exchange backup

Posted on 2006-03-23
Last Modified: 2013-12-02
Hi all,

We dont currently have the right software to backup our exchange (2000). I know i can use ntbackup, but its a little flakey, is it possible to simply make a copy of the database files priv/pub 1 and place these on another hard disk. Would i be able to restore these files easy if this is possible?

Many thanks

Question by:pab006
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    Expert Comment

    Yes, and in the event of systems failure you can just re-place the database files  (if they're fairly recent)... or import them as a recovery storage group and work on a mailbox level
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    n.b. It isn't the best option though... as you are effectively rolling back the entire exchange store, which is not overly helpful if you're trying to recover one message/one mailboxl
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    Actually you CANNOT simply backup the data files.  If you need them later and try to restore them they will not work.  Don't take my word for it, try it yourself and you'll see that the recovered Exchange DB will not go online.

    Use NTBACKUP, it works fine and is the right way to backup Exchange without 3rd party tools.
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    The problem with just coping the files is that the logs don't get committed and continue to take up more and more disk space. The only way to avoid this is to use ntbackup or some other "exchange aware" backup software.
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    It might be better to use exmerge.
    This comes with exchange, and is used to export data to pst files.
    You can automate it and export to a nework path.
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    cheers guys,

    ill split the points

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