SAN Transport and VM's with Multiple Drives
I have SQL, SharePoint and Exchange servers virtualized. Most of these instances have the OS partition on one SAN LUN and the data on a different drive which is on a different LUN. My question is how to best back these up.
In addition to that, if I am doing a backup by hitting the vcenter and grabbing vmdks like that, will it get both drives that are associated with the vm server even though they are on different SAN LUNs (os and data)? Will i still be able to granularly recover SQL, SP, and EXCH if needed in this scenario?
Not sure why but i feel more comfortable doing direct SQL, Exch, or SharePoint backups using the specific agents like if they were physical boxes instead of just grabbing the whole server via vcenter (utilizing SAN transport). Am i being foolish? Do I need to forget my old school mindset? Is doing the vcenter (san transport) backup equally as reliable?