I have a Microsoft Exchange Backup question. We curently are running Exchange 2007 Server on a Windows 2008 Server. The backups are done on Symantec backup Exec versin 11d (Service Pack 3) and the backups are working just fine. Microsoft Exchange is working just fine as well. The Exchange Full Backups are being run on Sun, Mon, Tues, Wed, Thu, Fri. . These backups are stored on our SAN.
We are continuously running low on our current backup space(on the backup partition). One of the things I thought about was reducing the frequency of the Full Exchange Backups.
Right now, Full Exchange backups are running 6 times a week (Sun – Fri). We were thinking of changing that to once/week (on Fridays). Correct me if I am wrong; but, the only way we would use those FULL backups would be if we wanted to restore the state of everyone’s email boxes to that specific date correct?
Otherwise, if a user wanted to restore a specific e-mail that he/she deleted then that can be done by using the ‘Recover Deleted Items’ option under the ‘Deleted Emails’ Folder. We currenly have a recover deleted email policy to hold delted emails for 1 month. That means a user can delete an e-mail and then that user will have to manually empty that email out of the 'Deleted E-mails' folder and then can still recover that emptied email for 1 month.
In that case we could theoretically probably get away doing Bi-Monthly Full Exchange backups.
I was just wondering why would we need to do so many ‘Full Exchange Backups’?