Now that Exchange 2007 SP2 has been released, it gives the ability to backup Exchange 2007 SP2 using Windows Server Backup (WSB).
Let me mention a few points before you jump into the conclusion of using it for backing up exchange.
- Windows Server Backup is not installed by default on 2008 servers.
- It can be installed by using Server Manager -> Add Features -> Windows Server Backup.
- WSB can only backup at a volume (drive) level.
- Backups can be stored to a local drive or a network drive (Local drive shouldn’t be the drive that you have selected to backup or a system drive).
- Only disk backup is available, no option for tape.
- Only copy or full backup of exchange can be done. Copy backup doesn’t flush the logs whereas a full one does.
- Cannot do incremental backups of exchange.
- If you run a “Backup Once” job, you can select just the drives that have exchange databases & logs.
- If you want to run a scheduled job, system drive is included by default and can’t be taken off.
- Database will be checked for consistency, backed up & logs flushed.
- You can only backup active exchange servers, so passive node of ccr cluster cannot be backed up.
- During exchange restore, new log files will be replayed & database will be brought to the latest state.
- You can deselect replay of logs during restore, if you want.
In short, it can backup & restore. It is nothing like the old NTBackup!