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    Hi Everyone,

    Iv'e been tasked with the backup of an Exchange 2003 Enterprise Server installed on Server 2003, using symantec backup exec 10.1, symantec is already installed and running a backup job.

    Looking through the backup job properties I see multiple options/selectable items to back for Exchange 2003, they are:-

    C:Program Files\Exchsvr\
    E:\Program Files\Exchsvr\MDBDATA\"STORAGE GROUP NAME"\Priv1.edb etc.....
    Microsoft Exchange Mailboxes (expanding this shows mailboxlist)
    Microsoft Information Store (expanding this shows storage groups)


    Do I need all the options above selected to successfully perform a restore?

    Can I remove the E:\Program Files\Exchsvr\MDBDATA\"STORAGE GROUP NAME"\Priv1.edb (this file is about 150gb) etc ...... option as I have got the Microsoft Information Store option selected?


    This Exchange server has got 3 storage groups each with 1 mailbox store, each mailbox store ranges in size 100 - 250gb, the First Storage Group also contains a small Public Folders DB

    Kind Regards
    Mark

  • #2
    Re: Backup of Exchange 2003

    depends on how you want to be able to restore.

    I'm guessing you have the Exchange licence for backup exec ?
    that allows granular restoration of individual items - but you need to do the mailstore
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    • #3
      Re: Backup of Exchange 2003

      HI

      Thanks for your input, Yes we have the Exchange addon for Symantec.


      Am I right in thinking the following......

      If I only select "MICROSOFT INFORMATION STORE" option I will be able to restore the storage group, doing this will put back the PRIV files (EDB&STM).

      If I only select items from "Microsoft Exchange Mailboxes", while doing a baremetal restore, the restore will fail as there are no PRIV(EDB&STM) files to restore the data to.

      If I choose to backup both "MICROSOFT EXCHANGE MAILBOXES" & "MICROSOFT INFORMATION STORE" within the same job, will this double the amount of data to backup, or is it inteligent enough to realise they are the same object.

      Regards
      Mark

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      • #4
        Re: Backup of Exchange 2003

        It's been over 2 years since I last really got hands on with the particular configuration you're talking about.. I always used to do both mailbox level, and file level
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        • #5
          Re: Backup of Exchange 2003

          The only thing you MUST have is the Information Store selected.
          With that, you can restore the entire Exchange server.

          There is no need, and it is a waste of time, to select the Exchange file structure.

          The "mailboxes" selection is what is known as brick level backup, and is generally considered to be a luxury. In most cases it is a waste of time, slow, inefficient and completely useless for disaster recovery. With correctly configured options in Exchange, the "benefits" of a brick level backup are not actually required.
          Deleted Item retention for example will allow the end user to recover a single email item that they have deleted recently. If it was deleted some time ago, then it couldn't have been that important, so they can wait while an RSG is used to recover their mailbox.

          Simon.
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          • #6
            Re: Backup of Exchange 2003

            totally OT here but

            Originally posted by Sembee View Post
            If it was deleted some time ago, then it couldn't have been that important, so they can wait while an RSG is used to recover their mailbox.

            Simon.

            Unless you were the user I spoke to one day who didn't want to delete the items in his deleted items folder to free up space on his hosted mail account, until we had archived them first.

            Yes. we archived 2GB of mail from deleted items folder, just in case he wanted it again in future. Despite the fact he'd already found it appropriate to delete it.
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            • #7
              Re: Backup of Exchange 2003

              Originally posted by tehcamel View Post
              totally OT here but




              Unless you were the user I spoke to one day who didn't want to delete the items in his deleted items folder to free up space on his hosted mail account, until we had archived them first.

              Yes. we archived 2GB of mail from deleted items folder, just in case he wanted it again in future. Despite the fact he'd already found it appropriate to delete it.
              Ah the old Deleted Items as storage arrangement. Surprisingly how common that is.

              When I get these I simply find some paperwork on the user's desk and drop them in the bin. Then ask them if that is where they would like to store their paperwork. When they say no, then I say why do you do the same thing with email? Deleted Items isn't a storage location.

              Simon.
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              • #8
                Re: Backup of Exchange 2003

                Hi

                Thank you both for your input, deleted items always causes conflict...!

                Reading through your replies, if a disaster recovery was required, I am right in saying the file structure for exchange E.G. c:\program files\exchsvr\BIN....... etc etc etc, would be recoved/installed/re-instated during the install part of exchange 2003 with the disasterrecovery switch, once this is complete, a restore of "INFORMATION STORES" from backup to put the data back in place(priv/pub.edb+stm).

                Pause for thought........................................... ............ Is "DELETED ITEMS" really a place to store important data! lol.

                Regards
                Mark

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                • #9
                  Re: Backup of Exchange 2003

                  There is a white paper on Technet about DR planning with Exchange 2003, but in essence what you have outlined is how it is done. The key thing is to not delete the computer account, just reset it, and use the same names everywhere. You should have as much of the server documented as possible so that you can get it as similar as you can.

                  Simon.
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                  Simon Butler
                  Exchange MVP

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