Maintaining and Troubleshooting

Back Up Exchange

To restore Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server from a backup copy, you must have copies of Exchange data, Exchange configuration data, and your Windows 2000 System State. Exchange data resides in database files for Information Store, KMS, and SRS. It includes e-mail messages saved in mailboxes, public folder data, and so on. Configuration data includes settings related to administrative groups, servers, security settings, and virtual server settings. Configuration data resides in Windows 2000 Active Directory, and the Windows 2000 registry. The system state contains the registry, the IIS metabase, and COM+ registrations.

Use Backup to create a full or partial backup of Exchange. Backup allows you to create backup files and schedule backups either using Backup Wizard or manually. Use the Backup wizard to easily schedule a backup. For all other tasks, use the Backup tab to manually back up Exchange. These procedures only discuss how to back up Exchange from the Backup tab.

Warning   The version of Backup that is provided with Windows 2000 cannot be used with Exchange. Read the Release Notes before performing a backup or a restore. The Release Notes contain the most up-to-date information about installing updates and fixes for Exchange 2000.

To back up Exchange:

  1. Prepare to Back Up Exchange
  2. Back Up Exchange Data
  3. Back Up Configuration Data

Tip   You can back up a server to any device that is compatible with Windows 2000, such as an external drive or tape device. The device must be directly connected to the computer running the backup program, but the Exchange server you are backing up can be located anywhere on the network. If you are backing up configuration data that is stored in Active Directory and the Windows 2000 registry, the device must be directly connected to the Exchange server you are backing up.

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