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NTBackup of Exchange - Normal and Replace Backup file ok?

Posted on 2006-05-06
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I am going to use NTBackup to backup my Exchange server, well, because it is free and seems to work quite well.

I have scheduled a nightly backup and set Normal and replace backup file.  Will that be fine or should I append?
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Which version of exchange you are using?
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amaheshwari earned 1000 total points
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For exchange 2000/Windows 2000 you can refer this URL:

For exchange 2003/Windows 2003 you can refer this URL:
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It depends on what you want. I personally do the "replace".

However, I also keep two copies, i.e. I have two backup jobs scheduled, to run on alternate days, and they backup to two different destination savesets. That way if there is anything wrong with one of the backups (or the server crashes while backup is in progess) then I have a second one to fall back on.

Those are good links posted by amaheshwari

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Great thanks!  I made two copies and alternated the days!
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Thanks. I just want to add a couple of things:

 The exchange backups should not go on the same physical disk as Exchange itself, otherwise you'd lose everything in a disk crash.

  You can schedule a third job (a small script e.g.) to copy one of your Exchange backups to a a remote disk over the network on a regular basis. That way you have another fallback position.

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