Microsoft Exchange Backup Using BackupChain

BackupChain ships with an advanced deduplication engine that can speed up your backup processes and reduce the storage space required. In addition, you can hold on to as many versions of your Exchange databases as you like without sacrificing performance or wasting storage space. The steps below require a Microsoft Exchange Server version that is VSS-compatible, such as Exchange 2007 SP1 or later, including Exchange 2010. The following steps back up the Exchange public folder database as well as mailbox databases.


How to Create a Simple Microsoft Exchange Server Backup

The steps for creating a task are simple:

1. Download BackupChain

2. Create a new Universal Backup task

3. Point BackupChain to the folder(s) containing Exchange databases, default is: C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\v14
or C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\v14\Mailbox

4. Select a target (local drive, external drive, network target, or FTP/FTPS site). Hint: Choosing the FTP option, you can set up an efficient online replication of your email server to a remote, offsite server using deduplication.

5. Optional: turn on deduplication for Exchange files

6. Run the task.


Step-by-Step Instructions

If you are unfamiliar with BackupChain, we have put together a couple of screenshots to help you set up a simple data protection task.

First, click the button 'New Task' and select Universal Backup for your task:

create new Exchange Server backup task


Next, select 'No Hyper-V Backup' and proceed:

no hyper-v required


Proceed to the folder selection screen, accept default settings unless you need to fine-tune your task settings, and select the folder containing the Exchange Server mailbox data. The default folder is located here: C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\v14\Mailbox

select exchange mailbox folder


Next, you need to specify a target folder or FTP/FTPS site:

select backup target for exchange task

Then save the task or run it immediately.


Optional: to turn on deduplication and compression for Exchange Database files, check the File Types tab as shown below. There should be an entry *.edb with compression and deduplication switched on.

exchange deduplication settings


If this entry is missing, you can add it now by clicking the add button:

turn on exchange mailbox deduplication

Check "compress files of this type" and "apply file deduplication on files of this type" and your configuration is complete.

More information may be found in the User Guide that installs with BackupChain or our technical support section.

If your Exchangen/hyper-v-backup/ Hyper-V VM, check out our Hyper-V Replica Solution as well.