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copy exchange onto another server using Windows Server Backup

I currently have two identical servers, one of which has exchange 07 on it.  They both have server 08 Standard on them.  I'm going to use Doubletake to replicate the exchange 07 data.
Server A, with exchange 07, is on the local network and server B is VPN connected to the domain at an off site secure backup location.  My question is, can i backup server A using Windows Server backup and then restore it to server B, Change the IP and server name and reconnecting to the domain.  Will this work and if not, why?
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8/22/2022 - Mon

Exchange Server cannot be backed up using Windows Server Backup, so I guess the simple answer to your question is No.
Daniel Tidwell

Why can't the exchange be backed up and where is the documentation to support it.  I couldn't find any
Daniel Tidwell

Is there another progran I can use to backup my entire server and software?
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William Peck

More information under the heading Exchange-aware backups over at http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/2008/03/05/448338.aspx.

As for other software, Backup Exec's Exchange Agent is just one example which springs to mind.

Naga Bhanu Kiran Kota


as far as i see you already have doubletake to do the replication. Why dont you simply have both the machines in one location and do the initial replication which otherwise on the wan link may take a long time and then move the server out to the WAN location.

Coming to your question of backup you can use symantec backup exec or CA ARCserve or Comvault galaxy IBM tivoli and so on. The backup can recover your exchange server in case of disaster. Doubletake is altogether a different process, it gives you high availability i.e if you server crashes you can fail over the exchange services to the replica server.

Hope this gives you a clear understanding.

Daniel Tidwell

could I ghost the system and restore it to the new server? What would be the chalenges
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Naga Bhanu Kiran Kota


Ghosting the system or backup and restore of the system is a alternative to bring the server online with a time delay. This will work as a disaster recovery scenario.

But replication is not the same i mean doubletake is a software cluster unlike microsoft cluster services which is a os cluster.

check this link which would give you a good idea on how to recover exchange with a ghost image.


But if you try to restore from a backup onto the exchange check the possible errors



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