How to manually backup Exchange 2007 database

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Anyone know how to manually backup Exchange 2007 database?



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USe the built-in Backup utility, (Accessories, System Tools, backup), click backup tab, look microsoft Exchange Server, and check all the Microsoft Information store under the proper server.
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One can or could backup the EDb files, but the restore process is a pain.  I've done it but it ended up being a Microsoft KB for a previous version of Exchange. Having done it both ways, I MUCH prefer the recommended methods.
The best is to use NTBackup, Windows Backup or another Exchange friendly backup program such as CA ARCserve or BackupExec.  The first two come with the OS.
Restoring from Exchange friendly backups is pretty easy.
BTW, Quest has a product that works directly with a Recovery Storage Group database, both individual mailboxes and the journal mailbox.
 - Tom

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We can not get into Exchange Management to run it. That is why we need to back it up  manually.


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the backup utility is actually a built-in utility on the OS level,  not exchange level.

Therefore, as long as you can log in the OS, you can use the utility (assume you do have administrative rights).

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Vulcan,
Dude gave the menu to run the free backup utility that comes with most WIndows OSes.  For Server 2008, you use Windows Server Backup, which uses an MMC interface.
 - Tom
We can not get into Exchange Management to run it. That is why we need to back it up  manually.

You can mount the edb file on an another server, that is one option.

http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Moving-Exchange-Server-2007-database-Mailbox-servers.html
Tom ScottConsultant

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May I assume that you are trying to backup a crashed Exchange server's mailbox database?
 - Tom
Hey Vulcan,

The backup software that comes with windows 2008 is not installed by default.
If you want to install this you need to right click on "my computer" and click "manage".
this will start the server manager. In the server manager , select " add Features". One the next screen scroll down to where you see  "windows server backup features". you will need you windows 2008 CD and a server restart.

From there it's pretty easy.

cheers

Jacques

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