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Exchange backup question

Created: 05 Aug 2013 • Updated: 21 Aug 2013 | 3 comments
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Am I correct that when backing up Exchange 2010 to disk with BE2010 R3 that GRT is used and not AOFO?


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CraigV's picture


GRT is the means to do item-level restores of Exchange...AOFO is a means to backup open files. They're not the same.

That said, it is recommended that when backing up databases like Exchange, that you don't use AOFO. If need-be, and you're backing up data with Exchange that needs to use AOFO, split your backups off from each other.


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JLeslie's picture

Ok, I got the difference between GRT and AOFO. I'm not having any trouble with open files on backing up the Exchange server so I'm just going to leave things as-is. Thanks.


CraigV's picture actually shouldn't have issues backing up Exchange using AOFO. It comes into play when trying a restore so make sure those work.

I used AOFO with BE 12.5 and Exchange 2003 and the only way to restore (GRT-based) was via a manual duplication of the Information Store to disk. It wouldn't do it automatically.


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