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Why do ntbackup / veritas etc... give an exchagne information store bkup option when backing up c:\ drive covers it

Hey peeps.

why is that.

so u can bakup just exchange without c:\ drive or something.
ntbackup does not let you select specific mailboxes its an ALL or nothing.

just needs to know becaue i am doing an urgent rebuild with restore now.. This is urgent... i need to know.. i dont want want to ruin my previous work by restoring both.

ive done c:\ and system state on a test system and it works fine.. (by done i mean restore)
why the extra option.

Thanks in advance everyone
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Romolo
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Using NTBackup clears the Exchange Logs.  And allows you to restore just the information store if you need to.
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
If you're using the built-in SBS Backup Wizard, you don't get either option... that's because it chooses the correct one for you so that you don't run into problems with a full restore.

Jeff
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RomoloIT Professional ConsultantAuthor Commented:
im not using built in..

i have used NTBACKUP on its own.. i restored but NOT using the microsoft exhcange information store option..

and i seem to have my mail back..

just wondered why there was the two.. when would you use one over the other>

thanks

Romolo
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RomoloIT Professional ConsultantAuthor Commented:
You Do get BOTH .

i.e. backup c:\ drive and system state.... obviously..

and there is an option for exchange...

however im curious as t WHY and WHEN i would use this option to bkup and restore... I DID NOT do this on my test enviroment and mail appeared (only a small bkup with just mail baring in mind) work just fine.

Can anyone clarify please as i am doing reall SERVER FLATTEN and SBS migration in 2-3 hours.

Thanks in advance

Romolo
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