Up until now it's been possible to backup the entire exchange server (excluding the folders that MS specify when backing exchange up). The way I've been doing it is use NTBackup to backup the Information store to a file on the D Drive followed by a full Server backup which gets the C, D & System state. All in one go. Due to the size of the IS this is not going to be possible in a few months looking at typical growth of the Store.
What do you recommend as a backup stradegy? Is it possible/advisable for Example to backup the C, D & System state but NOT the IS backup on Firday. Then Monday - Thursday just backup the IS? I'm thinking the logs protect against DB corruption until I perform another IS store backup on the Monday.
Is it possible to backup the logs on the Friday backup? The Server is Windows 2003 so we are using Volume Shadown Copy. Is this idvisable. To be honest I've only started looking at this but would appreciate thoughts and links you think appropriate in redesigning/planning the backup.