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Exchange 2003 Backups with Veritas

Just more a double check, as i think i know the answer :)

When backing up my Exchange 2003 server with Veritas backup Exec (9.1)
Do i need to back up the exchange "Exchsrvr\MDBDATA" Folders etc?

Or will the Veritas Exchange Agent get everything i need to do a restore of all the mail boxes should the worst happen?

Cheers

Andrew
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SembeeCommented:
You don't backup any of the file structure of Exchange. The information store alone is enough - along with the system state.

Simon.
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acstuaAuthor Commented:
ok at the moment im backing up the following :

Microsoft Exchange MailBoxes
Micosoft Exchange public Folders
Microsoft Information Store

and

Shadow Copy Components > System State > all ticked
                                       > Service State > all ticked
                                       > User Data  (just the top branch ticked, no others in any of the child trees are ticked)

Is this right?
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acstuaAuthor Commented:
o the reason for all this is i seem to have 15gig of mail boxes, (have the newest SP etc) but im having to back up around 46gig which is filling my current backup tapes  (32gig native DDS3)
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SembeeCommented:
You are backing up the same data twice.
You don't need to backup the mailboxes, the public folders and the information store. The information store contains both. Therefore deselect the public folders and mailboxes and leave just the information store selected.

In the event that you need to recover items, use a recovery storage group.

Simon.
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acstuaAuthor Commented:
just tried a backup with just that item selected
(admitedly with everything online and ppl working)

Got this error and exception
Backup - \\MAIL-SERVER\Microsoft Information Store\First Storage Group Error, Unable to open \ because it is currently being backed up by another process.
Database or database element is corrupt
Error, Unable to open \ because it is currently being backed up by another process.
Database or database element is corrupt
Error, Unable to open \ because it is currently being backed up by another process.
Database or database element is corrupt


Backup - \\MAIL-SERVER\Microsoft Information Store\First Storage Group WARNING: "\\MAIL-SERVER\Microsoft Information Store\First Storage Group\Mailbox Store (MAIL-SERVER)" is a corrupt file.
This file cannot verify.
WARNING: "\\MAIL-SERVER\Microsoft Information Store\First Storage Group\Public Folder Store (MAIL-SERVER)" is a corrupt file.
This file cannot verify.
WARNING: "\\MAIL-SERVER\Microsoft Information Store\First Storage Group\Log files" is a corrupt file.
This file cannot verify.

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SembeeCommented:
User's working shouldn't have caused a problem, because the backup is an online backup and is designed to be done while the server is running. I have done loads of backups during the day without any problems (unless you are trying to pull them across the LAN).

I think the second set of errors is caused by the first. I would suggest that you reboot the server before you try again. That will release any locks that might be on the files.

Simon.
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acstuaAuthor Commented:
aye rebooted it tonite :)
hopefully it will run thru ok

ill let yer know!

Cheers for the help so far! :)

better start looking up recovery groups too :o
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acstuaAuthor Commented:
Still got the errors on tonites run :(
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acstuaAuthor Commented:
nm i think its because i had shadow copy information store selected, im running it again without it selected
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acstuaAuthor Commented:
Thank you :)
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