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Stopping Exchange for Backups

By JC68 ·
I am running Exchange Server 5.5 on a Dell PowerEdge 4300 with NT4 SBS 4.5, Backup Exec 7.3 with a SCSI DAT drive. I am experiencing intermittent I/O errors with my backup. It has been suggested that I shut down Exchange before scheduling the backup and then restart Exchange when the backup is complete. I was wondering if any one uses this method and is so if they could explain the proper procedure to follow to carry this out as a scheduled task. I am new to the position of network administrator. Thank You!

John

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by curlergirl In reply to Stopping Exchange for Bac ...

I have two batch files (one to stop the services and one to start them back up) that I use to do this on several servers. I use Arcserve, which allows me to schedule the running of the batch files as part of the backup job. If Backup Exec doesn't allow this, you could easily use the NT Schedule service (Atsvc.exe), which should be running on your server, to schedule the batch files to run. I like to use the GUI interface (WinAT.exe), which is part of the NT Resource Kit, to set up the schedule. Of course, your users have to be aware that email will be unavailable while the backup is running. Hopefully, you're running the backup at night when no one is actively working. I'd be glad to email the batch files to you, if you will email medirectly at synergy@synoffsys.com. Hope this helps!

P.S. You should also have circular logging enabled on Exchange if you're doing this, so that log files don't build up and eat up your drive space. You might want to double-check this, too, if you're not aware of it.

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by JC68 In reply to Stopping Exchange for Bac ...

Thanks for your help!

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by dcAdmin In reply to Stopping Exchange for Bac ...

Instead of stopping exchange for the backup it would be better if you could install backup exec on another server and use an exchange agent.

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by JC68 In reply to Stopping Exchange for Bac ...

Thanks for your response.

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by JimBb In reply to Stopping Exchange for Bac ...

Careful: if you stop exchange, you can easily backup the databases, but as files, not as mailboxes and so. Yes you have a backup, but restoring is all or nothing, no individual boxes.
Stopping any service is easy: make a batchfile that does "netstop 'Service Name'", and use "net start" for starting them again. UpperCase and lowercase should be the same. Using the AT command with good timing ("at 22:30 'batchfile.cmd'"), or a pre-execution and post-execution script in your backup software, this should be a breeze.

Using an agent would indeed be better. Then you backup exactly the same data, but you can work far more granular, depending on the capabilities of the database (Exchange in this case) and of the agent you use. This would allow for example the restore of an individual mailbox, if and when needed, rather than all or nothing.

Jim

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by JC68 In reply to Stopping Exchange for Bac ...

Thanks for your response.

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