How to Perform a Backup of Exchange Using Windows Server Backup

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 will reach end of support on April 11, 2017. To stay supported, you will need to upgrade. For more information, see Resources to help you upgrade your Office 2007 servers and clients.


Applies to: Exchange Server 2007 SP1, Exchange Server 2007 SP2, Exchange Server 2007 SP3

This topic explains how to use Windows Server Backup on a computer running Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 3 (SP3) to back up Exchange data on that computer.

Before You Begin

This procedure can be performed only locally on a computer that is running Exchange 2007 SP3 on Windows Server 2008.

To perform this procedure, the account that you use must be delegated the following:

  • Membership in the local Backup Operators group

  • Membership in the local Administrator group

For more information about permissions, about delegating roles, and about the rights that are required to administer Exchange Server 2007, see Permission Considerations.


To use Windows Server Backup to backup Exchange data

  1. Start Windows Server Backup.

  2. In the Actions pane, click Backup Once…. The Backup Once Wizard appears.

  3. On the Backup options page, select Different options, and then click Next.

  4. On the Select backup configuration page, select the type of backup that you want, and then click Next:

    1. Select Full server (recommended) to back up all volumes on the server.

    2. Select Custom to specify which volumes should be included in the backup. If you select this option, the Select backup items page appears. Select the volumes to be backed up, and then click Next.


By default, volumes that contain operating system components or applications are included in the backup and cannot be excluded.

  1. On the Specify destination type page, select the location where you want to store the backup, and then click Next. If Remote shared folder is selected, the Specify remote folder page appears. Specify a UNC path for the backup files, and then do one of the following to configure Access Control settings:

    1. Select Do not inherit if you want the backup to be accessible only by a set of specified user credentials, and then click Next. Type a user name and password for a user account that has write permissions on the computer that is hosting the remote folder, and then click OK.

    2. Select Inherit if you want the backup to be accessible by everyone who has access to the remote folder, and then click Next.

  2. On the Specify advanced options page, select VSS full backup, and then click Next.

  3. On the Confirmation page, review the backup settings, and then click Backup.

  4. On the Backup progress page, you can view the status and progress of the backup operation.

  5. Click Close when the backup operation has completed.