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Windows Server Backup of Microsoft Exchange 2010

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hi there, i am trying to backup MS Exchange 2010 using Windows Server Backup in Windows Server 2008 R2.

It has now been running for 2 days and stuck on 'Running Consistency Check'.

There is, however, about 120GB of exchange log files.

Is there a way around this or a better way to backup Exchange 2010?
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Hi there,

First of all, although Windows Server backup can backup Exchange 2010; there are other products that can do better (e.g. MSFT Data Protection Manager).

Did you follow the guide to enable Windows Server Backup to backup exchange?

Either way; there are 2 options.
1. Take a backup of your database (which succeeds) and the log files will disappear.
2. If you delete the log files, you won't be able to restore your database to that point in time (Logs are committed automatically to the DB).

Grts,

Michael
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BTW: let me point out that deleting the log files is NOT a recommended option.
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hi there, yes, this is the article i followed. It is still stuck on the consistency check after 48+ hours.

Yes, i definitely dont wnat to delete the log files and would like to take a full backup of the Exchange DB.
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@MichaelVH

I agree with you. Let Exchange purge it automatically
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Try running the backup of only Exchange 2010 Information Store by disabling the Consistency Check in the Exchange tab in the Backup job properties and then see if the job is still getting stuck in Consistency check status.
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If you have 120GB of exchange log files then dependant on your server hardware it could easily take 2 days or more. Let it run its course.
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Exchange back-up started after leaving it to do its consistency check for a few days.
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