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Types of Microsoft Exchange Server Backups

Types of Microsoft Exchange Server Backups

Microsoft supports different types of backups for their Exchange Servers. They can be categorized into two major types; online and offline backups. Both of these categories have several subcategories, which are mentioned below:

Online Backups

When Microsoft Exchange backups are performed while the exchange services are running, the backup is called an online backup. The biggest benefit of online backups is that, you don’t have to stop any of the services of the Exchange Server to perform this backup. But, the files that are being used by the running services will be skipped in the backup.

You can use a combination of the Exchange Agent or Exchange-aware, and CloudBacko, to perform online backups of your Microsoft Exchange Servers. There are four different types of online backups available for Exchange Server database.

  1. Full Backup: In a full backup, the whole directory or exchange store will be backed up; including the log files. This backup marks the backed up elements so incremental and differential backups can be performed later.
  2. Copy: A copy backup is similar to the full backup with one exception- no objects are marked when they are backed up.
  3. Incremental: Incremental backup lets you backup subsets of objects that have changed since the last full backup. To back up from incremental backup, you need the incremental backup and a normal backup.
  4. Differential: This type of backup is used to backup the changes in the directory that have happened since the last full backup. A normal backup and differential backup are required to restore data from differential backups

Offline Backups

Offline backups are backups of Exchange Servers, which are performed when there are no exchange services running. This allows the backup software, like CloudBacko, to have access to the entire database. There are two different types of offline exchange backups:

Planned Backups: These backups are performed after properly shutting down all of the exchange services. Planned backups result in consistent and reliable backups.

Unplanned Backups: Unplanned backups become necessary when your Microsoft Exchange Server fails. If a failure occurs, this is the only option you are left with.

You can use CloudBacko, to perform all of the Exchange Server backups mentioned above. With the use of this backup software, the process will be simplified and your data will be more secure.

Microsoft Exchange Server Backup Tips

CloudBacko Pro provides an add-on module to back up Microsoft Exchange Server, both for the whole database or selected individual mailboxes. CloudBacko Pro supports multi-destination concurrent backup, continuous backup of database and individual mailboxes, unlimited mail-level backups and directly restore from backup to original database.

Here are two tips to back up Microsoft Exchange Server.

Tip 1: Check that you have installed the MAPI Client and CDO 1.2.1 on the MS Exchange Server

As Microsoft has pulled out the Microsoft Exchange Server Messaging API (MAPI) client libraries and Collaboration Data Objects (CDO) 1.2.1 from Microsoft Exchange 2007 base product installation, Microsoft provides download page from here for access to these API.

CloudBacko Pro requires these libraries be installed. If these libraries are missing, the following error will be shown.

Missing CDO Object Error

Tip 2: Check that the Windows account used have sufficient permissions to access the Exchange mail boxes.

On the Windows with CloudBacko Pro installed, CloudBacko Pro requires sufficient permission to access the Exchange mail boxes. If the Windows account lacks permission, add the user account to the Domain Admins, Enterprise Admins, and Exchange Organization Administrator groups as shown in the following screen. Then log out and log in the server again.

Exchange Mail Permission Setting

Infograhic: How to make Google Drive 10X better for backup

How to make Google Drive 10X better for backup (with CloudBacko)

Google Drive now offers 15GB free cloud storage space for each user account. It also offers free app for syncing files across devices. But it is not designed for backup purpose. It would be 10x better if you can:

1x. Combine multiple Google Drive accounts as one big pool of cloud storage.
2x. Add more to the pool when you’re running out of space.
3x. Encrypt the filenames of your data on your computer before uploading to the combined.Google Drive cloud storage, so that no one will know what you have backed up.
4x. Encrypt the contents of your data too.
5x. Use an unbreakable encrypting key that contains a bunch of upper case and lower case characters, numbers as well as special characters to encrypt your data.
6x. Backup only the changes within a file so as to minimize the time required.
7x. Keep multiple versions of your backup data so that you can always choose what version to restore.
8x. Configure the bandwidth for backup so that it won’t consume all your available bandwidth.
9x. Frequently check the data integrity of your backup to ensure restorability.
10x. Besides files, also backup VMware, Hyper-V, Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL Database, and other databases that you have.

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