Exchange Mailboxes not being backed up!

Posted on 2004-10-29
Last Modified: 2013-12-01
Hoping you can help me solve this problem with backing up the Exchange Mailboxes. We have several Windows 2003 servers. Backup Exec 9.1 is running on the same server as Exchange 2000 is running on. File backups run fine. However, the backup of the individual Exchange Mailboxes has always been a problem. In short, I think it has possibly never backed up anything. Recently it's been giving the message in the Job Status has been: 'Canceled, timed out'. Byte count: 0. With no job log! Veritas helpdesk has been useless.

I'm thinking it might have something to with the rights of the backup exec account. When I look at the user mailboxes the full mailbox access permission is denied for the backup exec account, although it does have read and delete rights. The backup exec account is a member of the backup operators, the domain admins and the enterprise admins. Could the problem be the fact that full access is denied? If so, how can I allow it for all mailboxes?? Please advise!!

Question by:Donovan2004
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    Are you running an Exchange Agent?  The agent is what allows you to backup individual mailboxes.  For a normal backup, if you are getting the information store which holds your storage groups, you are getting exchange backed up, but not at the Brick level (Individual Mailbox Level.)  

    Restoring the information store will restore all mailboxes.  

    Many people believe this is a better way to backup Exchange.  Set your deleted item retention to say 30 days and deleted mailbox retention to about 6 months and chances are you will never have to restore an individual mailbox, which IMHO is a pain.  Set your Veritas to backup the Information store and you are covered.  If you want the individual mailboxes, then you need the Exhange Agent.

    Now, having said all of that I would do a couple of things.  If I look at the properties of my First Storage Group, my Backup Exec account is not even listed.  If yours worked previously, then I believe your Backup Exec somehow hosed itself.  I have seen this same thing many times.

    How I've fixed it in the past is to fully uninstall Backup Exec and do a clean installation.  Without rebooting, I then apply all the patches.  The latest 9.1 I believe is Build 4691.1 and the patches that are applicable, and should be installed in this order, HF1, SP1, HF19, HF26, HF27 (If you have IDR), HF31, HF32 and HF33 (If you have the Exchange agent).  Lastly, load the latest Tape Device Driver file.  Once completed, then reboot your machine.

    You will have to setup your backup jobs again, but this should fix your problems.


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    Well, the Exchange Agent is installed. Backup Exec has never really worked normally for Exchange. When it *seemed* to backup the mailboxes (according to the byte count at least) they had the red stripe through them in the restore view and all boxes said 0 bytes. I'd rather not apply patches right away, rebooting the server is a bit problematic...
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    I'd say you are at quite a dilemma, but unfortunately to fix the problem I believe you are going to have to take some decisive measures.  With what you described, I would uninstall the old version, put on the new and piggback all those patches to get the installation all in 1 reboot.  I just rebuilt 2 servers yesterday using this exact procedure.  At least it minimized the rebooting on the installation.  If you have a problematic server on reboots, then perhaps there are more issues and thus it is even more critical to get the data backed up.
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    I will ask for the points on this one as I have put forth logical troubleshooting steps and the information necessary to lead to problem resolution

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