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Why are backups so complicated?

By ma ·
All I want to do is back up the hard drives to tape every night rotating 5 tapes each week. I don't care about volume labels, backup set names, or anything except being able to get the information onto the tapes and then be able, if the drives crash, to restore from the last backup tape. Does anyone know of a simple-to-use program for W2K Server that will do this?
If there's a way to set up NTBackup to do this, help me out please. If you go thru the backup wizard and schedule nightly backups, there's a poroblem with not being able to find the specified tape. All I want it to do is overwrite the info on the tape with the new info, but we have 30-4- clients and I don't have time to go into each one every night and run the backups manually. How do I change the properties of the scheduled event to just overwrite the tape and not stop to ask if I really want to do this, since there's no one there to respond?

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by 1stladytech In reply to Why are backups so compli ...

I would suggest that you look at BackUp Exec by Veritas. It will do what you are asking for and much more.

Vickie

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by ma In reply to Why are backups so compli ...

Veritas is very good, but costs about $1000, not within reach of most small businesses.

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by Ann777 In reply to Why are backups so compli ...

If everything fits on one tape... then checkout this article for NTBACKUP.EXE under Win2000. Use the managed method amd pre-prepare the tape for use the first time and it should run without user intervention thereafter (except of course, you willneed user intervention to manually mount/dismount the tapes).

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q239892

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by rdunn In reply to Why are backups so compli ...

Seems to me that spending some $$ for a good backup solution would pay for itself after one successful restore.

How much would it cost for someone to have to redo their work after you find out that the NTBackup (which I've never liked - becauseof weird things like corrupted restores, etc) bungled the backup job? I'm guessing that it would be significantly more than a good backup solution.

I would look into BackupExec or even TapeWare from Yosemite technologies...(www.tapeware.com) - it's not quite as expensive as BackupExec, but then again, depending on what you're backing up, the price will change accordingly. One other thing is that these programs offer a remote notification feature that NTBackup (not surprisingly) lacks.

Iwill say this about NTBackup vs. other software...you'd be hard-pressed to find a program that will do other network 'servers' (which is what your workstations would be considered as) for under $800.

Good luck and I wish you the best!

Rob

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by timwalsh In reply to Why are backups so compli ...

Unfortunately, a problem you will run into is that most inexpensive, simple to use backup programs will not run on a server OS. Therefore you are usually stuck having to pay for more than you probably need.

If you don't want to go this route, follow the instructions in the KB article that Ann777 references. Follow the instructions for unmanaged backups. Be aware that when using this mode of backup, NTBackup won't care if you have the correct tape in the drive. Whatever tape is in the drive will be overwritten.

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