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Backup Exchange 2003 with backup exec. What directories to Exclude?

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I have Backup Exec with the Exchange agent. All Exchange files are installed in the default Exchsrvr directory. I have BackupExec setup to backup the exchange mailboxes through the agent. Should I disable the backup of the entire Exchsrvr directory, or should I only exclude certain files in that directory?

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I don't backup any part of the \exchsrvr directory. The information store is enough.

Simon.
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Backup Exec 10d for Windows Servers comes with Agent for Microsoft Exchange.
Do you have this? Did you purchase the license for this agent?

With this agent, you can easily backup your change database, log files. It also does a brick level back up of all the mailboxes.

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NITADMIN
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by:bfilipek
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Simon,

If I disable the exchsrvr directory, what will happen to the log files? Does the agent know to clear them automatically?
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Yes,

The Microsoft Exchange Agent will clear the log files after backingup the storage group and the log files.

Here is a link where you can learn more information about it.

http://www.symantec.com/smb/products/agents_options_details.jsp?pcid=bu_rec&pvid=bewin_svr&aid=bews_exchange


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NITADMIN
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nitadmin - so exchange will clear the log files even if I DISABLE backing up the Exchsrvr directory (where the log files sit). Is this correct?
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The BackupExec Agent for Microsoft Exchange sever will backup Exchange server Databse, transaction logs, and it will do brick level backup of the mailboxes. It will clear the log files, after every backup.

You don't need to backup the Exchsrv directory. You should not select this this directory in the list of backup selections for your backup job. Exclude this directory.

If you do include the Exchsrv directory in the backup job selections, then you will see that backup job will fail, because of access issues. You will then have configure Advance open file options, and Microsoft VSS.

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NITADMIN
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Thank you for the clarification.
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by:trenes
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Hi bfilipek,

You have 10d right with the Agent plugin for Exchange?
Then you can set whatever you like, when doing a backup.
Flushing Committed logs etc, In your selection choose:

Microsoft Exchange Mailboxes
Microsoft Exchange Public Folders
Microsoft Information Store.


Cheers!
regards,

Trenes
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