I currently have 2 Exchange server 2013 Standard servers, both with active databases, and 1 DAG configured to create passive copies of the databases to each other. Both of the servers are virtual, and I use Veeam backup to take snapshots of the exchange servers. I would like to start creating more backups of the databases and was looking at the Windows backup role that exchange setup installs. Has anyone had experience using Windows backup utility with exchange server 2013? Also:
1. If I use this utility, does the backup utility dismount the mail stores to backup the databases?
2. Is it safe to use windows backup while using a DAG configuration?
3. Does the utility perform any maintenance such as cleaning up transaction logs?
Thank you for your time.