spayneWe use a combination of NTBackup and Kaseya BUDR. We use the NTBackup to do two backups to a .bkf file as a scheduled job so that we know the logs are being cleared and that we have a viable backup. We then also use BUDR so that we have an image of all the files. We use a script to monitor the .bkf backup folders and the Exchange log folders. The script emails us a directory listing of those two folders so that we can quickly look at the date stamps and sizes to make sure those backups are happening. It is a little bit of a kluge but it seems to work.
Please let me know if you want it and I'll send you the script (it is pretty simple).
boudjThe biggest issue with the current version of BUDR (2.0) is that the VSS piece is crap and you shouldn't use it. In the new version (BUDR 3.0) Acronis decided that using the MS VSS is a good idea and now it works.
With that being said I usually folow a backup method like what spayne uses.
Now when BUDR 3.0 is released I'd probably go with just using BUDR for the backups. Now if you need to get to the brick level of Exchange, or the table level of SQL, or flush logs for either, then you'll need to use another app to get you to these levels.
Finally, Acronis just came out with an Exchange & SQL BUDR product that will do this (as well as flush logs!). I asked K about adding this to their BUDR product and they said that they will look into doing this with BUDR 4 (which I believe is a no brainer for them). With that being said I wouldn't expect to see it added until this time next year.