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What is the difference between a priv1.edb and a pub1.edb file?

What is the difference between a priv1.edb file and a pub1.edb file in terms of Exchange Server architecture? If I wanted to back up a storage group, how would I identify which transaction logs are related to which databases?

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All database files that start with priv and end with .edb and .stm contain mailboxes on your Exchange server. Anything that begins with pub is a public folder store.

You should be using an Exchange-aware backup solution to back up your Exchange server, so you should not have to go in at this level (or the transaction log file level) to do file-level backup of your Exchange Server. This is risky and not recommended.

An Exchange-aware backup will allow you to select the appropriate databases and mailboxes) that you want backed up on any given server. They will then back them up.

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This was first published in December 2009

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