Applies to: Exchange Server 2013
Topic Last Modified: 2013-01-21
Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 includes a plug-in for Windows Server Backup that enables you to make Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS)-based backups of Exchange data. You can use Windows Server Backup to back up and restore your Exchange databases.
What do you need to know before you begin?
- Estimated time to complete: 1 minute, plus the time it takes to
restore the data
- You need to be assigned permissions before you can perform this
procedure or procedures. To see what permissions you need, see the
"Mailbox recovery" entry in the Recipients
- When restoring a database to its original location, the
database can remain in a dirty shutdown state and be mountable by
the system. When restoring to an alternate location (such as the
recovery database), the database must be in a clean shutdown state.
You can bring a database into a clean shutdown state by using
Exchange Server Database Utilities (Eseutil.exe).
- For information about keyboard shortcuts that may apply to the
procedures in this topic, see Keyboard Shortcuts in
the Exchange Admin Center.
Use Windows Server Backup to restore a backup of Exchange
- Start Windows Server Backup.
- In the Actions pane, click Recover. The Recovery wizard
- On the Getting Started page, do either of the
- If the data being recovered was backed up from the server on
which Windows Server Backup is running, select This server
(ServerName), and then click Next.
- If the data being recovered wasn't from the server on which
Windows Server Backup is running, or if the backup being recovered
is located on another computer, select Another server, and
then click Next. On the Specify location type page,
select Local drives or Remote shared folder, and then
click Next. If you select Local drives, select the
drive containing the backup on the Select backup location
page, and then click Next. If you select Remote shared
folder, enter the UNC path for the backup data on the
Specify remote folder page, and then click Next.
- If the data being recovered was backed up from the server on which Windows Server Backup is running, select This server (ServerName), and then click Next.
- On the Select backup date page, select the date and time
of the backup that you want to recover, and then click
- On the Select recovery type page, select
Applications, and then click Next.
- On the Select application page, verify that Exchange is
selected in the Applications field. Click View
Details to view the application components of the backups. If
the backup that you're recovering is the most recent, the Do not
perform a roll-forward recovery of the application database
check box is displayed. Select this check box if you want to
prevent Windows Server Backup from rolling forward the database
being recovered. Click Next.
- On the Specify recovery options page, select where you
want to recover the data, and then click Next:
- Select Recover to original location to recover backed up
data to its original location. If you use this option, you can't
set a single database or multiple databases; all backed up
databases are restored to their original location.
- Select Recover to another location to restore individual
databases and files to a specified location. Click Browse to
specify the alternate location. If you use this option, you can
restore a single database or multiple databases into a custom
location. After being restored, the data files can then be moved
into a recovery database, and manually moved back to their original
location. When you restore databases to an alternate location, the
restored database is in a dirty shutdown state.
- Select Recover to original location to recover backed up data to its original location. If you use this option, you can't set a single database or multiple databases; all backed up databases are restored to their original location.
- On the Confirmation page, review the recovery settings,
and then click Recover.
- On the Recovery progress page, you can view the status
and progress of the recovery operation.
- Click Close when the recovery operation has
How do you know this worked?
To verify that you've successfully restored the data, do the following:
- Examine the target directory of the backup and verify that the
- On the server on which Windows Server Backup was run, verify
that the job completed successfully by viewing the backup logs.
- Open Event Viewer and verify that a restore completion event
was logged in the Application event log.