Windows 2000 - NTBACKUP Tape Overwrite

Posted on 2004-10-26
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
I am using NTBACKUP (not command line method) to do my backups.

The version is 5.0 by Veritas.

How do I setup the backup job to overwrite tapes for each scheduled backup?

My other solution is to use the command line in a script to overwrite my tapes but I would like to use the NTBACKUP from the GUI.

Is there a better solution?

Question by:j4piper
    LVL 20

    Expert Comment


    When you create a backup job, you should see the option to overwrite data on the media, which will overwrite, rather than "append" which won't,

    If you're using the backup wizard you'll need to click on the advanced option to enable overwrite as append is the default,

    Deb :))

    Author Comment

    I don't see the advanced option button.  I have an options button available under Tools but no where do I see append or overwrite.

    LVL 20

    Expert Comment

    Are you trying to edit an existing job or schedule a new one?

    Author Comment

    Also, when I run the ntbackup from the command line I get;

    The requested media is not blank. It was created from another application. Continue: Yes or No

    How do I force the command line to never ask me this question?

    As you might know, I am trying to make this backup be non-interactive so I can run this at 2AM.
    LVL 20

    Accepted Solution

    I use veritas exec now - but I seem to remember this being a pain with standard nt backup on a tape drive which is what you're doing?

    From the gui - I think the problem is with the name of the media - you need to keep that constant for the media that you're using if it's say a dds4 tape etc.

    Start the backup wizard, make your selections drives, system state etc.-

    Trouble is with tape drives it always defaults to New Media, unless there's another media label in use, if it's a new tape select new media, otherwise you'll see a list on the drop down list. Then when you click next - you get the finish screen which is where the advanced button is. If you click on this, you then get additional options, (I've just checked this out on my 2k test server running the same version)

    ie Type of backup - next
    Verify and compression options - I always use verify to check all is ok - next
    Then you get options of replace data or append - select replace - next
    Then you get the labels - and the defaults aren't helpful, especially if you're rotating tapes,
    Depends on your backup sets but if it's a simple say Monday to Friday routine, for Monday give both labels the label Monday

    The media label is what it looks for on subsequent jobs I think so you need to use a fixed media name - click next, set your schedule, and ensure that it's using an admin account ie someone with permissions to logon as a batch job I think it is -

    Give it a job name that's easy to recognise ie Monday
    Then set the schedule ie Weekly on a Monday - so long as this media is in the drive on Monday it should work without a hitch

    There is a glitch I beleive in pre-sp4 that can cause an error re - media not blank, so patch up to SP4 if you haven't,
    You receive a "The requested media is not blank" error message when you use Ntbackup.exe

    Hope that helps,

    Deb :))


    Write Comment

    Please enter a first name

    Please enter a last name

    We will never share this with anyone.

    Featured Post

    Top 6 Sources for Identifying Threat Actor TTPs

    Understanding your enemy is essential. These six sources will help you identify the most popular threat actor tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs).

    NTFS file system has been developed by Microsoft that is widely used by Windows NT operating system and its advanced versions. It is the mostly used over FAT file system as it provides superior features like reliability, security, storage, efficienc…
    If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem.   Tips on how to secure IoT devices, even the dumbest ones, so they can't be used as part of a DDoS botnet.  Use PRTG Network Monitor as one of the building blocks, to detect unusual…
    Need more eyes on your posted question? Go ahead and follow the quick steps in this video to learn how to Request Attention to your question. *Log into your Experts Exchange account *Find the question you want to Request Attention for *Go to the e…
    Migrating to Microsoft Office 365 is becoming increasingly popular for organizations both large and small. If you have made the leap to Microsoft’s cloud platform, you know that you will need to create a corporate email signature for your Office 365…

    761 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

    Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

    Join & Ask a Question

    Need Help in Real-Time?

    Connect with top rated Experts

    10 Experts available now in Live!

    Get 1:1 Help Now