Details of Exchange 2007 SP2 in-box backup when running on Windows Server 2008

Sweet, about time too, but?!check out this too its a better way, but will not work on CCR clusters

. . .As we mentioned in our Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 2 available in Q3 2009 – 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:

The backup integration will enable Windows Server Backup to backup Exchange data. Note that there is no specific “Exchange only” granularity when you are backing things up. In other words, the backup is volume-based. If Exchange data is on C: drive, backing up the C: drive will also give you an Exchange-aware backup of Storage Groups located on that drive (and purge the transaction logs from all backed up Storage Groups if backup completed successfully)

Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Virtualization

Another one:

We are pleased to announce official support for server virtualization for Office Communications Server 2007 R2.

We are introducing support for both a fully distributed virtualized topology across several hypervisors and for a single server virtualized topology. These topologies are supported on Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and any Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP) certified partner solution (

Running Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 in a Virtualized Topology

Interesting read:

This whitepaper defines the supported topologies and provides best practice recommendations for running Office Communications Server 2007 R2 and SQL Server 2008 in a Windows Hyper-V environment or other hypervisor technologies.

Office Communications Server 2007 R2 can be deployed onto Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, or onto any virtualization solution that is a certified partner through the Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP) certified partners for the following workloads:

  • Presence
  • IM (including conferencing, remote access, federation, and Public IM Connectivity)
  • Group Chat

This whitepaper:

  • Identifies which server roles are supported in a virtualized environment
  • Provides guidance for scaling users and workloads in a virtualized environment

This document describes the results of a series of configurations that were run in a Hyper-V environment to validate that Office Communications Server on Hyper-V provides stable performance and scalability for production use.