Implications of backing up a bkf file
Posted on 2004-10-26
I have a Win2003 Server and a 3rd party backup program (doesn't matter which one for this question)
-Win2003 server's backup can not write directly to a DVD rewritable (per Microsoft)
-The 3rd party backup software can only backup the registry but not the entire system state (per the software company)
-I must back up the system state and other files to DVD but cannot install any other backup software (by choice)
Use Win2003 backup to back up the system state and save the backup project as "systembu.bkf"
Use win2003 backup to back up the other data.
Use the 3rd party backup software to backup the bkf files to DVD.
If a restore is required, I would restore the bkf files from DVD back to their original location on the server using the 3rd party software, then restore the bkf files through Win2003 server backup for a total solution.
Now the question:
When the server creates the bkf files, does it also append specific information that requires the original file untouched in order to create a proper restore? Or, do 3rd party backup software change the backed-up files in any way that would interfere with a proper backup through the server's backup?
Finally, are bkf files just that? Just files that can be placed here or there, or moved around (independent of the program that created them as long as one doesn't manipulate the file itself?)
I've tried to test the theory myself but am really unsure about the results. It seems to work but I'm hesitant to thoroughly corrupt any important system files to try this out.