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I have been tasked with trying to figure out a way to do this.

BES Express with Database on a SQL 2008 Std Server, ~20 users. VMware based.

I am thinking of using database mirroring and/or log shipping to a DR site where I have another BES Express server set up to look at the DR Database, with all the services turned off.

Should the main site go down completely, I would start all the BES services on the DR site.

Would this work? The DR site would also have a Backup DC, along with a second Exchange Server (DAG), SQL Server and BES.
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Or in fact, would it be a simpler task to have BES Express using its own local database, and should DR happen, the VM Backup from the previous night restored and powered on at the DR site?

I'm not entirely sure what the database holds - would there be any noticeable data loss to the end user? I'd imagine as long as email keeps flowing and they dont lose anything on their BB's it would be ok.
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20 users will be well supported by locally installed SQLE (as part of BES Express).

Then you could configure a DR on the virtualizer level.

Daily full backup that could be restored on another location will be perfectly acceptable. The DB of BES keeps the configurations of the BB devices,  so it doen't change so often. However, if you loss the DB yo will have to reconnect and reconfigure all devices, so it will be wise to have a regular backup (best way of the whole server, that in case you have installed BES on dedicated server.)
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