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What Backup solutions do people use for Exchange 2007? In particular i'm interested in those that allow a mailbox level backup, so that individual mailboxes can be restored.

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Are there also any Free solutions out there? –  Pure.Krome Apr 30 '09 at 8:22

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Microsoft's DPM is an amazingly good backup tool. It does mail box level backups for Exchange. In addition to being able to backup files, SQL Server, and SharePoint. The SharePoint backup is better than EVERY other tool out there (right down to file level).

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+1 on this. We use Tivoli for pretty much everything else, but they wanted thousands of dollars for Exchange backup based on their new "charge you more if you have better processors" licensing model. We went with DPM under our campus agreement for a fraction of the cost. –  Matt Jul 24 '09 at 15:44
    
Which version of DPM? We have DPM 2007 and Exchange 2003, and it only does whole stores. –  Bigbio2002 Mar 13 '12 at 17:24

SMB with ~500 mailboxes; running Exchange 2007 SP1 on W2K3 R2 64-bit VMs; using Local Continuous Replication; have been using NTBackup via Scheduler for 2 years without a hitch, backing up the LCR database and logs. Just began using NetBackup to handle all Exchange database backups.

FWIW, anyone looking for an NTBackup solution, I have our .bks and .cmd files freely available.

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We use Hp Dataprotector here.

It can backup mailboxes or database directly to tape. DP has worked flawlessly so far, but we do have a small exchange server: Exchange 2003 with a ~25GB data in mailboxes.

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We are using Windows 2003 NTBACKUP, I'm confident with it and it's free, just make sure that you also have a restore plan with docs to follow when problem arises.

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We use a small local companies appliance. www.revinetix.com

D2D2D backup style.

It does mailbox and mail level backup and restore. Been working great with Exchange 2007 for the last month or so. I can browse into the backup and restore any piece of mail. We like it because it doesn't have client license costs, they charge based on capacity, and it's fairly reasonable. It is an appliance though.

Brian

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I am using CA ArcServe R12 to backup an Exchange 2007 SP1 mailbox server running on Windows Server 2003 R2. Email, folder, and mailbox level restore is possible.

The ArcServe Exchange client is installed in the Exchange server and data is backed up to tape. So far so good, and I am happy with it.

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Same here!! I've had to do restores many a time with a good success rate. –  geeklin Jul 24 '09 at 15:50

A couple of free, hack-your-own solutions while waiting for the WSB Exchange plugin...

You can copy ntbackup.exe from a Win2003 box. I tested backup to disk with a restore, and it seems to work fine. Note that I you can't write direct to tape with it, or get brick level backups.

You can use PowerShell and diskshadow.exe to do an online VSS backup.

You can use ExMerge or Export-Mailbox to export out PSTs for brick level backup.

You can stop Exchange services, run a normal backup, and start Exchange for an offline solution.

All of these are disk based, so - for maximum recoverability - you'd want to copy offsite or to tape using your favorite tape writing software.

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At work we are currently in the process of rolling out Ahsay (OBM and OBS). From what we can tell so far it does a good job our exchange 2007 store and also seems to play well with some of the more common 2003 exchange stores.

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