I started out investigating Best Practices for VSS. I moved the Shadow copies over to my backup disk drive. During my investigation I noticed that Ntbackup does not use the VSS writer provided with Exchange. Hmm… Since I was learning more about Exchange backup then I intended to, I decided to investigate/run Exmerge. The Diva’s instructions were a little better for me than Petri. I have always liked “brick level” backups but I have never had the need on my home server. Backup Exec is the preferred solution but Exmerge will do for those on a budget.