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I'm configuring the backup for a new SBS 2003 installation and I want to make sure I understand the differences between the backup routine for our previous server and the backup utility for the new server.

On the previous server, there were 2 scheduled backup tasks.  The first called out an NTBACKUP script which created a file called EXCHANGE_BACKUP.BKF on the server SHARED directory.  The second task copied all the files in the server SHARED directory to our backup USB Hard Drive.

On our new SBS 2003 server, I've configured the backup utility to copy all files from the server to the USB Hard Drive daily.  But this results in just one scheduled task.  What happens to the EXCHANGE_BACKUP.BKF file in this scenario?
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The SBS Backup covers everything just like an ASR, In Fact It allows you to keep mutiple copies of the full backup in 2 different locations.
There is nothing wrong with with creating other set or type of backups but it's not really neccessary. I have recovered from fatal crashes with the SBS backup.

Remember SBS performs a Shadow copy backup.

Use the backup wizard from SBS "to do list" you can't go wrong with it.

Download this Document and read.

http://download.microsoft.com/download/b/d/8/bd8e1a40-d202-429a-8eb7-26300d62bcc9/BKU_BkupRstr.doc
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Vico1,
That's a pretty good general answer.  Could you be more specific with regards to the EXCHANGE.BKF file that my previous server created?  When the new server's Backup Utility runs, will it create an exchange .BKF file somewhere - and if not, how does it back up exchange?
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No.
With the SBS Backup wizard The stores for the exchange server is also backed up.
SBS Does not create a separate backup for exchange It performs 1 backup that also includes the Exchange server.
In fact the Backup is a clone of the system, since it is using shadow copy to do it.

I believe that the Previous IT person Took the extra step for his peace of mind, nothing wrong with that.

There is an easy way to find out if exchange is beeing backed up:

You go under \program files\exchsrvr\MDBDATA\
and see if the xxxxxxx.log files are flushed out. they get flushed out only after a successful backup of exchange.

I hope that answers your question
vico1!
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