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Exchange licensing and restores

Created: 13 Jan 2014 • Updated: 23 Jun 2014 | 4 comments
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I recently upgraded an BE 2010 R3 server to BE 2012 and it's running quite well. 2 servers being backed up are running Exchange 2012 and SQL 2012.

The licenses for Applications and Databases were obtained after BE 2012 was up and running for a few weeks. My question is now that the licenses have been installed, is there anything that needs to be done for the Exchange and SQL servers so that they will be backing up using those licenses so for example individual Exchange mailboxes or SQL databases can be restored?


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Colin Weaver's picture

You should be good to go

Basically what is installed on an Exchange or SQL server is the same program code whether or not you are fully licensed or in evaluation (or evalauation expired) The job config is also thee same whether fully licensed or in eval.

The licensing is activated and controlled from the media server not from the remote, as such by adding the license to the media server you have changed from evaluation to fully licensed without needing further action,. If you had gone to evaluation expired, yes jobs would have stopped running but adding the correct licenses would fix that.

BTW you can restore in evaluation mode as well (as long as the eval period has not expired)

pkh's picture

Note that currently there is no GRT support for Exchange 2013 which I think you are using.  See the SCL below

BE 2012 SCL

This means that you cannot restore individual mailboxes.  You got to wait for BE 2012 R2 which is due to be released in the middle of the year. See these blogs

JLeslie's picture

So what is the purpose in paying money for the A&D license if you can't restore individual mailboxes? It seems like a waste of money to me as I don't see any advantage of having the license.


pkh's picture

At least you get to backup and restore the entire information store. I suspect that when R2 is released, your license would still be valid and you then then use it for GRT