Creating a Recovery Point for Exchange Database Block-Level Backups

Applies to: Exchange 2010 or a more recent version, in a DAG environment

Before you recover messages from an Exchange database block-level backup, you create recovery points from which you can recover individual messages.

Creating a recovery point initiates a job type called Create Recovery Point. After you create the job, you have the option to monitor the status of the job from a list of recovery points. The recovery point job has two states, In Progress and Ready, which functions as follows:

  • In Progress: A dummy mount is created, and the corresponding logs are copied to a temporary location, and then replayed. The time that this phase takes to complete depends on the number of transaction logs that need to be replayed.

  • Ready: You can recover messages from a block-level backup.

By default, each recovery point expires after one day (24 hours). If you keep a recovery point for an extended amount of time, verify that you have enough hardware resources or disk space to maintain that recovery point.

Before You Begin


  1. From the navigation pane, go to Solutions > Applications > Exchange.

    The Exchange page appears.

  2. Click an Exchange database.

    The Exchange Database page appears.

  3. In the Subclient section, click the subclient that contains the databases that you want to create recovery points for.

    The subclient page appears.

  4. Click Restore messages.

    The Restore messages page appears.

  5. Click Create recovery point.

    The Backup content page appears.

  6. Click Microsoft Information Store.

  7. In the upper-right corner of the page, select a backup to create a recovery point, as follows:

    • To use the most recent backup, click Show latest backups.

    • To use a backup from a specific date, click Show backups as of a specific date, select a date, and then select the backup.

    • To use a backup from a date range, click Show backups for a date range, select a date range, and then select the backup.

  8. Select the databases that you want to create a recovery point for, and then click Create recovery point.

    The Create recovery point dialog box appears.

  9. From the Select a MediaAgent list, select the MediaAgent that you want to perform the recovery operation.

  10. In the For block-level backups, empty the cache after n days box, enter the number of days after which the recovery point expires.

  11. Click Submit.


In the Restore messages page, you can see the new recovery point.