SBS 2003 Backup Exchange

I have a SBS 2003 which is running backup fine every night.

It has three partitions, with the current 'data' sizes in brackets;

C: Main system Partion (18GB)
B: Which is a data drive (40GB)
E: Which contains the exchange information store only (24GB) - installed on the E: when the server was configured.

So total data size for the backup would be about 82GB.

I can see that in the backup (ntbackup) logs that we're backing up approx 116GB which looking through I can see that we're backing up C, B & E and then also backing up the first information store as well, so in effect - backing up the E: drive twice.

My question is should I exclude the E: drive from the backup configuration - however, I don't want to stop the backup of the first information store either. I'm assuming that ntbackup will continue to back the information store up irrespective of whether the drive has been excluded or not.

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In the NT Backup you can do selection for what you want, so you can select the exchange information store from the NT Backup, on the selection you have to expand the information store till the end to be able to tick it.

but for a safe backup if you dont have too many users, backup up emails one by one, by going to the outlook on each email, and file --> import/export --> and then choose to export the emails to pst files, this is the best backup if you dont want to pay for a software backup.
foxpc123Author Commented:
I'm happy with the way ntbackup works in that it backs up every night.

The question I'm asking is that it appears to be backing up C,B & E as well as the first information store (which coincidentally is the only thing on E:).

So if I exclude E: do I exclude the information store by default behaviour is the question?
Yes, if you did not include E in your backups (& that is where the store databases are located) you would not be backing up exchange.
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Although, if you are selecting the *Information store* under Microsoft Exchange Server when backing up *using ntbackup* then it should backup the info store database even if you don't have the E drive selected.
I am sorry I did not read your original question thorougly. So, you are using Ntbackup to backup your sbs 2k3 server. If you have selected the appropriate store under Microsoft Exchange Server, then there is no need to select the E drive.  
foxpc123Author Commented:
O.K. thanks I'll exclude the E: drive from the wizard selection and report back on the backup progress this evening.
With NTBackup if you have the information store selected specifically that will backup regardless of if you have the drive it is on selected.

so you can backup C and B and the Information store OR C, B and E.
foxpc123Author Commented:
It turned out in the end that you can't run the backup without selecting the E: drive first in any case, so is a little strange why this behaviour occurs.

If you try to run the backup and de-select the E: drive, it won't allow the backup wizard to run, as it considers the E: drive to be a critical disk and so it's not possible to stop this.

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foxpc123Author Commented:
didn't really get to the bottom of this - however, it is a nice to know rather than a necessity.
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