Manually set up ntbackup for SBS 2003
Posted on 2006-04-25
I'm well aware of the motto: "Small Business Server 2003 is not Server 2003". I've learned the hard way in the past which is why I ususlly try to ask before attempting something.
At one of my managed sites, I've run out of room for a normal SBS Backup to run on a Travan 40 tape drive because the drive does not offer compression and neither does ntbackup. Since I cannot convince my supervisor nor the client to move to the best solution which is to upgrade our backup solution to a better product/drive, I tried this:
I set up a weekly backup to backup system state, exchange, and other c drive contents. I have a nightly backup that backs up the D: and E: drives which is data that is modified daily. To achieve this I used NTBackup rather than going through the SBS Backup Utility because the backup utility will not allow me to exclude the c drive from my backup procedures.
I'm asking to see if this is a workable solution, or will SBS get all bent out of shape. I set up the scheduled backup, and it ran. I had to use the /um switch to get it to work right, and when I changed the /v option from no (which is how I originally had it) to 'yes', the backup will run, but then seems to hang during the verification. The report shows the backup of the drives, but after the line that usually seperates the backup from the verify, there is nothing, not even a failure notice. I checked the task, and it was still running at 2:25pm this afternoon. The backup runs at 11:00pm each night. That's why I'm wondering if it could be that I'm trying this on SBS or is it just that I have to do something else with the switches when I tell it to verify.
1) Whether or not this solution should work on SBS 2003.
2) If it should work, what might I try as far as switches to make the backup not hang during the verify.
I will provide the backup command that is in the scheduled task below.
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ntbackup.exe backup "@C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows NT\NTBackup\data\NightlyServerBackupSelections.bks" /n "Media created 4/20/2006 at 3:31 PM" /d "Set created 4/20/2006 at 3:31 PM" /n "Media created 4/20/2006 at 3:31 PM" /v:no /r:no /rs:no /hc:on /m normal /j "NightlyDataBackup" /l:s /p "Travan" /um