Please help my NTbackup PITA

Posted on 2004-09-04
Last Modified: 2013-12-19
I have 1 server in particular that is running NTbackup on a nightly basis to backup the HD partitions and the system state. The backup is only about 10GB with a DDS3 "WangDAT Model 3400DX SCSI Sequential Device" drive.

I am using a script compliments of IronWill that inventories the drive and then runs a backup. A copy of the script is at the bottom.

I have this EXACT same script in MANY other instances that is working flawlessly, but I have been playing with this for a long time and I have yet to find a solution for this one. The problem is that every time it starts the script, it will give me "The operation was not performed because no storage media was specified." every single time. However, I took the time one day to completely Free every tape and try again and it was then sporatic (ie working 1 day out of the week). I have also cleaned the drive a few weeks ago just to see if it may be related to dirty heads.

I can schedule it or I can run it manually and it still usually gives the same error.

I am at a loss, I would give anything for someone to fix this PITA.

cd /d "D:\Backups\"

rem for /f %%a in ('ntdate -f %%A') do set varDayName=%%a
set varDayName=%1
for /f %%a in ('ntdate -f %%Y') do set varYear=%%a
for /f %%a in ('ntdate -f %%m') do set varMonth=%%a
for /f %%a in ('ntdate -f %%d') do set varDay=%%a

set varWeek=%2
rem set varWeek=%varWeek:~-2%
if not "%3"=="" set varWeek=%varWeek%%3
set varTapeName=Week %varWeek% - %varDayName%

rem If %varDayName%==Friday (set varBackupType=Normal) Else (set varBackupType=Incremental)
set varBackupType=Normal


rem Run an inventory to refresh the currently loaded tape
rem Rename the name below to the tape drive in the server
rsm inventory /lf"WangDAT Model 3400DX SCSI Sequential Device" /AFULL
sleep 120

rem Below is Windows Server 2003 ntbackup command
start "" /wait ntbackup backup "@D:\Backups\Daily.bks" /n "%varDay%/%VarMonth%/%VarYear%" /d "Backup set created %varYear%/%varMonth%/%varDay%" /v:no /r:no /rs:no /hcRed Facen /m normal /j "Daily" /l:s /p "4mm DDS" /um

rem Change UserName on the following two lines to the user account that the backups run under
for /f %%a in ('dir "c:\Documents and Settings\abertram\local settings\application data\microsoft\windows nt\ntbackup\data\*.log" /od /b') do set varLog=%%a
set varLog=c:\Documents and Settings\abertram\local settings\application data\microsoft\windows nt\ntbackup\data\%varLog%
type "%varLog%">>BackupMail.txt

rem Find and calculate totals
for /f "tokens=*" %%a in ('type "%varLog%"^|find "Backup started"^|find /n "Backup started"^|sort /r') do set varBackupStarted=%%a
set varBackupStarted=%varBackupStarted:[1]=%
for /f "tokens=*" %%a in ('type "%varLog%"^|find "Backup completed"') do set varBackupCompleted=%%a

set varDirs=0
for /f "tokens=2" %%a in ('type "%varLog%"^|find "Directories:"') do call :countdirs %%a

set varFiles=0
for /f "tokens=2" %%a in ('type "%varLog%"^|find "Files:"') do call :countfiles %%a

set varBytes=0
for /f "tokens=2" %%a in ('type "%varLog%"^|find "Bytes:"') do (set varBytesTemp=%%a) & (call :countbytes)

rem Only usable by Windows 2000
rem set varSkipped=0
rem for /f "tokens=2" %%a in ('type "%varLog%"^|find "Skipped:"') do call :countskipped %%a

echo Totals:>>BackupMail.txt
echo %varBackupStarted% 1>>BackupMail.txt
echo %varBackupCompleted% 1>>BackupMail.txt
echo Directories: %varDirs% 1>>BackupMail.txt
echo Files: %varFiles% 1>>BackupMail.txt
rem echo Skipped: %varSkipped% 1>>BackupMail.txt
echo MegaBytes: %varBytes% 1>>BackupMail.txt

rem The folder below is the location of the Pickup folder for your SMTP server
rem Use a UNC path if the folder is on another machine

Blat BackupMail.txt -subject "IDT Reliant Backed up %varBytes%MB" -to
del BackupMail.txt

goto :eof

set /a varDirs=%varDirs%+%1
goto :eof

set /a varFiles=%varFiles%+%1
goto :eof

set varBytesTemp=%varBytesTemp:,=%
set varBytesTemp=%varBytesTemp:~0,-3%
set /a varBytesTemp=%varBytesTemp%/1024
set /a varBytes=%varBytes%+%varBytesTemp%
goto :eof

set /a varSkipped=%varSkipped%+%1
goto :eof
Question by:Daace21
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as you mentioned the same script works fine on other machines and the machines gives error even if you schedule or run manually, this leads to the problem with the system not the script. is this server 2k or NT? Most of the time, i have seen NTbackup going wrong and never recovered, unless system re-install(which i did once only to see if it fixes the prob and it did). I am still using ntbackup on few machines and its working, but have switched either to arc server or backup exec.  a very basic thing, before you start backup, is your backup media listed in hardware devices?
i am posting a link here which has ntbackup troubleshooting tips, maybe it leads you to something which you are missing.

Troubleshooting Tape Backup Issues in Windows NT
good luck

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Thanks for the link.  I too think it has to do something with the drive.  However, I just cleaned the drive and ran the backup job again and it worked, but I don't see it working again by itself.  I'll check out that link.  Thanks!

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Also, the OS is WIN2K3.  People still use NT? :)
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:) oh yes..there are a lot of people who are still on NT4! im one of them:)
BTW here is another link form EE which may give you some lead, its about win2k server


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I've already looked at that post. :(  no luck

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sorry for late reply. I am sorry to say but i have seen many people having trouble with windows backup, either they switch to some other software or rebuild the machine. cant suggest more than that.

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