Exchange Server Hot Backup

Posted on 2009-12-30
Last Modified: 2012-05-08
Looking for a good, cost efficient, live backup for Exchange 2003.

This is for a small business that has 10 users. There is already a backup solution provided for all their data, except the fact that it can't backup the exchange databases while its running. I'm looking for a software that will do specifically that.

Thanks in advance.
Question by:kmaris15
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    by:Alan Hardisty
    If you are using SBS server, then you can use something like Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery Small Business Server Edition ( or Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Advanced Server SBS Edition (
    I have used Symantec Livestate for my 2003 server (and have customers using on their SBS boxes) and it works very well.
    Pricing wise - Acronis comes up at $499 according to their website and Symantec costs £305.65 with Basic (8 x 5 x 52 support) for the box product.
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    Accepted Solution

    Why not use the built-in SBS backup utility? It is capable of backing up Exchange while live.
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    The built in backup tool will do the job. It is Exchange aware. If you want something a little more sophisticated then Backup Assist is good. Based on the same engine as the built in backup tool, it provides a little more flexibility for the backup without the cost of Symantec's Backup Exec.

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    Hello kmaris15,

    A little bit expensive for ten user (around $800 to protect your server) but you will protect in realtime Exchange :

    Product page :

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