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NTBackup event log shows completed, but actually it's not.

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I run a backup using NTBackup, and log the output to a file. In the Event Viewer, it says the backup completed as normal (Event ID 8001), but when I checked the log it's not. Upon completion, the log file is supposed to show the backup size, date, time but it doesn't. Why is it so?
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by:Netman66
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Do you have Detailed or Summary selected for the logging type?

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by:yatie
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Event log:

Event ID:8001, Source: NTBackup, Type: Info
Description: EndBackup of 'E:' Verify:Off Mode:Append Type:Normal

The log file should be like this:

aaa.xls
Backup completed on mm/dd/yy at hh:mm:ss.
Backed up xxxxx files in yyyy directories.
Processed zzzzzz in hh hours, mm minutes, and ss seconds

But, this part went missing, and the backup is confirmed not completed by checking the content of the log file, cataloging, and compare with the directories.
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by:Netman66
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Does anything get logged in that file?  Is it even created?

Perhaps, the SYSTEM no longer has proper access to the log directory?  Just a guess.

Advise.



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by:nicholasp
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Firstly, is the backup being performed with the "/e" option? if so then it will not log everything only exceptions.

Secondly is the backup set to varify? if so it may be hanging on varify - if so check your scsi card.

Next, how old is your media? if it is over 2 years old and your verify is failing you will probably need new tapes.

One final thing to check... is your machine running from a UPS,  if so make sure your backup drive is on the UPS also (assuming it is external)
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by:nicholasp
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turn on verify. if it fails, it's probably your hardware.
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by:yatie
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netman66,
as I said, only that part is missing. the log file was generated, but not completed as in the earlier msg.

nicholasp,
1. nope
2. nope. verifying will double the whole backup process. tested earlier.
3. new
4. internal tape drive.
5. h/w is ok. this is an injtermittent problem. most of the time it's ok, using the same script.

anybody else has experience in this?

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by:netmach
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yatie, what is the make/model/firmware of the tape drive?

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