Windows XP Pro Backup Utility with Tape System
Posted on 2006-07-13
I've taken the low road, or maybe it's the high road, and I've decided to use the Backup utility that came with Windows XP Pro. The computer is a Dual CPU Xeon 3.4 GHZ running XP Pro SP2 with all of the latest updates. I've installed a Quantum DLT VS80 tape backup and will be using a 2-week tape backup cycle. Imagine a brand new computer where nothing has been done except Windows updates, loading Norton 8.1, and loading the tape drive. I have experience running Veritas Backup Exec with the same tape backup system (and HP), and limited experience running the XP backup utility backing up to a hard drive location. Everything is brand new; computer, tape hardware, tapes, everything.
I've gone through the XP Pro Backup wizard and I've set up a weekly backup schedule, which I set for a few minutes ahead of the current time to test it. The first backup works, but when I try it a second time with the same or even a new tape it fails; the report for the first backup shows success while the report for the second backup is blank. I have noticed that when I go to the Computer Management Console located in the Administrative tools and look under the removable storage media I rename the tape (say its the first successful backup tape) then I go through the Backup Wizard again it works, but only for that first time. It appears that the Windows XP backup utility overwrites the name of the tape using a time/date/stamp standard, and when it goes to launch the second backup (say with a new tape) it looks for the media it named earlier, even when I select "New" under the Wizard's third or fourth setup window. I am clueless. Is it possibly an inventory issue where I have to Catalog all of the new tapes first into the system before I can use them? I am at a loss. You're help is greatly appreciated.