Can I use VERITAS Backup Exec 10.0 for Exchange Server 2003?

Hello EEs,

I got one exchange server sbs 2k3 installed with VERITAS Backup Exec 10.0 (Shadow Copy enabled on C:)

Can i use it to take exchange Backup?

What all I have to backup in exchange 2k3?

If yes kindly advice how to configure it for the first time with exchange for any disaster recovery, if my exchange fails to startup.

awaiting for your earlier reply

Many thanks

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Shreedhar EtteCommented:

You can use VERITAS Backup Exec 10.0 to backup Exchange 2003. However you need install the  Agent for Exchange Server first.

Refer this article:
How to configure a Microsoft Exchange 2000 and 2003 individual mailbox backup for Backup Exec 10.x

I hope this helps,
agreed - if your BackupExec is Exchange aware (meaning it's the regular version with Exchange agent) or the SBS version, it'll work fine.

I run Backup Exec 10 (the SBS version) on one of my SBS 2003 boxes.
If you purchase the Small Business Server version of Backup Exec it will be able to do it out of the box.  If you just buy Backup Exec for Windows Servers, you will need to add the Exchange agent at considerable extra cost.
1) Yes, you can use Backup exec 10 for exchange 2003 server.
Backup configuration for Exchange 2003:
1) You can configure Full, Incremental or differential backups for Storage group, public folder and Mailbox level.

To decide which backup methods to use, consider the following:
a) In small office environments with relatively small numbers of messages passing through the system, a daily full backup will provide good data protection and the quickest recovery. If log file growth becomes an issue, consider using incremental online backups at midday to provide an added recovery point and manage the log file growth for you automatically.
b) In large environments, incremental backups should be used to provide more frequent recovery point options throughout the day and to manage log file growth.

Disaster Recovery for Exchange 2003
¿ The storage groups and databases must already exist on the target server, and have
the same names as the original storage groups or databases.
The target server must have the same Organization and Administrative Group name
as the source server.
¿ The target databases must be configured so that they can be overwritten. Using the
Exchange System Manager utility, right-click the database you want to overwrite,
click Properties, and then on the Database tab, select This database can be
overwritten by a restore.

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