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Best Practices - Exchange Mailbox (Classic) Agent

Distributing Mailbox Backups Across Subclients

After the mailboxes have been auto-discovered and assigned to subclients, the subclient content for this agent appears in a similar pattern as the following example:

Display Name Alias Name SMTP Address
Aliyah Saadi ASaadi ASaadi@exch.company.com
Deepak Subrama DSubrama DSubrama@exch.company.com
Jacques Eiffel JEiffel JEiffel@exch.company.com
Kurt Merzbaum KMerzbaum KMerzbaum@exch.company.com
Viktor Valles VValles VValles@exch.company.com
Zhou Xu ZXu ZXu@exch.company.com

Two methods to distribute the content of a client are by User Group or by a letter of the alphabet. In the example below, mailboxes are assigned to different subclients based on which letter that their corresponding Display Names begin with. Distributing the client data using subclients in this way can help improve backup performance by organizing the workload on the Exchange server into logical groupings.

Default Subclient: Mailboxes A-G

The content of the default subclient would contain these mailboxes:

Aliyah Saadi ASaadi ASaadi@exch.company.com
Deepak Subrama DSubrama DSubrama@exch.company.com

User-Defined Subclient: Mailboxes H-R

The content of this user-defined subclient would contain these mailboxes:

Jacques Eiffel JEiffel JEiffel@exch.company.com
Kurt Merzbaum KMerzbaum KMerzbaum@exch.company.com

User-Defined Subclient: Mailboxes S-Z

The content of this user-defined subclient would contain these mailboxes:

Viktor Valles VValles VValles@exch.company.com
Zhou Xu ZXu ZXu@exch.company.com

Procedure

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the backup_set for which you want to discover mailboxes, and then click Properties.

    The Backup Set Properties dialog box appears.

  2. Click the Auto Discover tab.
  3. Select the Enable Auto Discover check box, and then select Match Mailbox by regular expressions.
  4. Click OK.
  5. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the backup_set on the source client, and then click All Tasks > New Subclient.

    The Subclient Properties dialog box appears.

  6. On the General tab, in the Subclient name box, type a name for the subclient.
  7. Click the Storage Device tab.
  8. In the Storage Policy list, select a storage policy for the new subclient, and then click OK.
  9. Specify if a backup schedule should be associated with the new subclient, and then click OK.
  10. Click the Auto-discovery tab.
  11. In the Mail Box Display Names box, enter a regular expression or wildcard pattern to specify that newly discovered mailbox display names matching that pattern during auto-discovery will be assigned to this subclient.

    For a comprehensive wildcard list, see Wildcards.

  12. Click Add.
  13. Repeat this step to enter additional wildcard patterns.
  14. Click OK.

Alias Name Search

When you search the TO or FROM fields, alias name changes are not taken into account regardless of where the search is being conducted from. Limit the search to SUBJECT, if necessary, and leave the TO and FROM fields empty.