VIDEO: NetBackup Support Screencast Demo: Configuring Exchange 2003 and Exchange 2007 Snapshot-based Information Store Backups with NetBackup 6.5

Article:HOWTO41849  |  Created: 2011-01-19  |  Updated: 2013-10-24  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO41849
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The video linked to is a part of the NetBackup Support Screencast Demo Video series.  It demonstrates Configuring Exchange 2003 and Exchange 2007 Snapshot-based Information Store Backups with NetBackup 6.5.
 
 
 
TRANSCRIPT OF VIDEO:
 
Welcome to the NetBackup Support Screencast Demo Video series.
 
These videos deliver how to demonstrations in a variety of NetBackup functions.
 
They assume fundamental NetBackup knowledge.
 
If you need basic NetBackup training, please go to http://education.symantec.com where you will be able to find a listing of instructor-led classroom training as well as self-paced computer-based courses for NetBackup.
 
This video is Configuring Exchange 2003 and Exchange 2007 Snapshot-based Information Store Backups with NetBackup 6.5.
 
For this demonstration, we will be using a master/media server running NetBackup 6.5.6 on Windows 2003 R2 SP2. We have an Exchange 2003 client running NetBackup 6.5.6 on Windows 2003 R2 SP2, and an Exchange 2007 client running NetBackup 6.5.6 on Windows 2008 R2. The Exchange 2003 and Exchange 2007 servers are both stand alone servers.
 
This video does not apply to:
Exchange 2010
Stream-based backups
NetBackup 7.0 or higher
 
First, we need to make sure that the NetBackup client service running on the client is running as an account that has the correct permissions to backup Exchange Information Store databases. For this video, the NetBackup client service is running as the default installed Local System Account. If a specific service account is needed for the NetBackup client service, we would need to make sure that account has Local System Admin privileges, as well as the proper Admin privileges in Exchange in order to be able to backup Information Store databases.
 
Policy Configuration
Now we will go ahead and configure a policy for the Information Store backup of the Exchange 2003 client and the Exchange 2007 client. We will bring up the NetBackup administration console, right click on Policies, and choose New Policy. This will bring up the Add a New Policy dialog and we will use "Exchange_IS_snap_backup" as the policy name. We are going to keep the option to use the wizard unchecked, and click OK. This will bring up the Add New Policy window where we will configure the new policy.
 
We start with the Attributes tab. We choose MS-Exchange-Server under Policy type. Under the Policy storage unit/lifecycle policy drop down choose the storage unit that you will back up to. We are choosing "DSU" for the Disk Storage Unit that had been configured earlier for this example. 
 
We will also check the check box for the Allow multiple data streams option, which will be explained further when going over the backup selection. 
 
Under Snapshot Client we will check the check box for the Perform snapshot backups option, and then click the Snapshot Client Options button which will bring up the Snapshot Client Options dialog box. Under the Snapshot method dropdown, we will choose VSS. The default settings under Configuration Parameters should normally be sufficient. Depending on the storage used for the Exchange databases, the NetBackup client may have a hardware provider VSS writer. By default, the hardware provider VSS writer is used for the snapshot. If this is not desired, then the Provider Type setting under Configuration Parameters should be changed from 0, which is the "auto" setting, to 1, which specifies the "system" setting. We click OK to save the snapshot settings.
 
Next we will click on the Schedules tab to create the appropriate schedule for a full backup. We click the New button to bring up the Add New Schedule window. Under Name we are going to use "Full" as the name of this schedule. Under the Type of backup, we will leave the Full Backup type. The four backup types are shown here:
Full Backup -  which backs up the Exchange databases and transaction logs and will then have Exchange truncate the logs after a successful backup;
Differential Incremental Backup - which backs up Exchange transaction logs only and then will have Exchange truncate the logs after a successful backup;
Cumulative Incremental Backup - which also backs up Exchange transaction logs only but will not have Exchange truncate the logs after a successful backup; and
User Backup - which will allow an Exchange backup to be initiated from the client during an open Start Window. 
 
We will leave the rest of the settings at their default, and will not be configuring a Start Window for the Full Backup schedule as we will be running the backup manually for this example. Both the Start Window and Exclude Dates settings do not need any Exchange specific settings, so those will not be covered further. Now we click OK to save the Schedule settings.
 
Next we will click on the Clients tab to add the Exchange 2003 and Exchange 2007 clients to the policy. We click on New and then enter the client name. After we enter the host name, we hit the <Enter> key on the keyboard, and the Hardware and Operating System columns are automatically populated as long as the Detect Operating System checkbox is checked.
 
Now we will click on the Backup Selections tab to configure the backup selection for this policy. We will click the New button to enter a backup selection, and then the button at the very right of the backup selection that looks like a hand pointing to the right. This will bring up the Select Directive dialog. Under the Directive set drop down we will leave the MS_Exchange_200x setting, and under the Directive drop down we will choose Microsoft Information Store:\, and then click OK
 
It is also recommended that an asterisk be entered at the end of the Microsoft Information Store:\ directive. We will do that here, and then hit the <Enter> key. Using the asterisk wildcard in this way, along with the checked Allow multiple data streams under the Attributes tab, will allow each Storage Group to run as its own backup job. This is recommended because it may increase the overall performance of the Exchange backup. Since backup performance is greatly dependant on the environment, however, this cannot be guaranteed. Now we click OK to save the policy.
 
Running the Backup
With the policy created, it is time to run the backup. We right-click on the newly created policy, and choose Manual Backup which brings up the Manual Backup dialog box. Now we click OK to start the backup, and OK again on the popup notification that a backup has started. If we click on Activity Monitor we can see a multiple stream parent job for each Exchange server. When we double-click the parent job and then click the Detailed Status tab, we can see the snapshot activity.
 
Ultimately, each parent job will create child jobs for each storage group on each Exchange server. However, because of the snapshot process, under some circumstances it can take seconds or even minutes for these child jobs to initiate.
 
 And here we see the backup jobs completing with blue men and a status 0’s which indicate that they are completing successfully.
 
Any final status other than 0 should be considered an unsuccessful backup for Exchange and the cause should be investigated. Such a backup cannot be relied upon for restores.
 
Length: 8:01
 



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