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HP Dat 72 USB Tape Drive and SBS2003 Backup Verify

Mixmangle asked
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Last Modified: 2007-12-19

In the manual for this Storage Works drive it says on page 33 NOT TO USE VERIFY because DDS does read-after-writing checking automatically (in the context of getting most out of media. Certainly not a necessity.)

The Backup wizard in SBS Server manager does not give the option to turn off verify, although my assumtion is that I can set it up manually this way (or go into scheduled task and just remove the verify switch).

Do I want to do this? It makes sense that the tape would last longer naturally, but I'm not willing to turn that off for that reason alone.


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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal Consultant
Most Valuable Expert 2016
Top Expert 2014

Hi Mixmangle,

There used to be a hacked version of the bkprunner.exe file around that was modified so that /v was set to "no" (verify off).  But I can't seem to locate it.  Obviously Microsoft didn't support that hack... but it apparently worked.  At any rate, the only way to accomplish this would be to just use the NTBackup scheduler.  Although you can make it easy on yourself by knowing which switches to use by looking at the command line entry from the SBS Backup Log which should look something like:

ntbackup.exe backup "@C:\Program Files\Microsoft Windows Small Business Server\Backup\Small Business Backup Script.bks" /d "SBS Backup" /v:yes /r:no /rs:no /hc:off /m normal /j "Small Business Server Backup Job" /l:s /f "W:\Backup Files\Small Business Server Backup (02).bkf" /UM




yeah, I was thinking about that but I like the way the SBS backup is included in events that show up in my inbox as far as monitoring a remote system goes.  I know I can go elsewhere and use some other monitoring tool but I think I'll leave well enough alone if there's no way to modify the SBS Backup


Thanks anyway
Principal Consultant
Most Valuable Expert 2016
Top Expert 2014
Yeah, unfortunately there isn't unless you can hack that file yourself or find the one that's floating around.


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