Since the release of the public beta of Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 last month, there’s been a lot of news coming out about Exchange. This week’s TechEd North America 2009 in Los Angeles has generated some messaging news as well. Perhaps getting a little lost in this flood of information was the announcement on the Microsoft Exchange team blog earlier this week that Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Exchange Server 2007 will be released in Q3 of 2009. The recent focus from the Exchange team on Exchange 2010 has caused some Exchange administrators to questions whether Microsoft would still produce another service pack for Exchange 2007.

The big news in this SP2 announcement is the inclusion of a plug-in that will let you use Windows Server 2008’s Backup utility to perform Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS)–based backups of your Exchange 2007 organization. Nino Bilic of the Exchange team followed up the original post with a new post just on this feature. The key takeaway here is that this backup method, while Exchange-aware, is not Exchange only: Windows Server Backup backs up the entire volume at a go