We purchased a backup system for all our servers, where it backs up every 15 or 30 minutes.
If there is a total server failure the system allows it to be virtualized so the users can keep working after the virtualized server comes up and stays up until the real server is fixed. I have questioned them on the SQL server because I wasn't sure if it was backing up correctly.
They assured me it is. When I go to the BDR or Shadow protect server ( which is the system we bought) I can go to an server and look at the backups. For SQL I see all the drives, folders, etc. It basically takes a copy of everything every 30 minutes. In my SQLDATA folder I see all the databases and log files that are just copied over. There is no .bak on anything so I know its just a copy. We do not have enterprise edition so is this okay? I know I need to restore to find out and that is my next question. How would I restore these, Just drop the database and attach the one I moved over from the backup. Would this be the proper way to test?