full 2000 server backup

What is the easiest way to back up a 2000 server with exchange server 2000 on it? I have been put in charge of some  2000 servers, one  with exchange server on it. It has never had a full a full backup. it has 700 mg up space left. the only back up software is NTbackup. the tape back up is on another server. It is a single DDS4 tape (20gig). I can back up files from this server and restore them, but it is not a full back up of the server.
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cfairleyConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Hello Martin,

I personally user Veritas.  Here are some links for you.  This might be a pricy option for you.  Some of the other experts may have cheaper solutions.




I agree with cfairley above, I like Veritas and yes it is pricey.  An inexpensive solution (an excellent product too!-> Dantz's Retrospect
And you will want to look over the addons too (for Exchange. etc): http://www.dantz.com/en/products/addons_win.dtml

veritas is the best, chuck out the rest!

But, being the desperate man you are.

Set up ntbackup to back up the exchange server Information Store to a shared drive on the main server. It will take a BUCKET load of space, but when it finishes the exchange server will delete ALL transation logs, magically giving you your space back. The IS option is in ntbackup under windows 2000 on an exchange server. You just need to change the path for the backup.

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argh. too slow!
Thanks Martin,

BTW, if you feel that harleyjd's solution is the one you are looking for, I don't mind if you transfer the points.  

thanks cFAIRley. :)

I would still recommend Veritas over NTbackup, but if you're in a jam, then that's the answer.

I wouldn't bother changing the points unless you couldn't go with backup exec, Martin. If you do want to change, its done in http://www.experts-exchange.com/Community_Support/ just ask to reopen the question.

FWIW - Backup exec has a 60 day trial. That gives you plenty of time to convince the bosses to fork over the dough.
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