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NTBackup and VSS capability for Exchange backup

Posted by shauncroucher on August 19, 2009


Recently a friend asked me why he cannot simply use the VSS capability of NTBackup on his 2003 64bit server to backup the Exchange system.

The answer lies in the generic nature of the VSS capability of NTBackup. It is not exchange-aware and requires that you make sure that all disks with exchange information are also backed up to ensure a successful backup.

There are no time advantages, because using the generic VSS streams the data, instead of a quick ‘snapshot’ of the data as a Fully exchange aware VSS based backup solution would offer.

This msexchangeteam article runs through this subject:

http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/2004/06/25/166104.aspx

Shaun

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