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I spent 3 days to recover just a single mailbox using Recovery Storage Group.
It's a pain to restore bkf file to RSG.
I run Windows Backup as a scheduled task to back up Exchange server.
Is there a way for better backup to skip restoring bkf file to RSG? I can copy and paste edb and stm files, but it doesn't allow when the edb is mounted. And there are some log files in the RSG folder, seems like transaction log which I can ignore..
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I think the easy of use issue here is the version of Exchange you are using (2003). 2003 was fine in its time, however with newer versions of Exchange like 2013/2016 there are SEVERAL new methods to ensure database HA/Resiliancy and ease of restore and also database protability.

Because you are on Exchagne 2003 you have limited feature sets to work with and this technology is now 13 years old. So unless you are using some sort of backup software that still can work with Exchagne 2003 you are forced to go down the route of RSG.

Another thing is Exchange 2003 is no longer supported which is another issue.

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Will, I'm not a dumb thinking 13 year old technology still in place is fine.
I work them, I get paid, I do what they want.
Previously you replied non related answers to my question, had to close the question.
Focus on what they ask for when you reply.
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Will, I'm not a dumb thinking 13 year old technology still in place is fine.

You asked for solutions around working with Exchange 2003. IT IS LIMITED in what you can do period. You stated that using the recovery method with Recovery Storage Groups was difficult and painful.
I spent 3 days to recover just a single mailbox using Recovery Storage Group.
 It's a pain to restore bkf file to RSG.

You also stated.

I work them, I get paid, I do what they want.
Ultimately, i assume you are in charge of the IT infrastructure and should make recommendations for upgrades, design etc to ensure that the business IT  needs are being met. If you simply let the old technology "run until it dies" mind frame then you are going to have hard ships of specific tasks i.e. like "recovery" where in newer versions they have easier methods built-in natively.

Also you may find that there "might" be 3rd party prodcuts out there that backup Exchange but even vendors try to keep compliant with versions of software that are actually supported.

Previously you replied non related answers to my question, had to close the question
It was very clear how you worded the question which is why i responded the way I did. You had mentioned that you did not explain the questions properly and were going to create a new question.

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Will, my question was  '!s there a way for better backup to skip restoring bkf file to RSG?'
Your advice to move to upper version is too easy, out of realm for my question.
If that was a solution, I probably didn't post my question.

Will, stay away from my question, I had bad experience with your replies.
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Will do.

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