Best way to backup Exchange server 2007

I am running Exchange Server 2007 on a Windows 2003 R2 box with BackupExec 11d and I do NOT have the Exchange option for BackupExec.  I am currently using Windows Backup to backup Exchange to a file before BackupExec starts each night.  BackupExec also backs up the location of the First and Second Storage Group.  Is this redundant?  Is there a better way to backup the Exchange server?

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You can purchase the separate Exchange backup for $400 to $600 from Symantec through your vendor. Otherwise, you're stuck with NTbackup.
They will simply give you a license number, you punch it in, and it should open up Exchange backups
if you do not have the exchange option, then having ntbackup backup to a file, and then BE get the file is probably the best option you have.
the only other option would be to shutdown the exchange services, and then backup the storage group files.
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tech1984Author Commented:
I don't think we are going to buy the Exchange Option for BackupExec, so looks like I will be sticking with the ntbackup for this.  Do I need to have BackupExec to grab the path of the First and Second Storage Groups, or can I exclude them to get more on the tape?

Exclude them, and backup the NT backup files.
tech1984Author Commented:
Don't I want the ntbackup files to go to tape in case of complete hardware failure or off site backup purposes?

 use ntbackup to run a backup of the information store, to disk (file)
then use backup exec to back that file(s) up to tape.

the paths to the storage groups are not needed, but all files of each store are needed.

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tech1984Author Commented:

Just so I understand you,
  1. backup Exchange to disk using ntbackup (already doing this)
  2. copy the file created by ntbackup to tape in my BackupExec job (already doing this)
  3. exclude First Storage Group and Second Storage group from BackupExec job.

Is this correct... you last statement is a little unclear "the paths to the storage groups are not needed, but all files of each store are needed."  Did you mean all files are needed in the ntbackup? (which is what I am doing) or did you mean that I need to have BackupExec get these as well (which sounds like duplicating what ntbackup is doing).

yes, the steps are correct. Do just the Exchange backup, not the raw files in NTbackup. Then backup the .bkf file with BackupExec to tape, and eliminate the raw .edb and .stm files from BackupExec.
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