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v5: How to backup Exchange databases

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v5: How to backup Exchange databases

This article demonstrates how to backup Microsoft Exchange server databases

Macrium Reflect Server Plus allows you to backup select databases on the local Microsoft Exchange Server. Remote backups are not possible.
NB: Macrium Reflect requires the Microsoft Exchange Information Store service to be installed and running in order for successful database backup to function.

Selecting Microsoft Exchange databases for backup

1. On the main Backup interface within Macrium Reflect, click the 'Backup Microsoft Exchange' link:

2. The 'Microsoft Exchange Backup' wizard should now be shown. A Microsoft Exchange 2007 example topology is shown below:

3. Click the check box to the left of an item to select it for backup. For Microsoft Exchange 2007 and earlier you must select storage groups to backup, this will include all the databases in the selected storage group. For Microsoft Exchange 2010 and later, you must select individual databases to backup. The 'Selected for backup' text updates to show totals for backup. Please see the example image in Step 2 (above).

4. Optionally click the 'Select All' link below the list of Microsoft Exchange topology tree to include all items.

5. Optionally click the 'View Files' link to see the list of files that make up the currently selected item. The Exchange Component File List dialog is shown. Files are grouped according to type and show last date modified along with size. Each category of files will show total size. Groups of files can be expanded/collapsed by clicking the plus/minus button to the left of the file type name.

6. Enter the destination Folder of the backup. Exchange backups cannot be stored on optical media.

7. Click the 'Alternative Locations' link if backing up to a folder and you want to set different locations should the primary target location not be available.

8. Click Next to proceed to the summary page of the backup wizard. This lists all storage groups/databases selected for backup along with the settings of the backup (email notifications, target locations, etc). If you need to modify select default settings for the backup click the 'Advanced Options' link.

9. Click Finish to start the backup, you are prompted if you want to save the backup settings to a definition file.

Offline Exchange Databases

Exchange databases that are not mounted will still be shown in the Exchange Backup Wizard and may be selected for backup. However, at point of backup VSS will not include any unmounted databases in the snapshot and the Exchange backup will fail as a consequence. If you want these databases to be included in the backup then either ensure the databases are mounted at point of backup or use established recovery mechanisms to bring the affected databases into a clean shutdown state.

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Last Modified:24 Jun 2014

Last Modified By: Scott

Type: Tutorial

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