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A lot goes into planning, envisioning and deploying an Exchange Server Infrastructure.With Exchange Server 2010, it goes a bit further especially with several new features included with this amazing messaging platform.
However like life, servers can also behave strangely. You might come to Office one morning and find that your Mailbox Server refuses to boot up or displays the mesmerizing blue screen. If you haven't planned for this possibility, you would end up facing the wrath of every user right from the one who had won a Jackpot of $1 Billion in an email lottery ticket but forgot to put it in her PST or the CEO who really never knows how to use the PST and the maximum length of his password is 4 characters with complexity disabled (thanks to the new Fine Grained password policies in AD 2008/R2). Billion Dollar deals get finalized over a cup of coffee and many such opportunities materialize via mail communication.
So, the point is simple, you really need to ensure that you have highly available mail servers and data can be recovered if the inevitable strikes.
Exchange 2010 makes things easier than ever to design a highly available Messaging Infrastructure. You can start by deploying multiple Hub Transport, Edge Transport and Client Access Servers and by placing your servers in appropriate Active Directory Sites.
Database Availability Groups (DAGs) are now a common implementation even in the small and medium business computing environment. Changes to the storage architecture add both complexity to Backup and Recovery and space optimization with better Disk IO
There are many options available for backing up and restoring your Exchange servers/ database copies / mailboxes etc. One can start with the free Windows Server Backup, My favourite System Center Data Protection Manager, third party backup utilities etc.
If you new to Exchange Server and want to know how to effectively backup your Exchange Server, folks at Train Signal have shipped their Exchange 2010 Backup and Recovery Training by none other than the Exchange Guru J. Peter Bruzzesse.
I haven't watched this video training so really can't commit on it as of now but I did purchase Peter's Exchange 2010 Train Signal Course for prepping up on my MCTS 70-662 since I was a raw banana with exchange at that time. However, if Peter manages to deliver this course in the same way he did for the 70-662 course, I'm sure that this would be a true value for money. Peter's style of scenario based training makes your learning fruitions and helps you tackle real world scenarios.
You can learn more about this training on the Train Signal site given below:-
If any one of you has already watched this course, I would love to hear your feedback and experience.