Creating Recovery Points for Exchange Database Block-Level Backups
Applies to: Exchange 2010 or later, 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 has two states: In Progress and Ready.
- When the job state is In Progress, a dummy mount is created, and the corresponding logs are copied to a temporary location, and then replayed. The time that it takes to complete this phase depends on the number of transaction logs that need to be replayed.
- When the state is Ready, you can recover messages from a block-level backup.
Each recovery point has an expiration date. By default, the recovery point expires after one day (24 hours). If you keep a recovery point for an extended amount of time, make sure that you have enough hardware resources or disk space to maintain that recovery point.
Before You Begin
- From the navigation pane, click Solutions > Apps > Exchange.
The Exchange servers page appears
- Click an Exchange server.
The selected Exchange server page appears.
- In the Agents section, click Exchange Database.
The Exchange Database page appears.
- In the Subclient section, click a subclient for which block-level backup is enabled.
The subclient page appears.
- Click Restore messages.
The Restore messages page appears.
- Click Create recovery point.
The Backup content page appears.
- Click Microsoft Information Store.
- From the upper-right of the page, select a backup to create a recovery point.
- 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.
- Select one or more databases for which you want to create a recovery point, and then click Create recovery point.
The Create recovery point dialog box appears.
- From the Select a MediaAgent list, select the MediaAgent that is used to perform the recovery operation.
- In the For block-level backups, empty the cache after n days box, enter the number of days after which the recovery point expires.
- Click Submit.
- A create recovery point job is created. You can monitor the job progress, or kill the job. For information about monitoring all the jobs in the Admin Console environment, see Jobs.
- In the Restore messages page, you can see the new recovery point.
Last modified: 6/7/2018 5:14:04 AM