Backup or Synchronize or create Offline Copy of Public Calendar Outlook 2003 Exchange 2003
Posted on 2009-04-13
Looking for common-sense suggestions/solutions for backing up/having an offiline copy and/or synchronizing a Public Calendar to something - for safe-keeping let's say.
For years, everything was written by hand in an old-school "Daily Diary". Now we use the Public Calendar to do our scheduling and tacking of jobs and client info.
I have a backup server that is replicating Public Folders I do nightly backup to Tape, but that is really only for DR.
What I am looking for is something where I can restore bits and pieces from, not restore the whoe MS Info Store.
I am looking for a low-maintenance (and hopefully low-cost) solution to having a backup of this calendar in case of server crash - or just loss in general.
I need to sleep at night knowing that I know where there is a complete untouched (and untouchable by anyone other than those permitted to) copy of our Public Calendar, for those times when people accidentally delete something, and are afraind to tell you, then too much time goes by and the default store has released it and there is no way to get it back (is there????). No "Recover Delete", no pfdavadmin, nothin.
I set my default retention to 30 days, because I have already been burned. I tried several solutions I found here on EE, and nothing helped because it was too late. Retention policy was over, and now that there are entries gone...
In a small company where not everyone is as savvy as we would like, and many employees traveling alot and lots of late nights and 3rd shift people editing things...it can be scary - makes you miss that old Diary...
So, how can I, hopefully without having to remember to do it myself everyday - keep a safe copy - that will update if not in real-time then at the beginning or end of day, and will be saved somewhere that is not only able to be restored or copied back if deleted (and to be able to copy back individual entries - not overwrite the whole store) but will also end up locally somewhere that I won't need my network to access it.
Are there any ideas out there?
If there isn't a homegrown way to do this simply - without spending more time than I would money on a 3rd party app - then please let me have your recommendations on 3rd party apps. If they do more than what I want, great, I would love to sync the Public Calendar with my BB reliably (without worrying about endangering the Public Calendar), but my main goal is just to know at the end of the day - should there be disaster - I know where my people are supposed to be and when and who is coming to our office and...