VM level combined with Exchange DAG backup
A customer has an Exchange 2010 farm with two Exchange Database Servers running in a Windows 2008 VM hosted on vSphere 5.0 HA Cluster. A DAG is created for mailbox HA. We are backup up the databases via the DAG thru the passive copy. We also need to protect the VM's itself for disaster recovery and file level restore. We created a Non-App GRT VM Backup Job for doing just that.
The problem we are facing is however we choose none of the App GRT options, especially the Exchange GRT option is deselected, but the Exchange transaction log files get touched by this VM level backup. This results in the incremental Exchange DAG backups to fail as it states the logs have been touched by another Job than this one.
- Is it true that a VM level backup job, with Exchange GRT de-selected touches the Exchange transaction log files?
- If this is true, how can we design a fully protected Exchange farm? Databases, files and VM.