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Windows 2008 Bare metal backup for VM & limitations

Windows 2008 R2 (Standard & Enterprise) comes with a
"Bare Metal Backup" feature.

Q1:
Can I take bare metal backups of my VMware VMs using this
feature & how do I restore?  For physical servers, will need
a Win 2008 recovery CD to boot up but how do I do this for
VMware VMs?

I'm doing this as interim solution because the Netbackup vendor
told me current NBU Ver 7.1.0.2 could not support VADP backup
of our VMs (on ESXi 5.0 Upd 1).  There's cases of OS being corrupted

Q2:
Unlike Acronis bare metal backup which could deselect certain drives
/folders (say D: drive of a physical server which hold data/apps files),
I noticed that Win 2008 R2's Bare Metal backup will backup entire
local disks ie if I have C: & D: , it will backup both C: & D: fully &
won't allow me to skip, say D: drives or selected folders.  Anyway
to work around this as I don't want too huge a backups being
created & the Win 2008 bare metal backups to run too long
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Thanks hanccocka.

> exclude volumes from a full Bare Metal Recovery backup in Windows 2008 R2
Think the E: volume is another physical disk.  I found that if I have a HDD
which is partitioned to C: & D:, Win 2008 R2's Bare Metal Backup will
still backup both C: & D:
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