Details of Exchange 2007 SP2 in-box backup when running on Windows Server 2008

Posted by sumeethevans on May 14 2009, 10:15 PM. Posted in Exchange.

There has surely been enough discussion on this blog (and other community sites) how Windows Server Backup on Windows Server 2008 does not provide any out-of-the-box functionality to backup Exchange 2007. Some examples on our blog are here and here, but there were a ton of related comments on other relatively unrelated blog posts as well. There was no lack of opinions on the subject!

As we mentioned in our announcement of Exchange 2007 Service Pack 2— we are going to ship the backup plug-in with Exchange 2007 SP2. We wanted to share some additional details around what we are shipping:

  • The backup integration will enable Windows Server Backup to backup Exchange data. Note that there is no specific "Exchange only" granularity when you are backing things up. In other words, the backup is volume-based. If Exchange data is on C: drive, backing up the C: drive will also give you an Exchange-aware backup of Storage Groups located on that drive (and purge the transaction logs from all backed up Storage Groups if backup completed successfully). As such, there is not much visual indication that Exchange is being backed up, except for the following: 

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