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By -=OTVerge=- ·
Hi everyone,

I'd like to be able to backup my Exchange 5.5 server over the network using ntbackup with win2k and a tape drive, but I can't seem to figure out how to do it. My exchange server is running NT 4, and I want to run the backup on a Win2k machine. Supposidly when I go into the backup program, the help says to click on the Microsoft Exchange icon, but there is none there. I even browse to the server in that box, and it does not show up. Is there a manual way to do it, or does your exchange server have to have a certain service pack? Any help would be appreciated!

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by LordInfidel In reply to Exchange Server backup

Unfortunately, in order to use the 2k backup program for exchange, exchange needs to be running on the 2k machine, not the NT4 machine.

With 2k, they integrated the ability to back up exchange when it is installed locally on the machine. But thecaveat is you can not backup exchange located on another machine.

The reason you do not see the icon is because exchange is not installed locally.

To add insult to injury, exchange does not have a native backup program either. And NT4's BU program only does files, not dbs.

The only workarounds I can offer is if you are using a commercial backup program, they might have a plug in/agent that allows the backup of exchange. Or back up the entire exch flat file directory.

Backup Exec byveritas does have this functionality by purchasing the exchange agent.

Using a combo of backup exec and 2k backup is very nice and it's what I use.

If you are well versed in exchange, a possibility is to build another exchange server using 2k as it's os. Make the exch srvr in the same site as the existing. Verify that the new one can send and receieve mail. Then Move the mailboxes over to the new server. Then when you are satisfied that the new one is ok, update your mx records and get rid of the old mail server. No points against liscensing.

As far as your service pack goes. Exchange is up to sp4. If you have not installed it, I strongly suggest doing so.

Good luck

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by -=OTVerge=- In reply to Exchange Server backup

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by -=OTVerge=- In reply to Exchange Server backup

Thanks very much for the informative answer!

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by McKayTech In reply to Exchange Server backup

The first answer is correct about Exchange being installed locally. Under NT4, when you installed Exchange, it actually replaced the original NTBackup with a special version with Exchange extensions. You could actually backup Exchange remotely just by copying NTBackup.exe to the non-Exchange NT Server. Apparently that doesn't work under Windows2000 although I haven't tried it yet.

One other option as a workaround, if you have times when you can shut down Exchange, is to stop the Information Store and do an off-line backup and then pick up the priv.edb and pub.edb just like any other file. This can be automated with a batch file and actually works pretty well if you can afford the downtime.

Incidentally, I will be experimenting with different W2K/NT4 scenarios and one of the things I want to try in the lab is to see if a W2K server will support the Exchange-enabled NTBackup.exe. I'll let you know what I find.

paul

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