How to properly backup Exchange 2007
Posted on 2013-02-01
I'm using Backup Exec 2012 to backup my Exchange 2007 and before that, I used the Windows 2008 R2 built in backup. I always backed-up the whole thing but I think that doing it not only stresses the server unnecessarily, it is actually pointless. Correct me if I'm wrong.
Looking at countless web pages, I cant find the definitive answer for the following question.
What should I backup in Exchange 2007.
Some people mention system state, some people say C drive where others are saying to just backup Exchange folder in Program Files.
Can someone explain me what really needs to be backed up and for what purpose?
In my opinion I should only backup 2 things:
Microsoft Information Store - which will be an Exchange aware backup of my databases
System State - to restore some parts of Exchange configuration like OWA which is not stored in Exchange.
And that's pretty much it. Everything else is stored in AD.
It would be great if someone with Backup Exec experience (especially 2012 version) could answer these additional questions:
1. In the selection list for Exchange agent, I can see my physical drives, System State and Microsoft Information Store. Am I right thinking that just by selecting 'Microsoft Information Store' I will be able to do all types of restore of exchange data ? I mean, single items, whole mailboxes or whole databases. I don't have to include physical database folders in my selection list, right ?
2. I read about this and I would like to confirm it - if I will not restore my Exchange server using the AD stored data but I will just create a new one, am I right thinking that I can redirect the restore my whole databases into the new server ?
That is pretty much it. I will be really thankful for any comments, good tips, suggestions regarding Exchange 2007 backup.