Advice on backup of Exchange 2007

Hello all,

We are deploying Exchange 2007 servers and have had some discussion regarding the proper backup and recovery of the system.  What is the cleanest and easiest way to recover from a server failure with regards to Exchange 2007?  Right now, Local Continuous Replication looks great for DB recovery, but not hardware failure.  Is the best option Backup Exec with Exchange Agent?  

We are looking for simple and clean restore options so that we don't have to touch all the end user workstations.  All end users are using Outlook Anywhere (RPC over HTTP) in cached mode.  

Thank you--
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In the past with previous versions of Exchange i've always used backup software (Backup Exec, ARCServer Backup etc) with the Exchange Agent.

Just ensure that you back up 'Exchange Brick Level'. This will allow you to restore individual mailboxes as well as all of them in the event of a system failure...
You can do the same thing as brick levels by using Recovery storage groups, without spending the time each night or week. I've stopped doing the weekly many-hour brick level backup and do RSG restores if I need to restore an individual mailbox or folder.

Just an idea to help save time.


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