DPM 2007 - should mdf and ldf files be excluded

I'm running DPM 2007 to backup our servers and applications.  I back up our application data including Exchange, Sharepoint, Virtual Server and SQL Server to tape and all server volumes and system state disk to disk.  My question is:  Should I exclude the SQL data files (.mdf and .ldf) from the server volume back ups?  Since the SQL Servers are being backed up as application data, it seems redundant to backup the data files as well.  

I could not find an answer to this in the MS documentation.
global-worksAsked:
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icky2000Commented:
Yes, you should exclude the mdf and ldf files. You should also exclude the Exchange databases and transaction logs. There's no advantage to backing those things up manually as individual files as long as you're doing application-aware backups with DPM. It isn't just redundant backing that stuff up - it's mostly worthless. You won't have much luck restoring from a file-based backup of transactional databases like SQL and Exchange.
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global-worksAuthor Commented:
Thank you for confirming what I suspected.  We are transitioning from Backup Exec, which won't even allow you to backup those files (and in my opinion is a better product - albiet more expensive).  DPM documentation doesn't seem to mention this anywhere.
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