Following on from Part 1 of this guide where I explained how to create Exchange Granular Restore (“EGR”) compatible backups in BackupAssist, in this second instalment I will look in more detail at how we can restore email from within the backups we have created.
With the release of BackupAssist v7.3 a brand new method for restoring exchange mailbox data was introduced named ‘Exchange Granular Restore’. This is still a relatively new feature for many of our customers so I thought it would be useful to put together a guide to introduce this new feature and how best to make use of it. Continue reading
The release of BackupAssist v7.1 is only a few days away now so I thought it would be the perfect time to introduce one of the great new features, the ‘Exchange Granular Restore Console’.
Our Aussie friends over at BackupAssist developers Cortex IT have recently released two excellent short videos showing the best practices for configuring the BackupAssist user identity.
I often come across issues relating to rights associated with BackupAssist jobs. The BackupAssist user identity is key to correctly assigning these rights, so if you are using BackupAssist to back up a Windows Server we these are definitely worth a watch.
Creating Backup User Identities with BackupAssist
Since the introduction of Microsoft’s Volume Shadow Copy Service in Server 2003 it is common to backup the Exchange database in its entirety as part of a bare-metal backup job. This is a great way to deal with a disaster such as a hard drive failure where you want to recover a whole server, or even if you need to recover the whole Exchange database back to a point in time. The difficulty comes when you want to recover, for example just a single mailbox, or even specific emails. With a full backup, you are backing up the entire database which means you’ll need to recover the full database first to a temporary location, mount this as a recovery database, connect to it with a client and then extract the data. With a large database this could take quite a lot of time and resources to complete.
BackupAssist has a much easier, more convenient way.