Same old question...just need to have a clear understanding of Exchange backups
Posted on 2006-10-25
I have an Exchange 2k running on a W2k Server and a separate W2k DC. I need a clearer understanding of what I should be backing up for the following situations:
1. Daily Backup - If I need to restore a single mailbox or a database corruption.
2. Weekly Backup - Full backup of what? Just the information store and system state? What about the database files (*.stm and *.edb)?
3. Server lost due to fire/tornado - What is required to be backup to restore to another server.
Right now I do a full backup everynight on a separate tape. I keep one month of tapes off site and rotate the following month. The end of the month tape is pulled out of the monthly rotation.
One other question...
I have a hot spare server off-site with totally different hardware config. Am I going to have problems restoring E2K on that hot spare with different hardware? Also, the spare has W3K loaded. I know I can't run E2K on a W3K machine, so I believe I will have to upgrade my current Exchange to E3K. Right?