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Exchange Backup to Disk How To

Created: 25 Mar 2013 • Updated: 26 Mar 2013 | 1 comment
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On Backup Exec 2010 R3 w/ Exchange 2007 I need help understanding a few configuration parameters and best practice for back-to-disk.

 

 

Here's what I configured:

- Create new folder called "B2D-Exchange" and configure a B2D folder to point to it, 4GB max file size, 100 max # of backup sets, 1 concurrent operation, low disk threshold of 5GB.

- New Media Set named "Allow Overwrite", 5 days overwrite protection and 5 days append period, no vault rule.

- Create new job policy with 2 jobs (full and incremental), I'm noting specific options that I modified from default:

"Full" job properties:
Device and Media - Device=B2D-Exchange
Device and Media - Media Set=Allow Overwrite
Device and Media - When this job begins=Overwrite media
General - Backup method=Full - Using archive bit (reset archive bit)
Advanced Open File - Use AOFO + Microsoft VSS + Automatic
Microsoft Exchange - Backup method=Full - Database & Logs (flush committed logs)
Microsoft Exchange - Use Backup Exec GRT

"Incremental" job properties:
Device and Media - Device=B2D-Exchange
Device and Media - Media Set=Allow Overwrite
Device and Media - When this job begins=Overwrite media
General - Backup method=Full - Using archive bit (reset archive bit)
Advanced Open File - Use AOFO + Microsoft VSS + Automatic
Microsoft Exchange - Backup method=Incremental - Logs (flush committed logs)
Microsoft Exchange - Use Backup Exec GRT

 

Objective:

- Full backup every Sunday and Thur at 6pm (takes about 12-15hr to complete)
- Incremental backup every 6 hours everyday (takes about 2-3hr to complete)
- Minimize the space needed but also to ensure there's always a full backup set on B2D volume ready for restore
- Duplicate to tape job would need to be setup after B2D is configured correctly

Problem:

- Not sure how the media set overwrite and append values should be to minimize space needed.
- Must ensure my full backup does is protected from being overwritten prematurely leaving me without a good backup set on disk.

 

Thanks for your time.

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pkh's picture

Your setting looks fine.  I don't think you can shorten the OPP anymore.

You might want to set up a separate media set for your full backup and set the OPP longer.  This will enable you to recover mail from further back.  As it is right now, you can only recover to about a week back.

You should not enable AOF for your Exchange backup jobs.

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