I am currently backing up:
Microsoft Exchange Mailboxes
Microsoft Exchange Public Folders
Microsoft Information Store
Microsoft SQL Server "BKUPEXEC"
Microsoft SQL Server "SBSMONITORING"
Microsoft SQL Server "SHAREPOINT"
Shadow Copy Components
Currently my backup is at 7 Gb, and I believe at least 3 of those Gb is the Microsoft Information Store - and it keeps growing.
In Microsoft's UK website, http://www.microsoft.com/uk/businesscentral/issues/sgc/articles/backup_restore_sbs2003.mspx
, it says:
Restoring Your Server
To restore the server from backup media
10. To restore your hard disks and system state, select the check boxes for the drives you want to restore and the system state. Do not check Microsoft Information Store.
Q. So if I don't want to restore it, what is the point (if any) of backing it up?
Q. Additionally, if I need to back it up, can I reduce the amount of data?
As this is two related questions, I am willing to split the points if you want to tackle just one question.