I have several 2012 servers. All are using the built in Windows Server backup program.
When I backup using the built in server backup tool, I assume that the backup includes open SQL databases and other open files?
Do I need BackupExec with a SQL agent?
Right now I backup bare metal recovery, system state, recovery partition, and my two hard drives on each server
I am assuming that a VSS backs up everything regardless if a file is locked by another program or not.
In a worse case scenario, how do I restore a server using bare metal restore. I cannot find a document telling me how to do it? Do I make a 2012 bootable DVD? I see documents on doing the backup and where is the document that tells me how to restore?