Typical Exchange Server Backup

Dear Experts

I needed some advice.

I have a typical exchange 2010 server.

the server is virtualized using server 2012.

what should I back up exactly.
TTAF4Asked:
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Sushil SonawaneCommented:
You can backup virtual server and exchange database also. Because both backup are important in there place.

After take exchange database backup with exchange aware backup solution then exchange  logs  purge so that you save your disk space. But it not possible in virtual server backup.
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Neil RussellTechnical Development LeadCommented:
"But it not possible in virtual server backup."  Rubbish!

Why on earth do you say it is NOT possible in a Virtual environment?

Windows Server Backup is perfectly capable of doing an Exchange aware backup and purging the log files.  You do not need any 3rd party software at all.

For a full walkthrough see...

http://www.mikepfeiffer.net/2010/03/backing-up-exchange-2010-using-windows-server-backup/
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Imtiaz HashamTechnical Director / IT ConsultantCommented:
ok, just to give you a bit of background, adding to Neil's comments:

- If you backup the virtual hard drive, it would not be exchange-aware hence not purging the logs.

My recommendations are either:

a. Get an exchange aware backup solution (although windows is, it can't access the MS Exchange remotely on another server).

b. Backup the virtual drive as a whole after enabling Circular Logging - I WOULD NEVER DO THIS!  Because you can't be sure if your backups are ok.
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Neil RussellTechnical Development LeadCommented:
Just to confirm what ihasham says, NEVER enable circular logging for an extended period of time. By all means when you NEED to to solve an issue, go ahead BUT stronly recomend you dont do it just to avoid having log files consume disk space.
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TTAF4Author Commented:
ok thank you all

should i backup the log files as well?
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Imtiaz HashamTechnical Director / IT ConsultantCommented:
When you run an exchange aware backup - like MS's built in service, it will commit the logs to the database :)
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