
        Re: check backup consistency

        Lots of articles on how to use the RSG.

        http://hellomate.typepad.com/exchang...covery_st.html

        http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=824126

        Recovering data without exmerge
        http://www.microsoft.com/technet/pro.../2003/RMD.mspx

        A quick use of Google would have brought them up.

        Simon.
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        Simon Butler
        Exchange MVP

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        • #5
          Re: check backup consistency

          Thanks for the information. I did use RSG at the test enviornment at my home but was not able to restore the DB to the RSG. Instead every time DB got restored to the actual Mailbox store. Can you let me know what I have done wrong here ?

          I did use NTbackup for backup and restore.

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          • #6
            Re: check backup consistency

            Originally posted by freakinup4u View Post
            Thanks for the information. I did use RSG at the test enviornment at my home but was not able to restore the DB to the RSG. Instead every time DB got restored to the actual Mailbox store. Can you let me know what I have done wrong here ?

            I did use NTbackup for backup and restore.
            You must have the setting to allow a restore to overwrite the live database enabled. Check it is not. Then ensure that you are creating the RSG correctly. Recreate it if required.

            Simon.
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            Simon Butler
            Exchange MVP

            Blog: http://blog.sembee.co.uk/
            More Exchange Content: http://exchange.sembee.info/
            Exchange Resources List: http://exbpa.com/
            In the UK? Hire me: http://www.sembee.co.uk/

            Sembee is a registered trademark, used here with permission.

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            • #7
              Re: check backup consistency

              Originally posted by Sembee View Post
              You must have the setting to allow a restore to overwrite the live database enabled.
              Simon.
              Please can you tell me where this setting resides coz I am unable to locate it.

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              • #8
                Re: check backup consistency

                Third image down on the above link provided by Simon. Did you not read the blog?
                1 1 was a racehorse.
                2 2 was 1 2.
                1 1 1 1 race 1 day,
                2 2 1 1 2

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                • #9
                  Re: check backup consistency

                  Thanks Biggles. I was such a fool not to go thru it. I even did not even looked at Simon's blog till yesterday. But now when I went thru it, I feel that a whole lot of it is to extract and learn from it.

                  Thanks simon and all others who have their blogs posted for providing with such useful and important information.

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