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Exchange backups take too long

Hi all,

I am running a single exchange 2003 server on the network and am using windows backup to backup the information store and system state data to an external hard disk. The backups run fine however are taking an outragous amount of time. (About 8 hours for 30GB, further 8 hours for verification). I have scheduled maintenance tasks so that they run at different times to the backup with little effect. I have also trolled through the logs at the times the backups are running and they are error less. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,


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May be about right for the hardware involved.

Not a word about the hardware but I found better performance on dual core or before that dual CPU setups. Nothing in your post reveals where a hardware bottleneck could be since you wrote nothing besides it was slower than you would like.

How serious are you to speed this up? Will you get a DLT backup on fast SCSI, add RAM or go to a dual core server?

And the big question. Did you make the cheap call to Microsoft?


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Can you provide more information about your setup? What kind of processing power you have, what type of hard drive you are backing up to (USB, Firewire, SCSI, etc) how much traffic your server sees? If your server is being heavily worked, and your hardware is not real robust it may just be over taxing your system and running slow. There could also be a bottleneck in your hardware somewhere. My guess would be the connection to your external hard drive.

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