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windows 2003 backup with password protect

Posted on 2004-09-29
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what methods are there to secure a micrsoft backup tape?
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The NTBackup tool does not support password protection of backups, but does allow access to be restricted (for overwrite backups, not appends) to owners and administrators. This file or media can then be kept in a secure location.

Veritas Backup Exec and other commercial systems support password protection of the actual media, so data cannot be restored by unauthorised persons.

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but can an administrator of any other computer also access this tape or does it have to be the administrator/domain with password as specified during the backup?
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Under NTBackup, only the owner of the media (ie the person that made it) and the members of the local administrators group ON THAT MACHINE can restore it.

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so how could the tape be restored to another PC/server in the future in case of failure?
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Simply don't select the option to restrict access to owners and administrators. This is the default setting.

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and then lose any security?
it appears earlier versions of MS backup did indeed have a password protect option - maybe that's going to be declared as a new feature in Longhorn?!
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Security features are included in the commercial backup products. Perhaps microsoft are trying to encourage us to move to commercial products.

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