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Backup Tapes using ntbackup

Veritas or any other expensive software is not an option.  I have to use ntbackup.exe to perform backups.  Currently I have my backups going directly to an external hard drive, but would like to have them stored on these dds-3 backup tapes instead.  Here's what I want to do and I'm awarding full points.

1.  Make a complete backup of everything that I have right now in exchange to a backup tape.
2.  Implement a new backup procedure that will have differnetial backups throughout the day.  (Does this mean I leave a tape in the drive all day and take it out at the end of the day?)
3.  I have mailbox rentention on mailboxes and deleted items for 30 days, but I would like to set this up to recover a single mailbox at a moment's notice without restarting anyone's computer.  If this means I would need to export all mailboxes to 30 different pst folders, then that's what I want to do.

If you have any other reasonable solutions.  Please offer them.

Thanks
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BNettles73Commented:
  - How to backup Exchange using Windows Backup - http://support.microsoft.com/?id=258243
   - Check out this tutorial using NTBackup - http://www.msexchange.org/articles/MF020.html
   - Hotsplit Snapshot of Exchange http://support.microsoft.com/?id=311898
   - If using E2K3 check out this article before implementing NTBackup http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;839272

You can script the ExMerge utility to perform differential backups during the day to a PST archive ... then you don't have to worry about backups running during the day and killing server performance ... The ExMerge utility is great for environments that need this kind of resource and not having a budget for a tape library etc ...

I'd do daily fulls and then script the ExMerge utility to run twice a day ... there will be an initial hit on when creating the PSTs so I'd do it over a weekend if you have a lot of users .... I'd plan to backup the PST archive every 15-30 days and then clear it out ... if the PSTs run over 500-600 MB they will be difficult to open or possibly become corrupt ..

The good news is that to restore a mailbox you can simply exmerge the archive back to the mailbox or open it to select one item ....

Just my two cents ...
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MortgageGuyAuthor Commented:
I am using exchange 2000 and I haven't found any real detailed instructions on how to use the exmerge utility.  How can I do this?
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BNettles73Commented:
Check out this link - http://www.petri.co.il/download_exmerge.htm

Read through the help documents after you download the utility ...
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