Exchange 2003 backup solutions

We are running in a Exchange 2003 standard SP2 in single server in a Windows 2003 standard edition  member server and only using the default first storage group .But ADS(Windows 2003 SP2  ,Single domain) is running in another server.

What is the easiest and cost effective way to backup the entire thing in this Exchange? Can be done with NT backup?

Also we have a Additional domain controller running as a backup for the ADS .Is there any additional configuration required in exchange server when the PDC goes down?

Thanks,
Sumesh

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F_A_H_DCommented:
i would recommend symantec backup exec  this is the best ... but see also mail archiver
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Kent WSr. Network / Systems AdminCommented:
Yes, it can be done with NTBackup.  I would also suggest, on the AD controller, backing up systemstate, as this will get your AD metadata also.

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sumeshbnrAuthor Commented:
Say my exchange server is down.What are the types of NT backup I need to have in handy?
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Kent WSr. Network / Systems AdminCommented:
Even with a Backup Exec restore, you will need at least a functioning install of the OS and Exchange runnning, then restore over that.  It's important to keeps paths the same.  
If you do an image based backup, then you can restore the whole machine, but it generally takes a good while, and it more prone to error.  Acronis has some pretty nice solutions for image / block level backups.
yash_varmaCommented:
If you have a system backup of the domain controller and a full exchange information store backup from the exchange server, you can restore things back to original conditon.

Both can be done using ntbackup.

When the exchange databases goes down and if AD is fine, you can restore the information store back up.
If AD goes down, you can restore the system state backup and additionally, if required, you can restore the exchange databases using the information store backup that was taken on the exchange server.
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