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Exchange 2010 File backup RRS feed

  • Question

  • We perform a backup of our Exchange 2010 with DPM 2010 including cross-site replication.  Question do we need to also backup the following to be able to restore.  We are using DPM as a tertiary recovery for Exchange 2010 because we have a two-site DAG setup.

    \\server\address

    \\server\Exchange OAB

    \\Server\Group Metrics

    Of interest we are currently backing these directories as a seperate backup from the Exchange DB backups and because of the file churn DPM allocated almost 250GB for directories that are combined only a couple megabytes.

    Tuesday, January 25, 2011 12:48 AM

Answers

  • Hey David,

    Here are my thoughts:

    - Make sure you have a backup of two copies of the mailbox database(s) if they are running on SATA/JBOD

    - You don't need to backup the shares.  In a serieus disaster, you will rebuild the OS, Exchange and then recover the database(s) which will recreate all these things

    Just my 2 cents,

    Mike


    Visit System Center User Group Belgium @ http://scug.be and http://scug.be/blogs/scdpm
    • Marked as answer by David-JFC Monday, January 31, 2011 10:01 PM
    Tuesday, January 25, 2011 10:01 AM
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All replies

  • Hey David,

    - If you are protecting DAG with DPM 2010, the recommendation is that you protect at least 2 copy's of the mailbox database if the databases reside on inexpensive SATA/JBOD (one full and one copy)

    - You should not backup those directories.  In case of (serious) failure, you could reinstall a server, reinstall exchange, then recover the database and if it is done according to the rules :-) you should have everything back.

    Cheers,

    Mike Resseler


    Visit System Center User Group Belgium @ http://scug.be and http://scug.be/blogs/scdpm
    Tuesday, January 25, 2011 9:57 AM
    Moderator
  • Hey David,

    Here are my thoughts:

    - Make sure you have a backup of two copies of the mailbox database(s) if they are running on SATA/JBOD

    - You don't need to backup the shares.  In a serieus disaster, you will rebuild the OS, Exchange and then recover the database(s) which will recreate all these things

    Just my 2 cents,

    Mike


    Visit System Center User Group Belgium @ http://scug.be and http://scug.be/blogs/scdpm
    • Marked as answer by David-JFC Monday, January 31, 2011 10:01 PM
    Tuesday, January 25, 2011 10:01 AM
    Moderator