What should be included in a daily backup using BackupExec

OK I am new at this so I have been just using what my predecessor had set up but it is very inconsistent sometimes the Utility Partition and System State were selected, sometimes just one of them and sometimes none.  So what should be includes in a daily full backup of each server.

We use a tape backup system with 8 tapes and we use a 14 day rotation of the tapes.
From our "C" "D" drive we have selected the needed folders and files.
Do I need the utility partition? Do I need the System State?
What should be selected on our Microsoft Exchange server?  I only have the "Microsoft Information Store" selected.

We do a monthly fully selected backup for each of our servers for disaster recovery.

Thank you for your suggestions!
John HausknechtITAsked:
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Tony GiangrecoCommented:
Normally, when setting up a backup of a server, you select Full so all drives are backed up (excluding the tape drive or network drive that you are backing up to).

If you have the appropriate licenses to handle everything on that server and enough space for the backup, your backup should run properly.  If you are new to Backup Exec, I suggest reviewing the installation and administrator's manual. Backup Exec is a great product but it can take quite a bit of time to learn the options depending on your server's configuration.

You didn't mention the version you have, but you can easily go to www.symantec.com and download the manuals that use need.

Hope this helps.
John HausknechtITAuthor Commented:
We are on the latest version of BackupExec 15.

We do a monthly full backup of each server with everything selected with the SDR indicator green, we keep two sets one set is save off site.  These are for disaster recovery.
The daily backups are for recovery of files or emails that were deleted and need to be recovered, we keep these for 2 weeks then reuse the tape.

What are your thoughts will this work for a good disaster recovery.
Tony GiangrecoCommented:
I would extend the retension period on the daily backup to one month to be safe. We follow the same pattern as you with a 30 day expiration on daily backups.

It's good to hear you are on top of DR. I find it takes a back seat at most companies until they get burned once.

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