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Separate Exchange and File Server using local USB Drives

Created: 10 Dec 2012 • Updated: 12 Feb 2013 | 1 comment
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We have an Exchange 2010 Server where the Small Business Edition of Backup Exec 2012 is installed on a Windows 2008 R2 Standard Server.  It (now) has (5) local USB drives attached for all backups.  We also have a separate Windows 2008 Standard Server on the same LAN being used as a File Server.  It has the Backup Exec Agent Utility for Windows installed.  Both Servers ar appearing separately on the Backup and Restore tab under Serves.

What I want to do is be able to create a Full Backup Job for each day of the week on each respective USB drive.  I would like it to include only the Microsoft Information Store on the local Exchange Server and the D: data drive on the networked File Server (for now, not to include Disaster Recovery options).  I have limited space on the USB Drives and they won't fit the contents of both servers.  They're virtual VMware Guests and the machine's files are backed up using another method.  I need to be able to restore just the data -- not the entire server.  

Here's the problem: In addition to the local Server, I believe we used to be able to select and include networked Servers in the same Backup Job but it now appears we can't?  If I try and create a Job from the Exchange Sever details screen, I can't select drives on the File Server and vica versa.  I even tried using Groups and creating a new Backup Job under Group All Servers.  Yes, it includes both servers but the source options are combined under the Entire System checklist.  I can't just check Microsoft Information Store on one and the D: drive on the other server.

Do I have to create two Backup Jobs for each day and each USB Drive -- one for each server -- and try to schedule them back to back manually?

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pkh's picture

BE 2012 is server-centric so one job can only handle one server.  You would need to create jobs for each sever.

When you group servers and create jobs, you can still click on each individual server and edit the job.  So you can edit the job for your Exchange server and edit it to include only the MS Information Store and the D: drive.

For your USB drives, you can put them in a device pool so that all your jobs can target this pool.  See my article below