Exchange 2003 backup

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Description: In this article I will show you how to Backup and Restore your Exchange Server databases with the help of the built-in NTBACKUP from Windows 2003. I will show you ...

In this article I will show you how to Backup and Restore your Exchange Server databases with the help of the built-in NTBACKUP from Windows 2003. I will show you the simplest form of Exchange Backup and Restore. For complete Exchange Server Backup and Recovery follow the links at the end of this article.

Windows 2003 has a Built-In Backup program called NTBACKUP which you can use to backup your Windows environment and when you had installed Exchange 2003 on this system, NTBACKUP is enhanced to allow backups of your Exchange Server databases.

  • Local and remote backup of data
  • Exchange Backup ready
  • Scheduled Backups
  • Volume Shadow Copy support
  • Integration with Removable Storgae from Windows 2003

How do you enhance NTBACKUP with the capability to Backup Exchange 2003 without installing Exchange Server?

You must install the Exchange System Manager on the Backup Server to backup Exchange Server. It is possible to backup the Exchange Server without Exchange System Manager with the following trick:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\BackupRestore\DLLPaths – REG_EXPAND_SZ - esebcli2 - c:\exchsrvr\bin\esebcli2.dll.

After modifying the registry you can use NTBACKUP to backup the remote Exchange Server by clicking – ToolsRemote Store .

It is possible to Backup Exchange Online or Offline. The recommended method is to Backup the Exchange Server Online. An online backup can backup the Exchange Server databases without the interruption of Exchange services.

An offline backup is a simple copy of the Exchange database files. The Exchange Information store must be stopped before NTBACKUP can be used to Backup your Information store.

Beginning with Exchange 2003 it is possible to do Exchange 2003 Volume Shadows Copy backups with 3 rd party Backup applications, but not with the built-in Windows Server 2003 NTBACKUP utility.

The Volume Shadow Copy service coordinates its communication between Requestors (backup applications), Writers (applications like Exchange Server 2003), and Providers (software or hardware components that create the shadow copies). To use the Volume Shadow Copy service to backup Exchange Server 2003, the backup program must include an Exchange Server 2003 aware Volume Shadow Copy service requestor. Because the NTBACKUP program has no such requestor, organizations must use third-party backup applications or implement Exchange 2003 SP1 in its organization.

  • Minimum selection is the storage group (SG) to truncate log files
  • VSC can create a Snapshot from multiple SG at the same time
  • You can choose the entire storage group or a single database or multiple databases from a single SG
  • Exchange 2003 RTM supports full backups and copy backups
  • All databases must be mounted to purge logfiles

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