SBS and WEBS 2008 Backup Fails to Backup Exchange Server

The following errors are reported in the Event Log Windows Logs/Application when you run the built-in backup that is part of Small Business Server 2008 (SBS) or Windows Essential Business Server 2008 (WEBS):

Event ID 565 – Consistency check for component StorageGroup-GUID\’Microsoft Exchange Server\Microsoft Information Store\SERVER’ failed. Application ‘Exchange’ will not be avaliable in the backup done at time ‘date time’

The Event Viewer log at Application and Services Logs/Microsoft/Windows/Backup/Operational shows that everything completed fine but the Windows Server Backup administrative tool says backup completed with warnings. Double-clicking the backup record shows:

Application will not be available for recovery from this backup. Consistency
check failed for component Microsoft Exchange Server\Microsoft Information

This seems to be related to having enabled Local Continous Replication (LCR) on the Exchange mailbox database. This is unfortunate as LCR is such a useful tool in recovery for Exchange Servers that I would want to enable it as a matter of course, and spec my SBS servers to have enough disk space to store LCR copies. Note that the actual Exchange databases and log files are backed up as part of the volume backup, just not as part of the application aware backup and that might result in invalid restores as the volume level backup is not Exchange aware.

Please Microsoft, will you make the VSS backup for Exchange 2007 that is included in SBS and WEBS LCR aware. Thanks.



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