How to Take Backup of Zimbra Mail Server
Zimbra backup on a user side allows backing up mailbox and other application data from Zimbra desktop client. It must be separated with Zimbra server backup, a completely different task.
Handy Backup allows saving Zimbra in a “hot” mode, including backup Zimbra mail server content.
Basics for Zimbra Backup and Restore
Zimbra software for Windows creates a folder containing all components and settings of the local program dataset. A user can save this folder with Handy Backup, using the standard “Computer” data source, to backup Zimbra, and then return the content of this folder to its place to restore data.
Advantages of Zimbra Backup with Handy Backup
As a unified backup solution, Handy Backup contains many advantages and key features, allowing backing up Zimbra client information with efficiency and comfort. Some of these principal advantages include such things as:
Advantages over Zimbra Backup Script
You can always use some Zimbra backup and restore script for the same purposes as Handy Backup. In this case, however, you must be ready to meet a lack of interface, troubles with automatic scheduled jobs and other problems. Still, you can use Zimbra email backup with Handy Backup in a batch mode.
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How to Backup Zimbra Mail Server with Handy Backup
To allow Zimbra backup mailbox and other data with Handy Backup, you can create a task that will do this action automatically every time when you will start it. For further automation, you can also schedule the repeated start of this task for a planned period. Let us explain how to make it.
Note: For non-standard installations and in some other cases, it is also possible to use “File filters…” option on a Step 2, with including all files and folder names containing a mask “*zimbra*” into a backup set. You can add some of these files and folders or remove it from backups by marking with a “+”.
That is all; your Handy Backup task for Zimbra mail backup is ready to use. Run it manually or set a period for a task to perform an automatic execution. The program will create a copy of your Zimbra folder in a storage specified for a task on a Step 3.
Zimbra Incremental Backup and Other Partial Techniques
With Handy Backup, you can allow Zimbra backup email data partially, e.g. by using incremental or differential backup. You can also operate with mixed backup techniques, consisting of a cycle of full backup and some sequential incremental or differential backups, with repeating all cycle time by time.
Partial backup techniques allow saving both storage space and backup worktime, as these techniques always operate with only a part of all Zimbra email backup amount, not with a full dataset of mails.
Caveat! To use Zimbra differential backup, as well as incremental or mixed backup, you must either work in Advanced task wizard mode or edit all task parameters after creation by using the task properties window!
Restore Zimbra Information from Backups
You can create a restoration task by just the same way as a backup task, using the same GUI and almost the same other operations to do it. Alternatively, you can just copy a Zimbra folder or its components by any file browser to a default location of Zimbra client folder.
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