The essential guide to Exchange Server backup and recovery

Last updated:March 2016

Editor's note

Email is a critical component of any organization, and securing and backing up email files and data in case of a disaster should take utmost importance. Administrators tasked with backing up Exchange Server must familiarize themselves with what data exists where and what to do to protect that data.

This guide walks Exchange administrators through the challenges associated with an Exchange Server backup, and Office 365 or hybrid messaging administrators through Office 365 backup. It also covers native and third-party tools that can ease the process.

1Keep calm and recover your data

The security of Exchange Server and Office 365 should always top an Exchange administrator's priority list. Without a disaster recovery plan in place, the IT team never retrieves lost data, which can bring an entire organization to a standstill. This section looks at some of the best practices for disaster recovery planning and how to protect against data loss within an Exchange or Office 365 deployment.

2Native and third-party options to back up Exchange

Microsoft offers several native and traditional methods for backing up Exchange Server, but a bevy of third-party tools also meet or exceed administrators' needs. This section covers various Exchange Server backup tools and features that are the right fit for enterprises.

3Third-party tools to back up Office 365

Messaging administrators, whether fully on Office 365 or spread across Exchange Server and Office 365, cannot use a built-in Microsoft tool to secure Office 365 data via backups. Vendors such as CloudAlly offer products that can perform full or specific backups. These tools may also allow admins to browse Office 365 data using certain search criteria to filter the results.