Backing up Exchange databases

If a database is not part of any resource group, you can back up the database or Database Availability Group from the Resources page.

Before you begin

About this task

Best Practice: Do not run backups of active and passive databases at the same time. A race condition can occur and one of the backups might fail.


  1. In the left navigation pane, click Resources, and then select the appropriate plug-in from the list.
  2. On the Resources page, select either Database, or Database Availability Group from the View list.
    Click , and then select the host name and the database type to filter the resources. You can then click to close the filter pane.
    • If you want to back up a database, click on the database name.
      1. If the Topology view is displayed, click Protect.
      2. If the Database - Protect Resource wizard is displayed, continue to Step 3.
    • If you want to back up a Database Availability Group, click on the Database Availability Group name.
  3. If you want to specify a custom Snapshot copy name, on the Resources page, select the Use custom name format for Snapshot copy check box, and then enter a custom name format that you want to use for the Snapshot copy name.
    For example, customtext__policy_hostname or resource_hostname. By default, a timestamp is appended to the Snapshot copy name.
  4. On the Policies page, perform the following steps:
    1. Select one or more policies from the drop-down list.
      Note: You can also create a policy by clicking .
      Note: If a policy contains the Back up copies on servers to be selected at backup job creation time option, a server selection option is displayed to select one or more servers.
      In the Configure schedules for selected policies section, the selected policies are listed.
    2. Click in the Configure Schedules column for the policy for which you want to configure a schedule.
    3. In the Add schedules for policy policy_name window, configure the schedule, and then click OK.
      Where, policy_name is the name of the policy that you have selected.
      The configured schedules are listed in the Applied Schedules column.
  5. In the Notification page, from the Email preference drop-down list, select the scenarios in which you want to send the emails.
    You must also specify the sender and receiver email addresses, and the subject of the email. If you want to attach the report of the backup operation performed on the resource, select Attach Job Report.
    Note: For email notification, you must have specified the SMTP server details using the either the GUI or the PowerShell command Set-SmSmtpServer.
  6. Review the summary, and then click Finish.
    The database topology page is displayed.
  7. Click Back up Now.
  8. In the Backup page, perform the following steps:
    1. If you have applied multiple policies to the resource, from the Policy drop-down list, select the policy that you want to use for backup.
    2. Click Backup.
  9. Monitor the backup's progress by double-clicking the job in the Activity pane at the bottom of the page to display the Job Details page.