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Best Practices Checklist: Exchange Server disaster recovery planning

Microsoft offers a wealth of online resources that detail Exchange Server disaster recovery. But for someone new to managing Exchange, it can be an overwhelming amount of information to digest. Even for administrators with significant Exchange experience, the prospect of designing an e-mail disaster recovery plan can be intimidating.

This checklist shares a number of tried and true best practices for Microsoft Exchange disaster recovery. Most of the concepts are universal in nature, but the focus is on Exchange Server 2003.

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Best Practices Checklist: Exchange Server disaster recovery planning

 Home: Introduction
 Best Practice #1: Understanding Exchange databases
 Best Practice #2: Building your plan around the technology at hand
 Best Practice #3: Keeping e-mail in perspective
 Best Practice #4: Configuring server hardware for disaster recovery
 Best Practice #5: Configuring Exchange for disaster recovery
 Best Practice #6: Simulating a disaster
 Best Practice #7: Learning from others' mistakes and successes
 Best Practice #8: Considering offsite storage and remote recovery
 Best Practice #9: Familiarizing yourself with the right resources

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:   
Richard Luckett, Vice President and Senior Consultant, Ajettix Security
Richard Luckett is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer on the Windows NT 4.0, 2000 and 2003 platforms and has been certified on Exchange since version 4.0. He is the co-author of Administering Exchange 2000 Server, published by McGraw Hill, and has written four Exchange courses, Introduction to Exchange 2000, and Hands-on Exchange 2003, Ultimate Exchange Server 2003 and Exchange Server 2003 Administrator Boot Camp for Global Knowledge Inc. Richard is currently Vice President and Senior Consultant for Ajettix Security, where he is the head of the Microsoft security practice.

This was first published in October 2005

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