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Protecting Exchange Server 2010

Updated: April 21, 2010

Applies To: System Center Data Protection Manager 2010

You use the Create New Protection Group Wizard to protect Exchange Server 2010.

DPM will protect Exchange databases for Exchange Server 2010 contained in a DAG.

When parallel backups are tried on multiple copies of same Exchange Server database, then backups will fail.

In addition to the wizard pages you used to protect Exchange Server 2007, you perform the steps on the following wizard pages to protect Exchange Server 2010:

  1. On the Select Protection Group Type page, select Server, and then click Next to continue.

  2. On the Select Group Members page, expand the domain under which the DAG resides, expand the DAG, all the existing databases together with their respective nodes are displayed. Select the data you want to protect, and then click Next to continue.

    The Create New Protection Group Wizard does not indicate which databases are active or passive. You must already know which databases are active or passive when performing the steps in the wizard. For servers that are part of a DAG, the databases will be listed under the <DAG-name> node.

    Insert art: Databases in a DAG that have been selected for protection.

  3. On the Specify Exchange Protection Options page, specify if you want to run the Eseutil tool on one of the Exchange Server databases. For members on Exchange Server 2010, select if you want to run the Eseutil tool for both the database and the log files or just for the log files. If you are protecting DAG servers, Exchange Server recommends that you run the Eseutil tool for log files only. For stand-alone servers, we recommend that you select both the database and the log files.

  4. On the Specify Exchange DAG Protection page, select the databases for copy backup and express full backup. For protecting multiples copies of the same database, select only one database for express full and incremental backup and then select the remaining copies for copy backup.

    Insert art: Databases selected for express full and copy backups.

  5. On the Select Data Protection Method page, select whether you want to use short-term disk-based protection or long-term tape-based protection, and then click Next to continue.

  6. On the Select Short-term Goals page, specify your protection goals such as retention range and synchronization frequency, and then click Next to continue.

  7. On the Summary page, review your selections, and then click Create Group to complete the wizard.

    After creating the protection group for the Exchange Server database, changing the status of the Exchange Server database from active to passive or vice-versa on the Exchange Server does not require any changes on the DPM server. DPM will continue backing up the data from the same node without any failures.