exchange 2007 backup recommendation

Looking for recommendations for the backup of MS Exchange 2007. We are using a basic network storage device to hold the backup.  We've seen listings about Backup Exec 11d but want to know experiences with this or if there is something better.
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James MontgomeryCommented:
Hello sraley,

I've had positive experiences with BE11D, its device support and their support team for when i get issues.

Since backup is a multi layered question you have to ask:

-Will you want to restore indivdual items?
-How many backups do you want?
-Will you be backing up to media that can be taken offsite?
-What rotation will you use for the media to get maximum use?
-In DR scenario what are you going to do when the mail server is not available?
-How much email can you afford to lose? i.e. is last nights backup OK?

Regards,

JimboEfx
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sraleyAuthor Commented:
i'm only in need of 1 nights backup since we don't have any type of rotation right now. This will be done at night so its fine if the mail server goes offline to get the mail backed up. individual restore is what I would prefer.
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James MontgomeryCommented:
Then BE11d is just fine (note that BE12 is just around the corner).

It can backup to a number of locations and it can, with simple configuration, allow the restore of individual items direct to the mailbox.

Give the trial a go.
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sraleyAuthor Commented:
with BE11 i'm confused now because I see BE11d says it takes care of servers but then I see a BE11d for Windows Server and then I see a BE11d Exchange Agent so what exactly do I need ? I want to make sure its in the budget since I working with a school on this.
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James MontgomeryCommented:
It depends where BE is installed. If it is installed on the Exchange server it can back it up directly.

If not it needs an agent installed to back it up over the network.
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sraleyAuthor Commented:
it will be installed on the exchange server so do I just get the BE11d or get BE11d for windows server ?
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James MontgomeryCommented:
You need this product:

http://www.symantec.com/business/products/overview.jsp?pcid=2244&pvid=57_1

They have good support - you can ask them direct about particulars if you need :D
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sraleyAuthor Commented:
I'm being told by CDWG that if I purchase backup exec 11d for windows server I still need to purchase the exchange agent, it doesn't matter if its installed on the exchange server.
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sraleyAuthor Commented:
I was just told by symantec sales that putting 11d on the exchange server will only backup the exchange configuration, not mailboxes. I need the agent to get the mailboxes backed up.
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sraleyAuthor Commented:
Any other inexpensive software products?
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James MontgomeryCommented:
umm be12will backup exchange mailboxes all the way to item level. at worst you need the exchange agent as well... but I'm not sure why a sales guy would have said you cannot do it.

Call back and ask for someone else...
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sraleyAuthor Commented:
have you tried be12?  The sales agent put me on hold to contact someone else to verify that be11 by iteself would not backup mailboxes.
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James MontgomeryCommented:
Not personally.. but i have used 11d. Their website says it in black and white. Like i said you need the server software plus the agent at worst, but I was under the impression you did not need an extra agent if the stuff you were backing up was local.

Symantec have their own forums - maybe post a question there?
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sraleyAuthor Commented:
yes but the school can't afford both the server and the agent software together, thats why this conversation is still proceeding since no one has suggested another solution.
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James MontgomeryCommented:
Maybe something like backupassist is what you need. It's light on the wallet and feature rich:

http://www.backupassist.com/education/

Note that since exmerge functionality change between exchange 2003 and 2007 (it cannot run on the same machine as exchange 2007) their mailbox level backup and restore is or is about to enter beta for ex2007.

I'd say trry them out as they have a free trial
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