Not able to backup Exchange 2010 after virtualization?

Currently we use Retrospect to backup our Exchange 2010. I expect it will still work after the Exchange 2010 gets virtualized next month.
But I was told that after virtualization my current backup solution will not be working. I'm wondering why not. Can you help me understand this please?
CastlewoodAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
It should work the same, but maybe you want to look at a more efficient Backup Product, which handles virtual machines.

See my EE Article

http://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/18442/HOW-TO-Backup-VMware-vSphere-Hypervisor-ESXi-Virtual-Machine-Guide.html

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Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
If this is specifically used for backing up Exchange and it is an Exchange Aware backup then it will continue to work. It would be in your best interest to backup Exchange using an EXCHANGE AWARE backup software rather than backing up the entire VM.

Will.
CastlewoodAuthor Commented:
Exchange Aware backup software? What does it mean? What Retrospect does is, using an agent installed on Exchange to back Exchange databases and individual mail boxes. Is it Exchange Aware?
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CastlewoodAuthor Commented:
Also, Will, you mentioned "in your best interest to backup Exchange ... rather than backing up the entire VM."
I understand backing up the entire VM. But what did you mean "backup Exchange" ? Just Exchange databases or what?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Your current method of backup, is not efficient, you are still thinking physical!

Try out Veeam Backup and Replication, see my EE Article

(Veeam backs up virtual machines, and is also Exchange aware!)

http://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/18442/HOW-TO-Backup-VMware-vSphere-Hypervisor-ESXi-Virtual-Machine-Guide.html
Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
There are a lot of Exchange Aware backup software like Backup Exec, Netbackup (to name a few). An Exchange aware backup software will truncate the logs after a full backup is completed. Using something that images the entire VM or another process that does a block level backup of the entire machine is not the appropriate way to backup and or restore Exchange.

Will.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Using something that images the entire VM or another process that does a block level backup of the entire machine is not the appropriate way to backup and or restore Exchange.

Veeam Backup and Replication is EXCHANGE AWARE!

http://www.veeam.com/blog/exchange-backup-recovery.html
Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
Yes simply backing up the entire VM will not suffice for the databases for Exchange. As the other poster has stated veeam is Exchange Aware. I was simply stating that backing up the complete VM is not the appropriate way to backup Exchange in itself. However there seems to be built-in mechanisms that make Veeam Exchange Aware. You just want to make sure that whatever software you plan to use that it is in act Exchange Aware.

Will.
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