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Application Aware Backup of Exchange 2010

Post by wardak » May 06, 2016 11:54 pm

We have three Exchange Servers each with a copy of the DAGs. When the servers were originally installed all the disks within the Hyper-V VM are dynamic and not basic. My understanding is we are unable to create an application aware backup with dynamic disks.

I have tried converting the disks on one of the servers with a third party tool from dynamic to basic. The conversion works fine, the problem is when I do this I am unable to replicate the DAGS because the block size has changed.

I was wondering if there might be a solution to the problem of creating an application aware backup of an Exchange server with dynamic disks.


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Re: Application Aware Backup of Exchange 2010

Post by Vitaliy S. » May 08, 2016 12:28 pm

To the best of my knowledge dynamic disks (inside the Guest OS) do not support VSS snapshots, so you cannot utilize application-aware image processing for this VMs. If it is not possible to convert these disks to basic, then you might want to create backups via internal tools (application-specific) and then run a VM backup job.

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