There has surely been enough discussion on this blog (and other community sites) how Windows Server Backup on Windows Server 2008 does not provide any out-of-the-box functionality to backup Exchange 2007. Some examples on our blog are here and here, but there were a ton of related comments on other relatively unrelated blog posts as well. There was no lack of opinions on the subject!
As we mentioned in our announcement of Exchange 2007 Service Pack 2— we are going to ship the backup plug-in with Exchange 2007 SP2. We wanted to share some additional details around what we are shipping:
Detailed documentation will be available when SP2 ships. Although this backup solution does not provide all of the functionality that's available when Exchange 2007 is installed on Windows Server 2003— it does cover the main scenarios that a smaller organization would require (and even larger organizations could use in a pinch), and of course, will be provided at no additional cost.
Thank you for all the relentless feedback that you gave us on the subject. It is safe to say that your feedback was directly related to us doing this work!
- Nino Bilic