Exchange Server Backup
Backing up your Exchange Server is an important part of your disaster recovery planning. Here you can learn what you need to know about how Backup for Workgroups can backup your Exchange Server.
Why do I need a backup program to backup Exchange Server data?
Some people think you can just copy the Exchange database files and that will be enough. The problem is that Exchange Server locks it's database files which prevents normal file access activities. So you cannot simply copy the database files. You need a program that interacts with Exchange in order to properly create a backup copy of the Exchange databases.
What versions of Exchange Server can I backup with Backup for Workgroups?
Can Backup for Workgroups backup Exchange Server while it is running?
YES! Backup for Workgroups interacts with Exchange Server while it is running to backup the data without interrupting the flow of email through the Exchange Server. You are going to need to use the Open File Add-On software in combination with the Backup for Workgroups Client in order to backup Exchange Server while it is running.
What Backup for Workgroups software do I need to backup my Exchange Server?
No matter what version of Microsoft Exchange you are using, Backup for Workgroups can back it up. However, the manner in which the backup is done can vary depending upon the operating system of the server.
You will need to purchase the following software:
What do I need to backup to have a complete Exchange Server backup?
To make sure you can recover from any type of Exchange Server disaster, you need to backup the following elements in your Exchange Server environment:
What is meant by "Microsoft Exchange Server application data?"
The Exchange Server application data consists of a set of information stores. Each information store consists of three components: private store, public store, and all logs associated with the stores. Backup for Workgroups interacts with your Exchange Server to record what information stores are in use, and to organize the private store, the public store and the logs into a backup "object" or backup container to keep all of this information grouped together in a logical unit. Backup for Workgroups does this because if you need to restore your Exchange data, Exchange requires all databases to be consistent with the corresponding logs. Backup for Workgroups keeps track of the correlation between the stores and the logs for you, so you can easily restore your data.
What is the M: drive and do I need to include it in the backup process?
The M: drive was used by Exchange 2000 only. The M: drive was a view into the public folder database. If you are running Windows 2000 with Exchange 2000, you should NOT backup the M: drive. The contents of the M: drive are backed up as part of the backup of the Exchange data. As a result, if you were to include the M: drive in the backup process, it would be a duplicate backup. And, Microsoft recommends that you do not backup the M: drive and that you do not scan it with a virus scanner because it can cause data corruption.