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Windows Server Backup Not Flushing Exchange Logs

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When I do backup of the exchange 2010 server at night using a full system state and bare metal with VSS Full enabled the backup doesn't clear the logs. If  I do a manual backup just pointing to the exchange directory the backup clears the logs is there something I am missing.

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Is it standalone or configured in DAG?
Benjamin MOREAUProject Manager

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Only full backup are flushing logs. Try to plan a full exchange database backup each week for exemple.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd876851.aspx

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@anuroopsnudd no its not just one exchange 2010.

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@MOREAU37 That what i was thinking just create a one job a week the only issue is i cannot store on direct backup drive i would have to do it to the os drive. Is that safe? I mean i want to be sure i am backing up exchange correctly.

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Another issue I see here is I cannot run another job due to that the command line utility isnt supported. To use the plug-in, you must have the Windows Server Backup feature installed. However, you shouldn't install the Windows Server Backup command-line tools. These tools require an older version of the Windows PowerShell command-line interface, which isn't compatible with Exchange 2010. When you install Windows Server Backup, the command-line tool WBAdmin.exe is also installed. This command-line tool can be run from the Windows command prompt (cmd.exe). Am I over thinking here.
Benjamin MOREAUProject Manager

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if you read the article i post before, you ca read this :

"Log truncation will occur only after a successful completion of a full backup of a volume or folders containing an Exchange database."

So, you can backup all the volume containing database.

I prefer for exemple a Symantec BE Granular backup because you can restore mail by mail. With this solution, you have to restore the full database on RSG before to restore a mailbox.

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@Moreau37 So the drive is to big to a do a volume backup due to it being over 2TB the only difference between the manual backup and full is that the full backup does everything on the c drive and exchange database folder. When i do the manual backup i just point it towards the exchange database folder and it clears it doesn't make any sense why i have to do a separate backup.
Benjamin MOREAUProject Manager

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2 solutions :

- use a dedicated volume for Exchange database (it's generally reccomended to use a dedicated physical RAID for this volume). After you can do a full backup of this volume.

- configure circular log on the databse. Be careful, with this solution you will not be able to replay logs in a restore procedure. So, you have to consider that you can only restore from youre last full backup. Read more here : http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa579094(v=exchg.140).aspx

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@Moreau37 Or third go ahead and buy another solution?
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Yes. MS backup is not the best solution. You can use Symantec Backup Exec (this is the solution I use on a lot of clients Exchange server).

Maybe other expert will suggest you other backup solution but i only know this one as good solution (and not expensive !)