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  • NT Backup has failed as a backup solution for Exchange...

    ... what do other people recommend for Exchange?

    Hi all

    We have used NT Backup for our Exchange backup for years. Over the weekend we had a serious hardware failure on one of the servers and when it came to the restore it turns out the backup is corrupt.

    Anyway this is not the reason why I am posting. We have come to the decision that we need a more reliable solution which we can test more frequently, use to restore individual items, get notifications of backup failure (by SMS perhaps?) etc...

    The environment is 4 servers (2 mail box, 1 bridgehead, 1 x front end), 2000+ users, OWA... Server 2003 r2, Exchange 2003.

    We don't use tapes, we have off site NAS boxes.

    What does everyone recommend?
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    Re: NT Backup has failed as a backup solution for Exchange...

    Had good results with BackupExec plus the Exchange agent.
    But i have to say, NTBackup has never caused me any major problems -- may be worth looking into the cause of the corruption and trying again. Price is unbeatable.

    Sembee has mentioned some other backup products that are exchange aware, but I cannot remember the names.
    Tom Jones
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    • #3
      Re: NT Backup has failed as a backup solution for Exchange...

      BackupExec is pretty much industry standard, but not cheap. I think it was Backup Assist that Sembee mentioned preferring these days?
      Last edited by cruachan; 31st January 2011, 20:40. Reason: typo
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      • #4
        Re: NT Backup has failed as a backup solution for Exchange...

        Kind of expected that BackExec would be the preferred choice. Cost is funnily enough not as big an issue as it used to be after this event!
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        • #5
          Re: NT Backup has failed as a backup solution for Exchange...

          Originally posted by tonyyeb View Post
          Cost is funnily enough not as big an issue as it used to be after this event!
          Rearrange the following into a well known phrase

          Door... Horse... Stable... Shut... Bolted... After
          Tom Jones
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            Re: NT Backup has failed as a backup solution for Exchange...

            I just wish with BackupExec you could get a stripped down version, like how it was a few versions a go. Symantec, much like Microsoft, are trying to make everything too clever and automated and it just pisses me off. I installed BE 2010 R2 the other day and it now tries to manage your support renewal within the product.
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            • #7
              Re: NT Backup has failed as a backup solution for Exchange...

              Backup Assist is my preferred option.
              Backup Exec just takes the **** with their pricing. The Exchange agent is more expensive than the product.

              However, all backup products use the same Backup API in Exchange 2003, so there is no guarantee that the backup would have been correct with any other product. There can be any number of reasons why the backup is invalid, most of which have nothing to do with the software product being used. Issues with the hardware, particularly tape drives are the most common cause.

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