Monday, August 30, 2010

Back up Microsoft Exchange 2010 using Windows Server Backup(step by step guide)-- Part3

Specify where the backup should be saved

Specify where the backup should be saved
When you choose the remote backup option, you need to specify where the backup should be saved. On this screen, you'll note that backups are being written to a server named Backup and to a folder named MAIL3 on a share named Exchange10. In the Access Control section of the window, the Inherit option is selected, indicating that anyone who has access to the shared folder also has access to the backup file. As such, set carefully controlled share and NTFS permissions on the resource.

Provide credentials for the remote backup location

Provide credentials for the remote backup location
For a remote share, you need to provide a user name and a password that has access to the backup destination.

Review your backup selections

Review your backup selections
Finally, the confirmation page appears, providing you with an opportunity to review your backup selections. When you're done, click the Finish button.

Details about the next scheduled backup

Details about the next scheduled backup
When you get back to the backup console, you can click the View Details link under Next Backup to see details about your pending backup. This screen shows this detail window for the backup we just created.

Backup Once options

Backup Once options
If you'd like to kick off a manual backup before the next scheduled backup, go to Action | Backup Once. On the first page of the Backup Once Wizard, you're asked how you want to run the backup. Do you want to use the same options you used for your scheduled backup, or do you want to choose different backup options?

Backup summary page

Backup summary page
The Backup Once Wizard provides you with a summary page. Click the Backup button to begin the backup process.

Backup status page

Backup status page
During the backup process, this window will display on the screen so that you can watch backup progress.

The backup is complete.

The backup is complete.
At the end of the process, you'll see a final completion page.

Restore process

Restore process

Proof
How do you actually know that Exchange was appropriately backed up? That's revealed during the restore process. Although I'm not covering restores here, I will share this screen; it shows that the Exchange application was backed up and that, specifically, the database on the server named MAIL3 was the one that was saved.

Summary
While suitable mostly for small organizations and those running pilots, the Windows Server Backup utility can be a great way to back up your Exchange 2010 server without having to invest more dollars in software.

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