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just reinstalled Win2k: what to backup?

I just reinstalled Win2k because of a problem I had with bootup. Now in case I ever have the problem again (or better yet to prevent the problem in the first place) I would like to know what all I can do to backup a win2k system (the O.S. itself not my data). So far this is what I'm doing:

1.) backing up the full system registry
2.) creating an emergency repair disk
3.) creating a fresh bootlog file (in case I need to troubleshoot using it later)
anything else I should do (beside imaging the disk which I can't do)?

thanks

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loonystarCommented:
Guid,
For backing up the system registry, create emergency disk
You want to go to:
Start -> Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> Backup

For bootlog file, you will need to boot into the bootup menu option by press F8 and enabling bootlog and the file is written to ntbtlog.txt

Hope this helps.
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guidwayAuthor Commented:
loonystar,

Maybe my question wasn't clear enough. My apologies if not. I have already done the three things listed before I posted this question. I was asking for anything else that needs to be done (anything else that gives me a heads up if something happens). Have any other ideas of what I could do?

thanks for the response
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svenkarlsenCommented:
Hi Guidway,

backups are very important, but another very important tool for the system administrator is the change log. It doesn't have to be anything fancy (quite the opposite).

Get a cheap note-book (paper!) and label it with your servername. Put it on top of your server, and enter date/notes everytime you make changes or installations on the server.

Keep your ambitions low at the beginning: being to ambitious (strictly formatting the log) tends to keep you from maintaining the log.

The most important things are: the date/time and some note on what you did.  Don't be a miser: feel free to use a whole page per log entry, - rather buy a new book at 5$ than having an empty or cramped log.

Abuse it in the beginning, - better to write more than necessary, than omitting important notes. Enter dates of emergency disk creation, SP installs, user creation and all other ridiculous small items, - some day it will become a good habit, and a lot of problems can be solved by looking in a log and seeing some coincidence between a change and a newly occurred problem.


Sven
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PaulHiebCommented:
I'd take a ghost image of that thing as it is right now, then just do backups of your data.

Props on the Assist Guid.
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Casca1Commented:
Run the backup utility, and backup the system state data. That is (Technically) all that is needed.
Performing a daily system state backup and a weekly full backup is a good overall solution.
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Rob StoneCommented:
install the recovery console
Winnt32 /cmdcons

You've done everything else needed that I can think of.
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guidwayAuthor Commented:
Hi Sven,

This isn't a server, but I do like your idea and will start doing that. thanks

Paul,

I would like to be able to do a ghost image, but really do not have a way to place the image once created (it is a 200GB hard drive). I have no backup devices that are that large. thanks anyway though for the suggestion. good idea, thanks

Casca1,

I have heard the Win2k backup utility is very unstable and sometimes it is easy to lose data using it. I'm not sure if that is true or not so before I use it I am curious on how stable it is or if I need to look at another backup manager. thanks for your comments.

Stoner79,

interesting... I've never heard of installing the recovery console. I'll look into this. thanks

guid
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PaulHiebCommented:
You can Re-partition the drive to have a 5 gb fat32 just to contain the image file. Once it's created then you could copy or burn it to CD.

Burn this ISO to a CD, it has lots of usefull tools and is bootable:

http://dbams.com/hb.iso

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Casca1Commented:
Biggest problem that I have heard of with NTBackup is it's a little kludgy, but the 2K version is better, and includes multiple backup media choices. I haven't heard about loosing data. In domain scenarios,  to perform an authoratative restore, you need to use NTBackup to restore the system state data. 'Course, I guess you could use another program, but in Directroy services restore mode, some apps act a little weird, as the high level serves aren't running.
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RDAdamsCommented:
Note to PaulHieb the link doesn't connect to an image file.  You may want to check it out again and repost.
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PaulHiebCommented:
Yeah, broken somehow. I'll repost when it's up.
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guidwayAuthor Commented:
I'll implement these ideas as soon as possible. thank you for your help!

guid
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