Backup and recovery of Exchange server during CU installation: is only volume C: enough or all databases are required?

Павел Павел 186 Reputation points

Good day!

There is an Exchange 2013 server with the mailbox and CAS roles, the application itself is installed on the C: drive, and the mailbox databases on other logical drives.

If, before installing the CU, you backup only the C: volume using Windows Server Backup, then in case of an unsuccessful CU update and the need to rollback, will it be enough to restore only the C: volume from this backup? Will the serviceability of the bases remain in their current state, provided that they remain in their places?

And it is necessary to restore the entire C volume: is it entirely or is System State enough?

Or, after the server has been rolled back to the state before the CU installation, it is necessary to roll back all the databases from the backups to the state before the CU installation, even if they were not damaged?

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  1. Troy Werelius 76 Reputation points

    Always backup the DB's before an update

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  2. Kael Yao-MSFT 26,386 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor

    Hi, @Павел Павел

    The best practice should be taking a full backup of the Exchange server, including the volume of the databases.
    Since Exchange backup and restore is on application-level, the database files should not be treated as individual files.

    Anyway, it is always recommended to backup your data just in case of damage since the data is priceless.

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