Veritas 8.6 MS Exchange 2000 question

I am doing backups of a 2000 server with veritas, and have exchange 2000. I have the option set to 'full backup and flush logs' in veritas. So my question is this: If I have all my drives selected in the selections window, and also the system state, and the microsoft information store (basically everything except the one called exchange mailboxes) then will the backup include  the users mailboxes?

In the manual is seems to suggest that a full backup will include the mailboxes and folders. But then there is the option to select 'microsoft exchange mailboxes' in 'selections'. That part worries me. I do not want to include it and backup redundantly the same thing, but also do not want to miss the mailboxes. I wonder if that feature is just there to allow a backup on specific mailboxes and not the entire exchange database(s).

So - when the whole database is being backed up, by selecting 'full..' and the appropiate drive, does that include the mail boxes -  or do i need to check the box in Slections for the mail boxes?

Please do not respond with guesses, either you know this already from experience or you don't.

Thanks.

troyhicks
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Steve McCarthy, MCSE, MCSA, MCP x8, Network+, i-Net+, A+, CIWA, CCNA, FDLE FCIC, HIPAA Security OfficerIT Consultant, Network Engineer, Windows Network Administrator, VMware AdministratorCommented:
With everything selected, you are getting the Exchange Information Store which holds all your mailboxes.  What the agent allows you to do is to backup and thus restore individual mailboxes.  This is otherwise known as a brick level backup.  Many admins prefer a non brick level backup instead.  By setting the deleted item retention to say 30 days and the deleted mailbox retention to 6 months, there is a very minimal chance that an individual mailbox restore will ever be needed.  As I said, as long as you are backing up the Information Store, you ARE getting all the mailboxes.

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andyalderCommented:
I agree, bricks backup is really slow (especially if the virus checker is running) and unneeded. You can even buy OnTrack PowerControl that can extract individual mailboxes from an information store backup although it's a bit pricey.
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andyalderCommented:
I was just agreeing with samccarthy, I think they should get the points for this one, I'll post in CS asking them to reassign.
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troyhicksAuthor Commented:
Ooops, I am used to the HP forums. I should have accepted the answer from samccarthy. I just also wanted to give some credit to andyalder.

Thanks for the replies. If I can get the full backup to finish in one night, I will leave it as the information store - and will leave the mailboxes unchecked (so I will not have individual mailboxes to restore.)

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