|Chapter 9 - Backup and Recovery Operations|
|Monitoring and Managing Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server|
|by Mike Daugherty|
|Digital Press 2001|
Exchange configuration data is stored in the Active Directory, the Windows 2000 registry, and the System State. Periodically, you should backup the system disk, any application disks, the Active Directory, the Windows 2000 registry, and the System State. In addition to periodic backups, it is especially important that you backup this data any time you make hardware or software configuration changes. These backups provide the capability of restoring the disks or individual files, and are essential for rebuilding a complete server. You can use the following procedure to schedule backups for configuration data.
Start the Backup process from the Windows 2000 Start menu by selecting Programs Accessories System Tools Backup.
From the Backup window, select the Schedule Jobs tab.
On the Schedule Jobs tab, select the Add Job button to start the Backup wizard.
In the Backup Wizard welcome window, select Next to display the What to Back Up window (Figure 9.13).
Figure 9.13: The Items to Back Up window
In the What to Back Up window, select Back up selected files, drives , or network data .
Select Next to display the Items to Back Up window.
Select the system you want to back up.
In the details pane, select the system devices you want to back up. Select the System State item to back up the Windows registry and the Active Directory settings.
Select Next to display the Where to Store the Backup window. Use the Backup media type drop-down list to select a tape device or file where the backup data will be written. If you do not have a tape device, the wizard automatically selects File by default. In Backup media or file name , enter the file name for the new backup file.
Select Next to display the Type of Backup window. Use the drop-down list to select the type of backup you want to perform. Your choices are: Normal, Differential, Incremental, or Copy.
Select Next to display the How to Back Up window. Select the Verify data after backup check box. Verification reads the backedup data to verify its integrity. This takes extra time but helps ensure that you will be able to recover data from this backup tape. If you are using a tape drive capable of compressing the data, you can select the Use hardware compression, if available check box. Compression allows you to store more data on the backup tape. However, you can only restore compressed backup tapes using drives that support the same type of compression.
Select Next to display the Media Options window. If the backup tape or file contains a previous backup, select to either Append this backup to the media or Replace the data on the media with this backup . If you are creating a new backup tape (i.e., you are not appending this backup to a previous one), you can select the Allow only the owner and the Administrator access to the backup data and to any backups appended to this media check box to limit access to the backup.
Select Next to display the Backup Label window. The Backup label field contains the default description of the backup set. The Media label field contains the default label that will be used to identify the media. You can change either of these descriptions if necessary.
Select Next to display the When to Back Up window. Select Later to schedule the backup for a later time or select Now to perform the backup as soon as you finish with the Backup wizard. In the Job name field, enter a name for this backup job.
Select Set Schedule to establish the backup schedule. You can use the Schedule Task drop-down list to elect to perform the backup just once, daily, weekly on selected days, or monthly on selected days of the month. For each of these options, you can specify the time when the backup should start. Optionally, you can select to perform the backup each time the system starts up, each time you logon to the system, or whenever the system is idle for a specified number of minutes.
Select Next to display a summary window. Select Finish to schedule the backup job.