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How do i manage backup jobs on a Windows 2003 Server?

I am tasked with setting up a Windows type backup to 15 tapes which should run everyday in a 3 week rotation.

Other employees have attempted this but failed.  How do I manage the existing jobs, namely how do I change the time at which they run and what is an easy way to setup the backup job described above?

Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Gary Gordon
Gary Gordon
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How big are the tapes and how much data do you need to store?

If the tapes have the capacity, the simplest strategy would be to perform a full backup every day. If you don't have a specialised backup solution just open ntbackup and select advanced mode from the first screen. Select the backup tab and then put a tick next to the drives/data you want backed up then click on the schedule tab. Click on Add Job, it will ask you is you want to use the selections you've already made, say yes then just follow the steps in the wizard. On the 'When to back up' screen click 'set schedule' and choose weekly from the drop down list, this will display the days of the week and you can select all except sat and sun. Obviously you can choose Sat/Sun as well if you want but considering you only have 15 tapes for three weeks Mon - Fri will do. Enter the start time, job done...
Gary GordonAuthor Commented:
The tapes are 40GB and the total files to be backed up are 4GB.  In a test, 4GBs were backed up to tape in 6 minutes.  

It looks like my coworkers set this up so that there are 15 scheduled backup events, each corresponding to a M through  F tape for a 3 week period, just as you have suggested.  I noticed that the scheduler service could not start because it needs to be associated with an account with permission to perform this.  I changed this and it runs when I test it.

If anyone can suggest some good reading on Windows 2003 Server backup stuff I would be greatful.



Gary GordonAuthor Commented:
Is there a centralized location where I can see the backup jobs and their attributes on a Windows 2003 Server?

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