6 Replies Latest reply on Feb 19, 2009 8:40 AM by Ken.Cline

    Exchange 2007 - How are you backing it up?

    Ken.Cline Champion

       

      I'm interested in learning how people are backing up their E2K7 environments that are running within VMware. Could you please let me know how you're backing up your's?

       

       

      1. How large is your environment (# mailboxes, average mailbox size)

       

       

      2. What backup application are you using?

       

       

      3. Are you using VCB?

       

       

      4. How do you do your restores?

       

       

      5. Anything else you think that might be helpful.

       

       

      Thanks!

       

       

      Ken Cline

      Technical Director, Virtualization

      Wells Landers

      TVAR Solutions, A Wells Landers Group Company

      VMware Communities User Moderator

       

       

        • 1. Re: Exchange 2007 - How are you backing it up?
          DobsonConsulting Novice

           

          I have 200 mailboxes, I am doing CCR replication across the Atlantic and have about 8 SGs and DBs.

           

           

          I use EMC Replication Manager clones to the backup server, which backs up the EDB files and runs eseutil to reset the logs, etc.

           

           

          For restores I use Kroll Ontrack to read the EDB files and allow me to pick out individual emails, mailboxes, etc. and restore to a PST.

           

           

          Replication Manager is Exchange aware so it handles everything from the clone, to the backup.  The actual backup software used is Networker.  Replication Manager calls networker once the edb files are ready for backup. 

           

           

          • 2. Re: Exchange 2007 - How are you backing it up?
            fhpaschen Enthusiast

             

            We're running NetApp filers behind our VMware implementation so we use SnapManager for Exchange.

             

             

            We present iSCSI LUNs to the Exchange virtual machines that house the information stores.

            Using SnapManager for Exchange we create daily snapshots of the LUNs

            We use BackupExec for the weekly backups to tape using the Exchange agent

             

             

            Restores generally occur inside our snapshot retention period.  Here we FlexClone the LUN and present it to a second virtual machine running NetApp's Single Mailbox Recovery tool which is very much a rebranded Ontrack tool for opening the EDB files directly.  Once mounted, we can open the information store, find the data we need, and drag/drop copy to the live Exchange server.  

             

             

            We could probably eliminate BackupExec by using NDMP backups of the actual LUNs directly from the filer but haven't implemented that.

             

             

            Kevin

             

             

            1 person found this helpful
            • 3. Re: Exchange 2007 - How are you backing it up?
              Ken.Cline Champion

              Thanks! Keep them coming. Is anyone using VCB with VSS integration to do their E2K7 backups?

               

              Ken Cline

              Technical Director, Virtualization

              Wells Landers

              TVAR Solutions, A Wells Landers Group Company

              VMware Communities User Moderator

              • 4. Re: Exchange 2007 - How are you backing it up?
                DobsonConsulting Novice

                 

                The solution I mentioned above uses VSS, but not VCB.  For my non-Exchange VMs I am using ESX Ranger, which uses VCB and VSS to backup the entire VM.

                 

                 

                Sean

                 

                 

                • 5. Re: Exchange 2007 - How are you backing it up?
                  asatoran Champion

                   

                  Currently a very small Exchange 2007 server with just 5 mailboxes at a secondary location.  Backup with Backup Exec 12.5 to file.

                   

                   

                  Near term project for the main office is to upgrade from Exchange 2000 to 2007.  Currently using BE12.5 to VTL and LTO tape but will be installing VCB when we upgrade to 2007.  This is also a relatively small server.  Only 50 mailboxes.  Most mailboxes are in the 5MB range, with the managers in the 20MB to 200MB range, and the COO over 1.5GB.  :-O  But otherwise very small.

                   

                   

                  Because of the small server sizes,backup and restores are very basic. Full backups daily with bricklevel backup of all mailboxes so I'm able to restore individual mailboxes.

                   

                   

                  (Sorry, that probably wasn't the level of detail or complexity that you were looking for.  My operation is quite small.    )

                   

                   

                  1 person found this helpful
                  • 6. Re: Exchange 2007 - How are you backing it up?
                    Ken.Cline Champion

                    Thanks, everyone. I've awarded points, but would appreciate continued responses. This is an interesting topic and I'd like to hear more

                     

                    Ken Cline

                    Technical Director, Virtualization

                    Wells Landers

                    TVAR Solutions, A Wells Landers Group Company

                    VMware Communities User Moderator