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Back up Microsoft Exchange 2010 with Windows Server Backup

Exchange Management Console view of this database

No matter how small the Exchange implementation, the data needs to be backed up. Many Exchange shops (particularly smaller ones) have relied on the ubiquitous Windows Server Backup utility to protect their Exchange environments against disaster. Although there was a period of time when Exchange and Windows Server Backup didn't work together, with Windows Server 2008 R2 and Exchange 2010, this is not the case, and the backup and recovery of Exchange using this tool is a relatively simple process.

For the demonstration in this tutorial, I'll back up a single Exchange 2010 mailbox database that exists on a server named MAIL3. At Westminster College, we're currently in a pilot phase for an Exchange 2010 rollout, and we're using Windows Server Backup during this phase. Once we're in full production, we'll move to our normal enterprise backup application.

This TechRepublic gallery is also available as a Servers and Storage blog post.

How to use Windows Server Backup with Exchange 2010
This screen gives you a look at the Exchange Management Console view of this database. The other two databases you see reside on a different Exchange server.

All screenshots by Scott Lowe for TechRepublic.

3 comments
randyb
randyb

Some of the screens listed in this walkthrough are not the same in a real senario. I am using SBS 2008 R2 with Exchange 2010, the first screen (showing the mailbox) and the 12th screen (showing the select the destion type) are not the same. My 1st screen only shows basic information while the 12th screen only lets me choose local Internal or external drives. I think this may need to be reviewed again.

Carl Hall
Carl Hall

There are a few issues doing backup with the new windows server backup introduced in windows server 2008. Apart from the missing possibility of doing granular backup of files, the most annoying one is the fact that you must present at recovery with windows server backup a restore drive that is at least equal or bigger than the drive that was backed up, and this even, if you don?t have data to fill the entire drive. This is difficult to do in a production environment where you have a server that has, let?s say, a DAS of 1 terabyte and you only backup 200Mb of data that you want to restore in one other server for granular investigation of for whatever the reasons. When restoring on the new server, it will not restore if you don?t have 1 Terabyte of restoring space. To my knowledge, this is the only backup software that will insist that you present the same amount of free disk space for restoration than the complete disk space used while doing the backup even if your intention is only to restore 1 byte. The programmers of that application tough that if you backup a drive, you would need the same amount of disk space to restore. This is usually not the case. Therefore, if you intend to use Windows Server Backup as production backup software, be prepared to have, in standby, the same amount of disk space as the system been backup when doing restoration.

connorh
connorh

From what I understand, with this option, you can't do a single mailbox or email restore. Pity that.