Best practices for backing up Exchange 2013 Databases.

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.
Domenic DiPasqualeSystem / Network AdministratorAsked:
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AmitIT ArchitectCommented:
If you ask my suggestion. You can run your Exchange without any backup. With DAG you can do this easily,  multiple copies with circular logging. Backup creates lot of problem. Even Microsoft doesn't take any backup in cloud. Especially VSS issues. Without restart it never fixes.

Next windows backup. Remove it from your wish list. Look for 3rd party backup tool.  Like TMG or Net backup.

Best practice: Take just passive db backup, that is enough. If you take full backup logs will be purged automatically. Full + Incremental is best choice.

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