2010-01-12 06:53 PM - edited 2015-12-18 03:08 AM
IHAC that is looking to backup MS Exchange in "remote" locations using OSSV.
In the absence of SME it is possible to get a consistent backup with application shutdown?
Also, can OSSV ingest Exchange storage holdings residing on non_netApp storage arrays?
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2010-01-13 04:42 AM
Exchange backup & restore is a very hairy topic. What version are we talking about (Exchange & Windows)?
OSSV (unfortunately) is not application-aware & basically everything is treated as flat files. So one of the ways to do off-line backup via OSSV could be by doing local NT Backup (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa998870%28EXCHG.80%29.aspx) & then sending NT backup image across the wire via OSSV.
Arguably the number of changed blocks in file system will be substantial, so a lot to send!
2010-01-13 05:01 AM
Exchange 2007 running on Windows 2k3 or Windows 2k8.
Re 2k8 - the note on this Technet article is funnily contradicting itself (sort of):
"Windows Server Backup in Windows Server 2008 no longer supports Exchange-aware backups or restores."
and further on:
"However,Exchange 2007 SP2 includes a new plug-in that enables you tomake Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS)-based backups of Exchange datausing Windows Server Backup in Windows Server 2008."
2011-03-31 05:17 AM
Is there any way to use VSS integrated to OSSV to get Exchange consistent backup?
Is there any script to make or to use as basement to make that?
Could I use SMBR to make a single recovery of a message?
Thanks a lot in advance for your answer,
2011-03-31 05:27 AM
Syncsort NSB has an OSSV agent that talks to NetApp SnapVault Secondary. It supports Exchange, SQL, SharePoint and Oracle. It handles hot backup of Exchange on non-netapp disk to the NetApp target. They also have EMBR (same OEM software as SMBR) to handle single message restore on the NetApp Target. There is a license fee to get the NSB master server and clients but no additional charge on the NetApp side since you already have snapvault secondary.
2011-03-31 07:05 AM
Thanks, I know them (syncsort) very well, but in this oppty we can not work with them
We are seeing to propose to use scripts.
Does anybody have experience on scripting?
2011-04-14 08:20 AM
Has anyone looked at using Snap Creator in combination with OSSV to backup exchange in remote systems? If anyone has any want or need for this I would like to help work on this and colaberate.
My thoughts on this would be:
Protection Manager (PM)
NetApp Host Agent (NHA)
OSSV Agent (OSSV)
Snap Creator (SC)
MS Exchange (MSE)
PM call backup
--> NHA --> OSSV
OSSV call SC to run script
tell SC done
tell OSSV done
tell NHA done
tell PM done
I don't know how dificult this will be to script but from the following doc Snap Creator can use OSSV as an agent.
Let me know if you guys come up with anything else.
Lewan & Associates
2011-04-19 02:21 PM
I started looking at AlphaVSS to interface with Exchange VSS through .Net since I don't know c or c++. I need to create a pre and post script and also a config file.
The pre-script needs to perform the following functions:
add exchange provider to the provider variable
Query Exchange Storage Groups (SG) from config file
add SG to BackupSet
SnapCreator Agent will call OSSV to take a VSS snapshot of the SG
The post-script simply needs to call BackupComplete to the Exchange VSS provider.
Let me know if there is anything I am missing.
Lewan & Associates