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What is the best way to backup exchange?.  We have looked into ArcServe and it does not have all the features we want.
Namely, restoring an individual mailbox.

Any bright ideas?
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If you want to allow a user to perform an on-line backup of a Microsoft Exchange Server that is installed on a Windows NT member server, that user's Windows NT domain account must belong to both the domain's Backup Operators group and the local computer's Backup Operators group.
 
In order to add the domain account to the local computer's Backup Operators group, you must login to the local computer, instead of the domain, at the Windows NT login prompt as the administrator or as an administrator equivalent. Then start the Windows NT User Manager and add the domain account to the local computer's Backup Operators group.
 
No permissions need to be granted for the user account in the Microsoft Exchange Administrator program.
 
In order for that same account to be able to restore a Microsoft Exchange backup on the member server, that account must be added to the local computer's
Administrators group. It is not necessary to add the account to the domain Administrators or domain Admins groups. The Administrator privilege is necessary because only Administrators can shut down services in Windows NT and the Microsoft Exchange services need to be shut down in order to restore Microsoft Exchange.

To allow NT Backup to recognize and back up Microsoft Exchange mail servers, close any opened backup window and do one of the following:
 
 - If you are copying files from an existing Exchange RC1 Mail Server:
 
1. Rename or delete the current

WINNT-WINNT-ROOT\SYSTEM32\NTBACKUP.EXE

from the NT Backup Server.
 
2. Copy Winnt-Winnt-Root\System32\NTBackup.exe, Edbbcli.dll, and Msvcrt40.dll from a Microsoft Exchange mail server to the Winnt-Root\System32 subdirectory of the Windows NT backup server.
 
3. Copy Exchsrvr\Bin\Edbback.dll from the Microsoft Exchange mail server to the Winnt-Root\System32 subdirectory of the Windows NT  backup server.
 
 -or-
 
 - If you are copying files from Exchange RC1 Mail Server CD-ROM:
 
1. Rename or delete the current Winnt-Winnt-Root\System32\NTBackup.exe of the Windows NT backup Server.
 
2. Copy NTBackup.exe, Edbbcli.dll, Edbback.dll and Msvcrt40.dll files in Setup\I386 (or MIPS or Alpha) on the Exchange Mail Server CD-ROM to the Winnt-Root\System32 subdirectory of the Windows NT backup server.

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by:jimmyr
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But the question is how can I restore an individual mailbox?
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Microsoft Exchange Administrators sometimes need to be able to recover an individual item from backup. For example, there may be a need to restore a deleted users mail, or to recover a deleted mail message or a deleted folder. In each of these cases, the only option is to recover the deleted item from a backup.
 
It is possible to recover an individual item (mailbox, folder, or message) from a backed up Microsoft Exchange Information Store by following the steps below. Please read all eight steps once before you start implementing them:
 
1. Set up the Microsoft Exchange Server on an alternate server with the same organization and site name as the tape being restored, but do not replicate this server to the site. The Computer name can be different.
 
2. Using Windows NT Backup, restore the information store and type the alternate server name for the destination server in the "Restore Information" dialog box.
 
3. Start the services on the alternate server. You can do this  automatically by selecting Start Service After Restore in step 2.
 
4. In the Administrator program, locate the DS/IS Consistency Adjustment in the Advanced property page of the Server object. Choose All Inconsistencies, and choose Adjust.
 
5. Give yourself permission for the mailbox you want to restore from or for any mailbox if you are restoring a public folder.
 
6. Log on to the server with a Microsoft Exchange Client, and move the items to be restored into a .PST file.
 
7. Log on to an online server with a profile that also points to the .PST file used in the previous step.
 
8. Move the messages from the .PST file onto the online server.
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What you suggest is restoring the entire info store and then choosing an individual backup.  I am aware of the capability.  We are looking for something different, where you can restore only one mailbox, without restoring the entire info store.

But thanks for all the effort.  I will give you full credit and pose the question again.
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