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Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 virtual machine protection using IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager

Document Author:

Eric B Johnson

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IBM Systems

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Product(s) covered:

IBM System Storage; IBM XIV Storage System ; Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager

Abstract: IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager 3.2.1 harnesses the combined power of the IBM XIV Storage System Gen3 advanced snapshot technologies and Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) framework to deliver fast application-aware backups and restores for VMware vSphere 5.1 virtual data centers. As demonstrated in this white paper, Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 database availability group (DAG) virtual machines (VMs) with VMware raw device mapping (RDM) Exchange data and log disks are easily and rapidly protected from within the guest operating system (OS). Since guest initiated VM application data protection is practically identical to traditional physical machine application data protection, administrators do not have to further complicate existing, familiar backup routines.

This white paper shares IBM-specific installation, configuration, and best practice guidelines that elevate virtual Microsoft Exchange Server DAG high availability (HA) by helping to prepare customers for worst-case data loss or corruption scenarios where business-critical email recovery is urgent and vital. While only Exchange Server 2013 DAG backup and restore topics are revealed, many mutual concepts can be applied to Microsoft Exchange stand-alone configurations.



Hardware; Software; Solutions


Backup and Recovery


ISV Applications




IBM System Storage

S/W Pillar(s):



Windows; Windows Server 2008


IBM XIV Storage System Gen3 Tivoli FlashCopy Manager back up backup VSS Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 DAG database availability group email data protection recovery shadowcopy snapshot snapshots granular high availability ISV cluster

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