Maintaining and Troubleshooting

Back Up Exchange Data

To create a full backup of Exchange data, you must archive a copy of all databases on an Exchange server. Depending on your topology and what you have installed, the databases stored on a server include databases for Information Store, SRS, and KMS. Using Backup, you can create a full backup, back up a single storage group, or back up a single database.

To back up user data:

  1. If you have not already done so, prepare to back up Exchange.
  2. On the Start menu, point to Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Backup.
  3. On the Backup tab, in the console pane, navigate to Microsoft Information Store.


    1. Microsoft Exchange Server
    2. Server
    3. Microsoft Information Store
  4. To back up all databases on the server, select Microsoft Information Store.


    To back up a single storage group, double-click Microsoft Information Store, and then select the name of the storage group.


    To back up a single database, double-click Microsoft Information Store, click the name of the storage group that contains the database, and then in the details pane, select the name of the database.

  5. In Backup destination, choose a tape device. If you do not have a tape device installed, File is selected by default and cannot be changed.
  6. In Backup media or filename, click Browse. Select the removeable storage media, and then in File name, type a name for the new backup file.
  7. Click Start Backup. On the Backup Job Information dialog box, review the backup settings. To change the backup schedule, click Schedule. To select a Backup Type, click Advanced. When all settings are verified, click Start Backup.