I have been backing up my exchange 2003 databases with 11d for a while and it is taking a LONG time. I do know that I need to do an offline defrag to get rid of some white space but in the past few days backup exec has been stalling on "consistency check". Also, my exchange server is so tied up you cannot even open outlook on a client. The system manager on the ex server will not open stores either it is so busy. One question I do have is when I am selecting things to backup in the selection list I choose to backup the information store on the ex server do I also need to backup the drive where the edb files are located or is this just duplicating my efforts? I guess what I am asking is when I choose to backup the information store through backup exec are the edb already chosen therefore making my selection of the drive null. Make sense?