Backup Exchange 2010 Server with Backup Exec 2012

I want to backup up my Exchange server however I don't want to backup the databases. I have a backup routine that just backs up the database. I want to just backup the system. I have the drive letters: C;, D: , and E:

C is the normal OS and Program Files Partition
D has exchange installed into it
E is where the databases are located.

So when I create my backup job do i backup C and D? Then the system state?

Thanks for the help

Mike
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akhalighiCommented:
Look for bare metal option , that takes everything .
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me6093Author Commented:
THank you for the comment. I'm not looking to get everything, just the os/exchange and leave out the datbases. I backup the databases seperatly.

Thanks

MIke
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akhalighiCommented:
I think with Bare Metal you should be able to select the volumes that you want to backup ; don't you get the option ?
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SommerblinkCommented:
Yes, the short answer to your question is that you will backup the C and D drives and the system state. Just check the E drive to make sure that there wasn't anything else on there that someone may have put there.

While I know that you want to specifically exclude the Exchange database, I do hope that you have another job somewhere that is backing up the databases... note I didn't say disk, there is a distinction.

The reason why backing up the databases are important is so that the transaction logs can be truncated. Failing to enable circular logging on the databases and failing to backup the databases will cause whatever drive the transaction logs are being put on to ultimately fill up and cause Exchange to dismount the database(s).

The only way to recover from this is to either A) Perform a full backup on the Exchange database(s) or B) Enable circular logging, mount the database(s), allow exchange to truncate the logs, then dismount the database, disable circular logging, then remounting the database... and then get a real backup going....

Option B is faster than A, but A allows you to maintain a point-in-time recovery objective. B does not.
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