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Exchange 2010 SP2: Differential/Incremental Backups with Windows Server 2008 R2

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Using Windows Server 2008 R2 backup, can you run differential or incremental backups of the Exchange 2010 databases?  Will transaction logs flush?  Thanks.
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Differential backup does not purge logs so only way is Full or Incrmental

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Windows Server Backup uses VSS and block-level backup technology. After the first full backup is created, Windows Server Backup automatically runs incremental backups..

Refer following articles for more details..

Use Windows Server Backup to Back Up Exchange
http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/datacenter/back-up-exchange-2010-with-this-windows-server-2008-r2-feature/3006

Exchange and Windows Server Backup
http://blogs.technet.com/b/timmcmic/archive/2011/07/12/exchange-and-windows-server-backup.aspx
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there is no way to decide to take full/incremental or differential when using the built-in windows backup

Full / Incremental will flush the logs. Differential will not
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Just to be clear, so can you do Full/Incremental with Windows Server 2008 R2 native backup or not?
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technically you cannot decide you just say "full" and windows will decide which one to run
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Yes you only can do Full with Windows and for Incremental\Differential you can do others as well

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