rfn wrote:The disadvantage is that if our primary SAN fails then we loose VBR as well and can't restore backups before we install a new instance of VBR and connect it to the database.
That's not 100% true. Have you considered using a tiny restore utility
that would allow you to restore VMs without having backup console?
rfn wrote:That would protect the database and I have no plans of protecting the VBR server more than that. Is that the way to go?
rfn wrote:Is it possible to set the location of the database when using SQL Server Express?
Yes, you can edit SQL database location via registry keys
rfn wrote:Will this work? I have problem in loosing the current Search Server indexes as they're never used, but will new indexes be created once the new server starts creating backups?
Yes, that will work. Please be aware that index is stored with the backup file itself as well, so there is no way to loose index data completely.
Please check out our sticky v5 FAQ for more information about indexing.