Full system recovery of a Microsoft Exchange Database client includes the following phases.
Preparing for a Full System Recovery
Perform regular backups of the Exchange databases. These backups can be scheduled to run at convenient intervals.
Recovering the Microsoft Exchange Database
To recover the Microsoft Exchange Database in the event of a disaster, see Recovering the Microsoft Exchange Database.
Tip: In addition to Exchange databases, the Exchange Server also uses the following types of data that provide enhanced functionality and that are critical to the continuous operation of the Exchange Server.
System State Data.
Active Directory Data, such as information about distribution lists, recipients, and so on.
Personal Information Stores contain messages that are moved from a server-controlled information store to .pst files. They are residing on a client's hard drive or shared location on a network.
Personal Address Books stored on a client's hard drive in .pab files.
Offline Folders. These are the local copies of the folders on the Exchange server, stored in .ost files.
These data types are backed up using the Windows File System Agent.
For comprehensive information about performing non-database Exchange data backups, see Windows File System Agent.