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Can I get some clarification on Windows Server Backup for Exchange 2010?

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I've been reading a lot about Windows Server Backup for Exchange 2010 and I have a new installation of Exchange 2010 that I have only moved a single mailbox over to (from an existing Exchange 2003).

I have run the Windows Server Backup, using the full server option, and it seemed to run smoothly enough, but there are two things I don't know:

1. Did my exchange log files really get truncated and how can I check that?
2. Is this full server backup really useful for a disaster recovery?  The backup is out on the network and safe from an Exchange 2010 server crash.  But is it useable "as is" if I have to do a setup /m:recoverserver in the future?

Thanks.
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Expected secuence for a successfully backup on excahnge 2007 (similar on 2010)

When the jobs starts, this is logged:

 Event Type:      Information
 Event Source:      ESE
 Event Category:      Logging/Recovery
 Event ID:      210
 Date:            17/04/2009
 Time:            05:13:25
 User:            N/A
 Computer:      SERVER3
 Description:
 MSExchangeIS (3680) First Storage Group: A full backup is starting.

Immediately telling you which database is going to be backed up (you would see one for each database).

 Event Type:      Information
 Event Source:      ESE
 Event Category:      Logging/Recovery
 Event ID:      220
 Date:            17/04/2009
 Time:            05:13:25
 User:            N/A
 Computer:      SERVER3
 Description:
 MSExchangeIS (3680) First Storage Group: Beginning the backup of the file E:\Exchange Databases\First Storage Group\Mailbox Database.edb (size 3206 Mb).

When the backup is complete you get this reference:

 Event Type:      Information
 Event Source:      ESE
 Event Category:      Logging/Recovery
 Event ID:      221
 Date:            17/04/2009
 Time:            05:15:18
 User:            N/A
 Computer:      SERVER3
 Description:
 MSExchangeIS (3680) First Storage Group: Ending the backup of the file E:\Exchange Databases\First Storage Group\Mailbox Database.edb.

With the database backed up, the logs begin. The Exchange backup will include the logs that were generated while the backup was running. This store is quite small, so only a few log files are required:

 Event Type:      Information
 Event Source:      ESE
 Event Category:      Logging/Recovery
 Event ID:      223
 Date:            17/04/2009
 Time:            05:15:18
 User:            N/A
 Computer:      SERVER3
 Description:
 MSExchangeIS (3680) First Storage Group: Starting the backup of log files (range D:\Exchange Transaction Logs\First Storage Group\E0000005127.log - D:\Exchange Transaction Logs\First Storage Group\E0000005136.log).

If the Backup was successful, then the complete message is logged:

 Event Type:      Information
 Event Source:      ESE
 Event Category:      Logging/Recovery
 Event ID:      213
 Date:            17/04/2009
 Time:            05:15:56
 User:            N/A
 Computer:      SERVER3
 Description:
 MSExchangeIS (3680) First Storage Group: The backup procedure has been successfully completed.

Finally, the committed transaction logs are flushed. You will notice that the last log being flushed is the one immediately before the log backed up earlier in the sequence.

 Event Type:      Information
 Event Source:      ESE BACKUP
 Event Category:      General
 Event ID:      916
 Date:            17/04/2009
 Time:            05:18:16
 User:            N/A
 Computer:      SERVER3
 Description:

Information Store (3680) Deleting log files D:\Exchange Transaction Logs\First Storage Group\E00000050E1.log to D:\Exchange Transaction Logs\First Storage Group\E0000005126.log.

The backup is successfully completed

source info from http://blog.sembee.co.uk/post/Successful-Exchange-2007-Backup-Log-Sequence.aspx
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