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By jgtyler ·
Will the build in NT Backup program work to backup the "Information Store" and "System State" or do I need to purchase third party software?

I read a Microsoft article that stated the NT Backup would not work, but have had Microsoft tech say different.

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by Ann777 In reply to Backup Programs

Well, if the Exchange services are running, you have to either use NTBackup on a server that has the Exchange Admin tools installed, or you have to have an Exchange agent for whatever backup software you are using.

Meaning, if the Exchange services are running, you cannot just simply backup certain folders, the Exchange databases are backed up a certain way.

If you want to use NTBackup, just make sure the backup server has the Exchange Admin tools installed on it. Then, during the backups, you will see an option for "Microsoft Exchange", and "Information Store", "Directory Service".

If you are using something like Backup Exec, you need to get the "Exchange agent" for backup Exec to see the options above. "Microsft Exchange"..etc.

If you stop the Exchange services to do your backups, you only need to backup three files.
1. Priv.edb, 2. Pub.edb, <--Information store
3. Dir.edb <-- Directory service.

If you try to just backup the Exchange directory with the services running, the databases will be skipped unless you use the Exchange option in NTBackup, or get the Exchange agent for whatever third party software you are using.

But if you stop the Exchange services to backup, then the database files are not open, and you can simply back those three up.

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by Ann777 In reply to Backup Programs

WinNT:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;265441

Win2000:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;240363

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by jgtyler In reply to Backup Programs

Thanks, I have had two report contradict themselves on this one.

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