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Exmerge? anybody use it for daily backups

Discussion in 'Windows & Other Software' started by Sone, 13 Jan 2006.

  1. Sone

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Had my request for Backup Exec exchange agent turned down, current use MS Backup to backup exchange to a file which then oges on a tape. Was thinking of trying to use exmerge instead i know you can use an ini file to tell it what to export and it would make restores much easier just wondering if anyone has tried it before?
     
  2. Otacon

    Capodecina

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    Looked into it briefly, decided against it. Far too complicated for little benefit when weighed against ntbackup, imo.

    [edit]I should also say though that I have access to PowerControls, which gives me a lot more restoration options than ntbackup.
     
  3. topher

    Mobster

    Joined: 3 Jan 2003

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    Yeah I've used exmerge but not for daily backups, currently using veritas backup.
     
  4. Sone

    Sgarrista

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    I was using Backup Exec 9.1, came back from holiday and someone had bought 10 and only normal agent licences. As we spent loads on it i am not allowed to go back to 9.1 and i have had my exchange agent request turned down on numerous occaisons :( .

    Think i'll have to live with spending 1 to 2 hours just to restore 1 email in some case's :mad: , with 9.1 it took seconds
     
  5. topher

    Mobster

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    Depending on what version of Exchange your running you can use "Deleted Item Recovery" which is what we use at work. Take it your doing brick level backups with you saying you can restore just 1 mail?

    Topher
     
  6. Otacon

    Capodecina

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    Brick level backups take far too long, which is why we dont use them. PowerControl allows us to open a backup file and extract anything directly back into the Exchange server, giving us brick level restore functionality without the backup overhead.
     
  7. oddjob62

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    Agreed. Most of our clients have bricks level backup turned off becuse it takes so long.

    If you have exchange 2003 you can use recovery storage groups as well. I've done both and there's not much difference in time taken imo.
     
  8. Mr Blonde

    Caporegime

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Years back I recall the IT department was well under budget so I grabbed a copy GFI's Mailarchiver. It was a dodle to set up and the best thing was that any goon could who 'lost' their emails could find them themselves via a web interface. Worked a treat back in my old exchange 5 days, allthough probably not very cheap going by most of GFI's stuff.
     
  9. Otacon

    Capodecina

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    ... except that you actually have to restore the store first. PowerControls can pull it straight out of the offline bks file.

    Anyway, for the most part we bought it as a disaster recovery tool (had to use it once, saved hours in ****** about - proved it's worth). The ability to pull out the odd mail here and there for numpties was just a plus point.
     
  10. oddjob62

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    Huh.. maybe it's a newer version than the one i used... my one took AGES before you could extract what you needed.