Toddah, please bring on the questions! It's why we wanted to start the forums - to ask questions and discuss topics such as this one
Is there a "system state" option in the file_IDA client or Windows file_IDA or in some other Simpana module I have to be sure is turned on?
Yes! The option is checked by default on the subclient of the Windows File System Agent
Do I need to be doing a seperate "system state" backup job within Simpana 8?
As long as the "backup system state" option is checked it will be included within the backup job for that subclient.
Do I need to be doing a manual System State backup outside of the Simpana 8.0 software environment?
No. The Windows File System agent provides you with this level of coverage.