Back up Exchange resources groups

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A resource group is a collection of resources on a host or Exchange DAG, and the resource group can include either a whole DAG or individual databases. You can backup the resources groups from the Resources page.

What you will need

  • You must have created a resource group with a policy attached.

  • You must have assigned the aggregate that is being used by the backup operation to the storage virtual machine (SVM) used by the database.

  • If you want to back up a resource that has a SnapMirror relationship with a secondary storage, the role assigned to the storage user should include the “snapmirror all” privilege. However, if you are using the “vsadmin” role, then the “snapmirror all” privilege is not required.

  • If a resource group has multiple databases from different hosts, the backup operation on some of the hosts might start late because of network issues. You should configure the value of MaxRetryForUninitializedHosts in web.config by using the Set-SmConfigSettings PowerShell cmdlet.

  • In a resource group, if you include a Database or Database Availability Group which has active/passive database copy on a NetApp and non-NetApp storage, and you have selected Back up active copies or Back up copies on servers to be selected during backup job creation time option in the policy, then the backup jobs will go into warning state.

    The backup will succeed for active/passive database copy on NetApp storage and backup will fail for active/passive database copy on non-NetApp storage.

About this task

You can back up a resource group on demand from the Resources page. If a resource group has a policy attached and a schedule configured, then backups occur automatically according to the schedule.

Steps

  1. In the left navigation pane, click Resources, and then select the Microsoft Exchange Server plug-in from the list.

  2. In the Resources page, select Resource Group from the View list.

    You can search the resource group either by entering the resource group name in the search box or by clicking filter icon, and then selecting the tag. You can then click filter icon to close the filter pane.

  3. In the Resource Groups page, select the resource group that you want to back up, and then click Back up Now.

  4. In the Backup page, perform the following steps:

    1. If you have associated multiple policies with the resource group, from the Policy drop-down list, select the policy that you want to use for backup.

      If the policy selected for the on-demand backup is associated with a backup schedule, the on-demand backups will be retained based on the retention settings specified for the schedule type.

    2. Click Backup.

  5. 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.