Product Review – Kernel Exchange Backup

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Exchange often holds most of the crucial data of a business. For administrators, it’s their first duty to take care of that data and have feasible recovery plans in place in case of Exchange crashes and disasters. Though Microsoft doesn’t recommend brick-level backups for Exchange, many administrators try it. But, one of the most challenging tasks for administrators is to back up the Exchange data.
The manual solutions available to backup Exchange mailboxes involve using PowerShell cmdlet, which is very complicated to use. Also, any mistakes while using cmdlet for Exchange backup can lead to various issues like an incomplete or irrelevant backup. Therefore, organizations look for an effective third-party tool that offers seamless backup of Exchange mailboxes.
Here, we will talk about one such utility – Kernel Exchange Backup.

Features of Kernel Exchange Backup

Before getting into the installation and working of this software, let’s see what this tool has to offer.

  • Backs up Exchange mailboxes from all environments like on-premises, online, and hosted
  • Allows to back up multiple mailboxes from Exchange databases
  • Export public folders, shared mailboxes and primary mailboxes to PST
  • Backs up Exchange data based on item type, date, specific folders, etc.
  • Maintains the data hierarchy of Exchange mailboxes during backup
  • Allows to include/exclude deleted folders from backup
  • Doesn’t require the installation of MS Outlook to back up the data
  • Compatible with Windows 10/8.1/8 etc.

These fantastic features can fill the needs of every administrator who wants to back up Exchange mailboxes.

Problems that Kernel Exchange Backup Can Solve

After using the Kernel Exchange Backup, some experts and MVP’s have the opinion that it the most valuable and useful tool for Exchange backup. The reason behind it is that it solves some of the most complicated problems of Exchange Backup process, such as:

  • Multiple Archive Mailbox Backup to PST
    • One of the complicated tasks for Exchange administrator is to backup multiple archive mailboxes at one time. Kernel Exchange Backup allows users to backup multiple archive mailboxes quickly.
  • Skip Deleted Items Folders & Empty Folders
    • During Exchange backup, it is not easy to exclude the deleted items or folders from the backup process, which means these folders will be included in the backup file. But, with Kernel Exchange Backup, you don’t have to worry about deleted items or folders, as it gives you the option to exclude these folders and items during backup.
  • Run Multiple Instances Continuously
    • Would you believe it if I tell you that you can start another backup while already a backup process is running? – No! Right! But Kernel Exchange Backup allows you to run multiple instances, which means you can run another backup when one backup is already in progress.
  • Smart Filtering Options for Exchange Backup
    • Sometimes administrators don’t want to backup entire Exchange data because every data is not always necessary for the organization. Kernel Exchange Backup tool makes it easier for the administrators to backup only selective data based on item types, date, include/exclude folders, etc

As an administrator, you might know how much difficulty the above problems create. Now, knowing that Kernel Exchange Backup can solve these issues, you really want to see how this software works.
So, let’s have a clear look at the functionality of this software.

Installing Kernel Exchange Backup

The installation process of this tool is very simple and quick. You don’t need any additional guide to install this software. Follow the below steps for installation:

  • Download Kernel Exchange Backup on your system
  • Double-click the installation file; the installation window will appear on the screen, click Next.
  • Read the license agreement and click I agree, and then click Next.
  • Now, follow the instructions and specific options to install the software on the desired location.

After installing the software, it is ready to back up your Exchange mailboxes.

Backup Multiple Exchange Mailboxes with Kernel Exchange Backup

As mentioned earlier, Kernel Exchange Backup allows you to back up single as well as multiple mailboxes. So, here we performed the process of multiple Exchange mailboxes backup. See the below steps to check the functionality of the tool.

  • Launch the tool by double-click on its icon.
  • On the welcome screen, select the Backup option.
  • Click the Add button to add Exchange mailboxes.
  • Now, enter the details of the Exchange account, select the option List all mailboxes, and click Get User mailbox(es). Once all the users are displayed on the screen, hit the Add button.
  • In the next step, select the specific mailbox that you want to backup from Exchange account, and then click Migrate.
  • The smart filtering window will appear on the screen. Select the filtering options as per your need, such as date, item type, include/exclude a folder, skip folders, etc., and then click I am OK Start Migration.
  • Select the desired location where you want to save the backup file in PST format and click OK.
  • The backup process will start. Once it is complete, a notification will appear on the screen displaying Process completed. Click OK to finish the process.
  • Now, if you want to save the report, then click Save report to CSV.

As you can see, the overall Exchange backup process is quick and straightforward. Similarly, with the same tool, you can also restore mailboxes to Exchange from the PST file.


Exchange holds most of the crucial data of an organization, and it’s necessary to take regular backups to secure the data. In this article, we reviewed Kernel for Exchange Backup – a useful tool that helps organizations take a quick backup of their Exchange mailboxes.

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