Backup Exchange mailboxes using rsync

Andrew Hodgson andrew at
Thu Aug 3 13:06:30 GMT 2006


I am not an Exchange expert, so I may have it totally wrong, but what I do is to have the ntbackup doing an online Exchange backup, then rsync this to another server over SSH.  If you do a rsync of the Exchange DB, you would have to do an offline backup, which involves stopping the services.  I use a program called 4files which you can search for on Google to delete old ntbackup files older than say 7 days, then you end up with 7 days worth of backups on the Exchange server and on the server you synced to.


-----Original Message-----
From: at on behalf of Reuben Pearse
Sent: Thu 03/08/2006 10:43
To: rsync at
Subject: Backup Exchange mailboxes using rsync
Hi all,

Has anyone got any advice on the best way to backup Exchange mailboxes 
(Exchange 5.5) running on a Windows 2000 server? We already use rsync on 
a number of other Windows boxes for general file backup.

I've read that even if you get backups of the Exchange mailbox files, 
then it's really tricky to get the mailboxes back into Exchange if the 
server dies. Anyone got any tips on this?

Thanks in advance

reuben at

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