I am running SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition on a Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise. I'm using the standard backup and restore for the server portion and the native SQL Backups for the databases.
I want to exempt the Transaction Log and Data File Directories from the Server backup because I am taking SQL Backups and I don't want to waste space backing up the same objects twice.
However, SQL Server cannot start without the Master database (and perhaps others as well). What's the best process/solution for this?