Backing up Exchange with NT backup.
Posted on 2006-05-31
I have a question that should have a fairly simple answer. I am finding when backing up a 2003 server with ntbackup (or using 2003 sbs backup) the exchange store is not backed up where I believe it should be.
When I try a restore, there is nothing backed up under MYSERVER\Microsoft Information Store\First Storage Group in either the mailbox store or the public folders.
Instead, I can find my stores backup up in the file system (in c:\Program files\exchsrvr\MDBDATA - I have both priv1 and pub1 .stm and .edb files). This reassures me that they are at least being backed up... But when I try to restore from here, I cannot remount the store afterwards, because it complains of inconsistancies in the database. I'm sure this is because I am performing a simple file restore and not an exchange restore from ntbackup, but how do I do a proper exchange restore when there is nothing backed up in exchange???
I have had a look in the knowledge base to no avail, but I'm sure I'm missing something simple. Can anyone help?