Protecting Your Exchange Server
Today, email has become a mission critical application for business.
According to IDC, No online application is more widely used than email. Even the smallest companies have embraced this technology as a critical communication tool. Businesses count on having 24×7 email access to communicate with employees, customers and partners, so they need to ensure email servers have effective security solutions in place. And the more your business depends on Microsoft Exchange as your email server, the more important it is to have a complete Exchange Server protection strategy in place.
However tight your security measures may be, unforeseen circumstances may lead to your Exchange Server being brought down for a period of time. This is why having a disaster recovery plan is so important. One of the most critical components of any disaster recovery plan is to make sure your backup window is not too short, and that regularly scheduled backups are performed as a part of your overall network protection routine. Time and space are always a concern when it comes to backups, so finding ways to reduce the amount of disk space and tape media required to fully protect Exchange is a challenge. Eliminating redundant copies of backups not only saves space, but it also cuts back on the time required to perform backups. Technology is advancing to enable continuous protection of Exchange, eliminating backup windows entirely. There is also new technology which eliminates the need for mailbox level backups, while still providing the ability to make granular recoveries of emails, folders and mailboxes.
Think about it — the loss of a single message may generate hours of unnecessary labor for administrators, lowering productivity within organizations. The ability to recover a single message quickly and easily can be a boon to your operations.
New rules regarding e-discovery of email are also going to dramatically affect the need for performing complete and timely backups of your Exchange server due to legal implications. Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure are scheduled to take effect December 1, 2006 and will govern the discovery of electronically stored information, also known as e-discovery. These amendments require retention policies to ensure the availability of electronic documents. As part of any disaster recovery plan, consideration now needs to be given on how to ensure the retention of Exchange data to reduce the exposure to legal risks.
New Exchange 2007
quick recovery of emails, folders and mailboxes. Using Backup Exec with continuous protection and automatic disk to disk to tape backups can also provide for retention of data to meet legal requirements.