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Getting Started with the Exchange Database Agent

Step 1: Review Requirements and Supported Features

Refer to the following information to learn more about the requirements for the Exchange Database Agent:

Step 2: Install the Exchange Database Agent

To set up your environment for SnapProtect, you must install the Exchange Database Agent with the MediaAgent.

  • Prepare the Installation on Windows Computers

    Review general guidelines to prepare for the installation, which include configurations that your computer might need before the installation.

  • Preinstallation Checklist for the Exchange Database Agent and the MediaAgent

    Review agent specific guidelines to prepare for the installation, such as gathering the information that you must provide during the installation.

  • Installation Methods

    Select the installation method that is most appropriate for your environment.

Step 3: Configure Your Environment

If you use Exchange 2010 or later, you can configure a DAG environment. Otherwise, you can configure a stand-alone environment.

DAG Environment

  1. Open the CommCell Console.
  2. Configure a storage device.
  3. Optional: Configure the DAG environment.
    1. Create a DAG client.
      Consideration Procedure
      The CommServe host can connect to Active Directory Creating an Exchange DAG Client
      The CommServe host cannot connect to Active Directory Creating an Exchange DAG Client in a Restricted Environment
    2. If necessary, add new member servers to the DAG client.
  4. Enable SnapProtect backup.
  5. Configure the SnapProtect subclient.
  6. If you have not done so already, configure a storage policy.
  7. Create a Snapshot Copy.
  8. Configure a backup copy.
  9. Optional: To configure LAN-free backups in a geographically distributed environment, select a data path.

    Note: If you used a UNIX MediaAgent to perform the SnapProtect backup:

    • Change the value of the Allow restore jobs to use alternative MediaAgent and Drive Pool to access required media on the Resource Manager tab of the Media Management Configuration dialog box to 1. For more information, see Media Management Configuration: Resource Manager.
    • Select a Windows MediaAgent on the Data Path tab of the Advanced Restore Options dialog box to perform the restore operation.

    Otherwise, the restore job will fail.

Stand-Alone Environment

  1. Open the CommCell Console.
  2. Configure a storage device.
  3. Enable SnapProtect backup.
  4. Configure the SnapProtect subclient.
  5. If you have not done so already, configure a storage policy.
  6. Create a Snapshot Copy.
  7. Configure a backup copy.
  8. Optional: To configure a preferred data path for a LAN-free environment, or alternate data paths in a LAN-based environment, see GridStor® (Alternate Data Paths).

    Note: If you used a UNIX MediaAgent to perform the SnapProtect backup:

    • Change the value of the Allow restore jobs to use alternative MediaAgent and Drive Pool to access required media on the Resource Manager tab of the Media Management Configuration dialog box to 1. For more information, see Media Management Configuration: Resource Manager.
    • Select a Windows MediaAgent on the Data Path tab of the Advanced Restore Options dialog box to perform the restore operation.

    Otherwise, the restore job will fail.

Step 4: Run Your First Backup and Restore

Step 5: Where to Go from Here