Most companies rely on Microsoft Exchange Server, and if your company is one of them, there’s a solid chance that downtime will cause you major problems.
In a previous article we talked about tips to protect Microsoft Exchange, we talked about offline backups, a somewhat primitive backup method that has substantial limitations but still might be the right choice in some situations.
The ProsAs the name suggests, Native Windows Server backup is included with Windows Server. It gives you minimal data protection capabilities, including a baseline ability to back up the full Exchange data store.
Here’s one way it’s superior to offline backups: it doesn’t require you to take the database offline before backing it up. You can continue to use Exchange during the backup and you won’t have the hassles of narrow, restrictive backup time windows.
Here’s one more item for the “plus” category: Native Windows Server backups can be used to back up both physical and virtual machines.
The Cons But, as you might have guessed, there are some drawbacks to the Native backup method (since it’s included in the purchase price of Windows Server, it fits the old adage “you get what you pay for”): the technology involved puts a lot of strain on the server and can cause performance to plummet.
So even though technically you don’t need to do your backups at night when Exchange isn’t active, in reality, a lot of organizations have to. And here’s another potential drawback: Native Windows Server backup doesn’t let you restore individual items like deleted email messages.
There are other drawbacks you probably want to think about:
There are plenty of drawbacks and limitations you’ll want to keep in mind as you’re considering the native backup method. You’ll want to choose carefully. All things considered, it may or may not be the right option for you.
Just like we recommended if you are taking a look at the offline backup option, when you’re thinking about a native backup solution, consider it from every angle. Decide carefully if it’s right for your situation.
For more tips and information, see the eBook, Six Ways To A Smarter Microsoft Exchange Backup, which evaluates six different approaches you can take to protect your Exchange data. It can help you determine the right approach for your company. Download your free copy now!