standby exchange server


we have a small environment with one exchange 2010 server . due to licensing issues we wont be able to setup a DAG environment . ( that's it ! )

Our exchange server runs on standrad windows server 2008 in data centre . there is no way for us to upgrade this to enterprise edition of windows, so please do NOT advise me to go DAG cause it hurts me :)

we backup exchange every 8 hours but I am living with the fear of a disaster. Is there any method of having another exchange 2010 co-existing with this one ? something that we can restore backups to ?
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AmitIT ArchitectCommented:
I run several standalone Exchange 2010 server without any DAG. You just need db backup. In case of any disaster, you just need to reinstall the Exchange server with recover switch. Then restore the DB.

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Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
If you are restricted due to your licensing model and only have 1 Exchange server running in your environment, I would recommend doing an image level backup using backup software (Acronis, Falconstor, CA) which will take an entire image which you can restore in the event of a disaster.

If your exchange server fails you can restore the entire image easily with everything intact. There is also an option with the above backup software solutions called "bare metal restore", which allows you to restore your images to different hardware.

Another suggestion is if you have Exchange in a Vitrual environment, you could do something like snopshots which will create points in time that you can roll back to.

What type of backup solution you are using? You can use disk to disk backup solution to increase your backup frequency, Dell's appassure is cheap and ideal for small environments like yours

Any image based backup solution which is not exchange aware can not clear logs on exchange server after backup so use only exchange aware backup solution.

Another option is to periodically copy log files to network share using tool like robocopy  so you can replay logs to the database restored from last full backup.
akhalighiAuthor Commented:
Thank You all , we use DPM for the backup .
AmitIT ArchitectCommented:
The only recommended way to recover server is to use recover server option given by MS. Rest you can decide.
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