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Looking for suggestions for a good cloud backup solution for Windows Small Business Server that also compatible with Microsoft Exchange and clears exchange logs after backup completed
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TimberJon earned 334 total points
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I'm considering AppAssure, owned by Dell. It's the only solution that I could find which allows granular level restoration of Exchange mailboxes. Also I believe it can do backup and restore operations while the DB is active. You just need a storage host - which they have some recommendations for - the Core installed on-site (I think its recommended to be on its own dedicated box) and client on the storage end. Take a peek, ask them for a demo and good luck.

Oh I tried to verify that AppAssure truncates logs and found this:
https://support.software.dell.com/kb/117425 
It is a pretty comprehensive program from the demo and literature I looked at about 6 months ago. Note at the bottom of that link the Exchange versions supported, since you did not relay which version you are working with.
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by:Simon Butler (Sembee)
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The solution I have in place on two sites now is a combination of products.

Backup Assist does the backup job. I have been using that for years and it also integrates with the SBS console. Backup Assist is fully Exchange aware.

It backs up to a cloud storage provider, doesn't matter which one and if I don't like one, or find the performance is slow, I can just drop them for another.

On one of the two sites I also do a local backup, again full Exchange database. Then if something needs to be restored I can get it back easily and the off site copy is just there for site loss.

Oh and none of this granular backup/restore nonsense. Granular restore is basically brick level backup. Slow, inefficient and close to useless. Turn up deleted item retention in the database and the reasons for doing a restore pretty much disappear.

Simon.
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by:TimberJon
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Well I can't match experience with the great Sembee, but next to useless, slow and inefficient?

Consider this: http://www.backupassist.com/images/diagrams/exchange-restore-infographic.jpg
As found here: http://www.backupassist.com/BackupAssist/exchange-granular-restore-more.html#oldvsnew

And see the AppAssure functionality at work here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wnRkdv35cY

Not sure how they compare, but far from useless even in an SMB environment.
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by:Simon Butler (Sembee)
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That is a sales pitch from a vendor who wants to sell you the upgrade.
Useless - they are totally useless for disaster recovery.
Slow - they are backing up each item in turn, so that is a very slow way of doing things.
Inefficient - usually they are duplicating everything that you already have in a full database backup.

As I wrote above, turn up DIR and you rarely need to recover anything. Outside of DR I haven't had to recover a single item for well over five years.

If you are backing up to the cloud, where the time of the backup and the space it takes is crucial, then it can be an expensive waste of both. I would consider granular recovery a luxury, not a necessity.

Simon.
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