How to Backup AD and Exchange


I want to Backup AD and Exchange. But space is a big issue here. At this point not having to backup the OS partition for HD would be a great help (30 Gigs is still 30 Gigs)  Do i need to backup anything except for the Info Stores and system state for exchange and for AD just the system state without the rest of the OS partition?
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If you use NTbackup just select system stores and system state. It should be enough.

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Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
You need to do a proper "normal" backup of exchnage at regular intervals, not only to ensure that you can recover the stores in the eventy of a problem but also to truncate the transaction logs. If you don't then the transaction logs will continue to grow unfettered until they fill the disk and cause exchange to stop responding.
Forrest BurrisCommented:
AD is in the system state, yes. No need for system files. Exchange should come across as Exchange Mailboxes & Exchange Public Folders. Make sure you backup the service & system states & info stores. You would also be wise to take a system C: backup once a week regardless of whether it's 40 gig. Do a full/overwrite. Make sure the service state, etc backup is a FULL as well and not differential/incremental
That's it. Info stores and system state is enough to restore Exchange. System state on the DC is all you need to restore AD.
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