Excerpted from chapter two of the e-book The Definitive Guide to Exchange Disaster Recovery and Availability, by Paul Robichaux, this collection of 10 tips provides an easy to understand look at the basic technical building blocks of a good Exchange Server disaster recovery plan.
Various backup methods -- full, incremental, differential and copy backups -- are examined. The pros and the cons of several disaster recovery technologies are also covered -- including backup to tape, disk-based multi-stage backup and restore, vendor solutions, VSS and replication.
Once you understand the myriad disaster recovery technologies, you'll review the following design variables, consider their benefits and drawbacks, and discover how each factors into an effective disaster recovery plan:
- Onsite vs. offsite
- Recovery vs. redundancy and resiliency
- Service providers vs. do-it-yourself
- Planned vs. unplanned
10 tips in 10 minutes: Fundamentals of Exchange Server disaster recovery
Tip 1: Defining Exchange disaster recovery
Tip 2: How Exchange backs up data
Tip 3: Choosing a backup type for Exchange
Tip 4: Online vs. offline Exchange Server backups
Tip 5: Basic Exchange backup and restore
Tip 6: Exchange vendor snapshots and point-in-time copies
Tip 7: Exchange Server VSS
Tip 8: Replication on Exchange Server
Tip 9: Exchange design choices and issues
Tip 10: Exchange disaster recovery planning
This chapter excerpt from the free e-book The Definitive Guide to Exchange Disaster Recovery and Availability, by Paul Robichaux, is printed with permission from Realtimepublishers, Copyright 2005. Click here for the chapter download or download all available chapters here.