Backup Exec 2012 vs Exchange Servers + DAG
I need to know what is the best practice for backing-up an Exchange Structure that is using DAG. Here is how we are setup and need to know what should be done vs what we are actually doing. thanks in advance for your help.
This config should be quite basic and should be common to most config so i won't go in details. The people who are used to it will understand.
We have 2 Exchange servers. 1 primary server and 1 secondary server that are configured with the DAG feature.
We have the following backup jobs configured:
friday = DAG full backup to disk + copy to tape
Exchange1 server full backup (every partitions) to disk + copy to tape
Exchange2 server full backup (every partitions) to disk + copy to tape
monday to thursday = DAG Incremental backup to disk + differential to tape
Exchange1 server incremental backup (every partitions) to disk + differential to tape
Exchange2 server incremental backup (every partitions) to disk + differential to tape
I may be wrong but I consider the DAG as the "content" (the data) and the Exchange servers as the "container" (the Database structure)
My concern is that I think I am backing-up that "data" on each backup job. Am I right ? and is it the right way to do it.
If I have to restore the servers, following a disaster, I the "container" to be present in order to be able to restore the "content" (the data).
but on a daily basis, If I only need to restore data, why backing up the whole thing each time.
I am a bit confused about the best practice, backing-up Exchange structure.
Can someone help me please ?