Back up an Exchange server to Azure with Azure Backup Server

This article describes how to configure Microsoft Azure Backup Server (MABS) to back up a Microsoft Exchange server to Azure.

Prerequisites

Before you continue, make sure that Azure Backup Server is installed and prepared.

MABS protection agent

To install the MABS protection agent on the Exchange server, follow these steps:

  1. Make sure that the firewalls are correctly configured. See Configure firewall exceptions for the agent.
  2. Install the agent on the Exchange server by clicking Management > Agents > Install in MABS Administrator Console. See Install the MABS protection agent for detailed steps.

Create a protection group for the Exchange server

  1. In the MABS Administrator Console, click Protection, and then click New on the tool ribbon to open the Create New Protection Group wizard.

  2. On the Welcome screen of the wizard click Next.

  3. On the Select protection group type screen, select Servers and click Next.

  4. Select the Exchange server database that you want to protect and click Next.

    Note

    If you are protecting Exchange 2013, check the Exchange 2013 prerequisites.

    In the following example, the Exchange 2010 database is selected.

    Select group members

  5. Select the data protection method.

    Name the protection group, and then select both of the following options:

    • I want short-term protection using Disk.
    • I want online protection.
  6. Click Next.

  7. Select the Run Eseutil to check data integrity option if you want to check the integrity of the Exchange Server databases.

    After you select this option, backup consistency checking will be run on MABS to avoid the I/O traffic that’s generated by running the eseutil command on the Exchange server.

    Note

    To use this option, you must copy the Ese.dll and Eseutil.exe files to the C:\Program Files\Microsoft Azure Backup\DPM\DPM\bin directory on the MAB server. Otherwise, the following error is triggered:
    eseutil error

  8. Click Next.

  9. Select the database for Copy Backup, and then click Next.

    Note

    If you do not select “Full backup” for at least one DAG copy of a database, logs will not be truncated.

  10. Configure the goals for Short-Term backup, and then click Next.

  11. Review the available disk space, and then click Next.

  12. Select the time at which the MAB Server will create the initial replication, and then click Next.

  13. Select the consistency check options, and then click Next.

  14. Choose the database that you want to back up to Azure, and then click Next. For example:

    Specify online protection data

  15. Define the schedule for Azure Backup, and then click Next. For example:

    Specify online backup schedule

    Note

    Note Online recovery points are based on express full recovery points. Therefore, you must schedule the online recovery point after the time that’s specified for the express full recovery point.

  16. Configure the retention policy for Azure Backup, and then click Next.

  17. Choose an online replication option and click Next.

    If you have a large database, it could take a long time for the initial backup to be created over the network. To avoid this issue, you can create an offline backup.

    Specify online retention policy

  18. Confirm the settings, and then click Create Group.

  19. Click Close.

Recover the Exchange database

  1. To recover an Exchange database, click Recovery in the MABS Administrator Console.
  2. Locate the Exchange database that you want to recover.
  3. Select an online recovery point from the recovery time drop-down list.
  4. Click Recover to start the Recovery Wizard.

For online recovery points, there are five recovery types:

  • Recover to original Exchange Server location: The data will be recovered to the original Exchange server.

  • Recover to another database on an Exchange Server: The data will be recovered to another database on another Exchange server.

  • Recover to a Recovery Database: The data will be recovered to an Exchange Recovery Database (RDB).

  • Copy to a network folder: The data will be recovered to a network folder.

  • Copy to tape: If you have a tape library or a stand-alone tape drive attached and configured on MABS, the recovery point will be copied to a free tape.

    Choose online replication

Next steps