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how to backup exchange 2013 with Veeam

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I wonder if it is possible to select the DAG name to be backed up with Veeam instead of individual nodes? if so , then does that mean this will back up only Active nodes? Because in traditional cluster server, the Virtual name always points to an Active node (I am talking about traditional 2 node clusters, I have not used more than 2 node cluster in 2003 or 2008).

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Hello,

When using Veeam, you need to have a DAG member that only has passive copies of your databases and you need to backup that node. The reason for this is that Veeam will "stun" the node during the backup. This will cause issues with your DAG if you do this on a node with active database copies. The DAG will think that node is down and try to fail over the databases to another node.

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-- I guess that requires a dedicated server for just the passive databases and also storage just for the passive databases.
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I also asked if you can backup DAG with Veeam , I mean if it gives you option to select DAG name instead of nodes name ?
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Veeam works at the VM level, so no, you technically can't target the DAG, you need to target a VM. This article provides more info, including how you can mitigate any freeze issues if you are going to backup DAG members with active databases.

http://www.veeam.com/blog/how-to-backup-exchange-database-availability-groups-dags-with-veeam-backup-replication.html

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