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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 tex In reply to Stopping Exchange for Bac ...

Arcserve does not give me the same issue that you are having. It tends to be a better product if not more expensive. On the bright side however the only thing you have to do is stop the MTA.

Caveat: If you do nothing will be accepting your email. You better have some sort of Bastion that can spool you email while your server is down. Depending on your provider you may be able to get that for free.

Hope this helped.

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

Thanks for your response.

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

I do this on 3 different customers NT 4 SBS servers and on my own SBS server.

The stopex makes the exchange server services stop and then the backup runs. I checked the logs for the backup program (it does not matter which backup program you use)and found how long it took. Then the startex starts all the services again after the backup should have completed to be ready for the users the next morning.

Commands to stop the Exchange Server at night

at 23:00 /EVERY:M,T,W,Th,F "c:\stopex.bat"

Command to start the Exhange Server each morning

at 7:00 /every:T,W,Th,F,S "c:\startex.bat"

Notice I use the at command to schedule the jobs to happen before and after the backup.


This is the startex.bat file

net start "Microsoft Exchange Event Service" > C:\strtexch.log
net start "Microsoft Exchange Internet Mail Service" >> C:\strtexch.log
net start "Microsoft Exchange Information Store" >> C:\strtexch.log
net start "Microsoft Exchange Message Transfer Agent" >> C:\strtexch.log
net start "Microsoft Exchange Directory" >> C:\strtexch.log
net start "Microsoft Exchange System Attendant" >> C:\strtexch.log


This is the stopex.bat file

net stop "Microsoft Exchange Event Service" > C:\strtexch.log
net stop "Microsoft Exchange Internet Mail Service" >> C:\strtexch.log
net stop "Microsoft Exchange Information Store" >> C:\strtexch.log
net stop "Microsoft Exchange Message Transfer Agent" >> C:\strtexch.log
net stop "Microsoft Exchange Directory" >> C:\strtexch.log
net stop "Microsoft Exchange System Attendant" >> C:\strtexch.log


The strtexch.log just shows if there are any errors starting or stopping the services.

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

Notice also that the batch files are in the root directory of the SBS server and all these jobs run as the administrator login.

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

Thanks for your help!

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