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Published: 19 Oct 2012

Administrators are caught between a rock and a hard place when it comes to backing up and restoring Microsoft Exchange mailboxes and messages. In traditional backup Exchange environments, if you want back up with any degree of speed, you need to do a "store-level" backup--Exchange parlance for a block-level backup. But it's exceedingly time-consuming to restore individual mailboxes and messages from a store-level backup. In the past couple of years, Microsoft has introduced the concept of "brick-level backup," which promises to provide more efficient mailbox and message restores. But the downside is that the backup itself takes longer. Shawn O'Brien, network analyst at Wilson Medical Center, a hospital in Wilson, NC, knows this problem all too well. Using Veritas' (now Symantec's) Backup Exec, an Exchange mailbox restore would take five hours, "and that's only if everything went well," he says. According to T.M. Ravi, president and CEO at Mimosa Systems, a typical Exchange message restore goes something like this: "Go look for the tape, find the last full, ... Access >>>

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