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This question is for someone that has experience setting up ntbackup.

We are using:
- Windows server 2003
- sony LTO ultrium scsi backup tape
- 5x tapes, rotated from Monday to Friday, plus one extra tape swapped on the first friday of each month

The setup I am after is very basic. The receptionsit will insert a new tape each afternoon and the backup process should run each night.

I cant even get that to work. I just get an error log saying:
"Cannot locate the specified media or backup device. This backup operation will terminate."

Very frustrated, please help.
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by:Jay_Jay70
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check the status of the lto drive under device manager and also under disk removeable storage in management
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by:craigdev
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drive works fine
i can do a manual backup
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are you running this through a script or just a straight scheduled ntbackup tasl
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by:craigdev
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I went into ntbackup, the advanced mode not the wizard. I went to scheduled jobs and double clicked the current day, stepped through the wizard and selected these options:

- backup everything on this computer
- Selectet the backup type: LTO Ultrium
- Choose the tape: New (note, this is the only option available)
- Select the type of backup: Normal
- verify data
- use hardware compression
- replace the existing backups
- Backup label: Tuesday Backup
- Media Label: Tuesday Backup
- When to run the backup: Later
- Set teh schedule for every tuesday
- Finished

Now
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by:Jay_Jay70
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check under the advanced tab of scheduled tasks and view log, anything more detailed in there
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by:craigdev
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not sure where? do you mean start > control panel > scheduled tasks ? there is "Tuesday Backup " in there

what am i looking for?
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yep thats the place i am talking about

you're looking int he advanced up the top

just want to see whether there is more detailed errors in that log, its where i narrowed down mine in the last week
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by:craigdev
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Tabs I have are Tasks, Schedule, Settings, Security

The one with and Advanced button is Schedule. In that window it just has start date, today. End date is not ticked, neither is repeat task.

My exact  command is:

C:\WINDOWS\system32\ntbackup.exe backup "@C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows NT\NTBackup\data\Tue Backup.bks" /n "Tuesday Backup" /d "Tuesday Backup" /v:yes /r:no /rs:no /hc:on /m normal /j "Tue Backup" /l:s /p "LTO Ultrium"
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by:Jay_Jay70
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your looking to deep   start menu - programs - system tools - scheduled tasks.

from there look up the top for the advanced menu
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by:craigdev
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I dont have any options like that
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by:Jay_Jay70
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umm, it can't not be there, it is on every system i have ever dealt with, if its not there than i don't know how to help you
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ok thanks anyway
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by:craigdev
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Thanks for your help Jay Jay.

I have managed to solve most of the problem now. Incase anyone else comes across the question later, I used batch scripts that are executed from a windows scheduled task.

I used ntbackup to create the .bks file, then made 5 batch files like this. You need the /um parameter on the end, and no /d description parameter. Seems to work okay now

C:\WINDOWS\system32\ntbackup.exe backup "@C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows NT\NTBackup\data\Tue Backup.bks" /n "Tuesday Backup" /v:yes /r:no /rs:no /hc:on /m normal /j "Tue Backup" /l:s /p "LTO Ultrium" /um



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ah well done mate. thankyou for the points although i didnt help you out all to well :)
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