Back Up Using Windows Essential Business Server Tools

The product technologies that are installed in the Windows EBS infrastructure include tools and wizards that you can use to back up and restore configurations, settings, and data. You can approach your backup solution for Windows EBS by using these technologies in two ways:

  • You can back up an entire server, including the operating system, the associated server applications, and the data files.

  • You can selectively back up the critical data files for each of the Windows EBS components.

Using Windows Server Backup for volume backup

Windows Server Backup is an optional feature of the Windows Server® 2008 operating system, which provides a basic volume backup and recovery solution for the server that it is installed on.


You can use Windows Server Backup on each of the servers running Windows EBS to perform a full backup of the operating system, the configuration and settings, and the data files.

Windows Server Backup is a Microsoft Management Console snap-in. You need to install the snap-in on each of the servers running Windows EBS and perform individual backups for each server. Windows Server Backup can automatically back up each volume that it detects with operating system components on it.

For detailed instructions for using Windows Server Backup, follow the procedures in the article, "Windows Server 2008 Backup and Recovery Step-by-Step Guide," on the Microsoft TechNet Web site (

Backing up Windows Essential Business Server CALs by using Windows Server Backup

The Windows Server Solutions License Management Service on the Management Server maintains information about the installation and assignment of client access licenses (CALs) for Windows EBS. This service copies data about CALs to the file %SYSTEMDRIVE%\Windows\System32\Microsoft.BusinessServer.Licensing.backup.xml. When you back up the Management Server by using Windows Server Backup, this file is automatically backed up.

When you restore the system volume on the Management Server by using Windows Server Backup, the CAL data is automatically restored.


If you are restoring the Management Server onto a new computer within 30 days of installing Windows EBS, and you have not yet assigned CALs to user accounts or devices, you should assign the CALs as soon as possible. After 30 days, each user must be assigned a CAL or must log on from a licensed device. For more information about managing CALs, see “Client Access Licenses” at the Microsoft Web site (


After you replace the Management Server by using the Windows EBS Installation Wizard, you must reinstall the CAL packs, and you must reassign the CALs that you used. For more information, see Replacing a Server for Windows Essential Business Server, later in this document.

Backing up Forefront Threat Management Gateway using Windows Server Backup

Forefront TMG settings reside on the Security Server in the folder <Drive>:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft ISA Server\ADAMdata. When you back up the volume containing the Forefront TMG data by using Windows Server Backup, the Forefront TMG settings are automatically backed up.

To restore Forefront Threat Management Gateway settings from backup

  1. On the Security Server, click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then click Services.

  2. In the Services console, right-click ISASTGCTRL, and then click Stop.

  3. In Windows Server Backup, recover the files and folders under <Drive>:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft ISA Server\ADAMdata.

  4. In the Services console, right-click ISASTGCTRL, and then click Start.

Using Windows Essential Business Server product technologies for selective backup

Rather than back up entire volumes, you can back up only the critical data and configuration files, and then use this backup to restore, repair, or replace a server. The components in Windows EBS contain tools to facilitate this process.


If you choose to back up your servers running Windows EBS in this way, you need to run several backup applications on each server.

System Center Essentials

System Center Essentials 2007 (Essentials 2007) uses two operational databases, one for Essentials 2007 and one for Windows Server Update Services (WSUS).

For procedures about how to locate, back up, and restore these databases, read "How to Back Up and Restore System Center Essentials" on the Microsoft TechNet Web site (

Forefront Threat Management Gateway

The procedures to back up and restore configurations for Forefront TMG are described in the product Help. To review these procedures, on the Security Server, start the Forefront TMG console, and then click Help. Click Operations, and then expand Back Up and Restore. Click Backing up and restoring an entire configuration, and then follow the procedures to produce the necessary backup files.

Configuration settings for Forefront TMG exist on the Security Server and the Management Server. To completely back up Forefront TMG, perform the steps in the procedures that are documented in the product Help for Forefront TMG on the Security Server, and copy the ISAServerDefaultSettings.xml file from the %SystemDrive%\Program Files\Windows Essential Business Server\Data folder on the Management Server to a safe location on your network. If you replace the Management Server, you must ensure that you restore the ISAServerDefaultSettings.xml file.

Exchange Server 2007

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 is installed as a component of Windows EBS, and it relies on data to support several services.

For more information about backing up Exchange Server data, see the following articles on the Microsoft TechNet Web site:

Windows SharePoint Services

Windows SharePoint® Services is installed as an add-in component to Windows EBS.

For more information about backing up Windows SharePoint Services data, see the following articles on the Microsoft TechNet Web site:

Restoring a server for Windows Essential Business Server

For instructions about recovering a server that is running Windows Server 2008, see the Microsoft TechNet Web site (