We just moved to Exchange 2010 from another mail system and have been using IDrive for years to back up our Documents & mail on a single windows server.
Previously we just stopped the services that access the mail database and then scheduled an incremental backup in Idrive resulting in small amounts of changed data being sent to idrive nightly. This system has worked fine for us but now that we on exchange 2010 things seem a little bit more complicated.
We were not sure what exactly what needed to be backed in exchange so Windows Server Backup seemed to fit the bill but it seems windows backup creates a new directory for each backup which will in turn result in duplicate amounts of exchange data being uploaded to idrive.
- Is ok to stop the exchange services and back up at file level with IDrive?
- How could a mailbox be restored in this scenario
- Do I need to worry about transaction logs
- Can you suggest a better way?
The server hosting exchange is W2008R2” running as a guest on ESXi 4.1
Note: We plan to make other backups of the server to a NAS device in addition to IDrive.