Man I love the Exchange Blog. Congrats to the team for a great way to communicate real issues to us out in the field. Check out today's blog on backup and Exchange
I've had quite a few clients recently that always want to buy Backup Exec or Brightstor or some other weird 3rd party backup app because that's been the routine for soooo long. Buy a server, buy a tape drive, buy the tape software, proceed. Well with Windows Server 2003 and SBS 2003 that pretty much changed, although a lot of people aren't familiar with that yet. NTBackup included in SBS 2003 is rock solid and what I use in house. Why, well as you see in the article, if Microsoft uses it for their Exchange Servers why can't I?
I'm sorry but when SBS standard costs $599 and then you come along with Backup Exec for $499 or whatever it is, that just does not make sense. Why would I torture my SMB clients to that? For individual mailbox restore? Well you still can do it with documented Microsoft KB's. Check this KB out on restoring mailboxes
. The Recovery Storage feature in Exchange 2003 is cool.
I usually just up the deleted item retention time frame to something like 60 days which is just fine for all the SMB clients I have. Remember this is where SBS 2003 is cool again. Just running through the backup wizard asks you for this information. By default I believe it's 30 days, just go to something a little higher.
My advice, use NTBackup and forget it.