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Hi experts

I am running NTBACKUP.EXE on some server, and I can not find a way for the backup utility to shoot me an email message with the status of each backup job, such backup so and os has started and all those good suff.

I really don't like to use a third party solution like veritas, because I am trying to save the company some money.

Is there any way like script or whatever that would do it with NTBACKUP?

Thank you in advanced, and I will appreciate any help from any expert.

MJ
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by:Fatal_Exception
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never had to do this, but you could configure an action to email you the backup report that is generated with each backup... it is located in the ntbackup/data folder and is usually named backup01.log...  Now the problem with this is that the name will change, unless you delete it after reviewing it...
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by:JamesDS
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bit of a long shot this one, but you could try this:

Write an RFC822 email header and save it as a text file
Write the footer and save that

use a batch file copy command to concatenate the header, backup report and footer and copy the result into the drop directory of an IIS SMTP server - whoch with a little (ok a LOT!) luck will decide its a great idea to email it to you.

Frankly a very long shot indeed, but I have had a lot of caffiene this morning and i'm thinking a bit laterally!

As an alternative, if your comany sells IT stuff that you could become a veritas partner - they supply free versions to partners for internal use only.

Cheers

JamesDS
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by:Fatal_Exception
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Hmmm..   Never would have considered the partner program...  Now that is a great idea.!!  And thanks for elaborating on the email theory..  I just did not know how it could actually be done..  let me get into my second or third cup of java and maybe I can think like that..!!

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by:JamesDS
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FE

You'd be amazed who will give out free software to "partners", sometimes free and sometimes for a small payment.

Microsoft does the MAPS programs which gets you £5k+ of software for a subscription of only £200
Well worth it

Cheers
JamesDS
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Yes, I knew about MS's program, and you are right on target on price, as it goes here in the US for $295.  Most of my home network runs off of their software..  :)  But I had never of thought of suggesting it as an answer here..  A great idea...
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Thanks, glad to help :)
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