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Does anyone have a solution to this problem?  You can't use wildcards in filenames for NTBackup.  I am backup up to disk using NTBackup, but if I can't use wildcards for the filename, it will just overwrite.  Is there anyway to get around this? I was thinking there might be a possiblity of creating a batch script that calls the for the date, and uses that to create another batch script that executes the backup...any ideas?  Thanks,
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Ok, so here is the batch script I am using

@echo off
rem Batch file for monday backups
rem to be scheduled through Nt's AT command
rem
rem this line is to put todays date with -'s into an environ variable
rem to then be inserted into the tape set label text
for /f "tokens=1,2,3 delims=/" %%a in ('date /t') do set today=%%a-%%b-%%c
echo Backup Script - PDC - Full - by...(11-25-98)
echo .
ntbackup backup "@C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator.ADAMSASSOCIATES\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows NT\NTBackup\data\Monday Backup 5.bks" /a /v:yes /J "Full Backup for %today% /m normal /hc:off /l:s /t normal /f "f:\%today%"
echo Tape Set: Monday Full BU %today%
echo Backup Done

and in the log file I get

Invalid command line parameter 'f:\Fri'.


any idea why?

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Can you try adding the .bkf to the "f:\%today%"? It looks as it replaces the %today% correctly...
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same error

Invalid command line parameter 'f:\Fri'.

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Try it this way, the example is streamlined for tapes:

@echo off
rem Batch file for monday backups
rem to be scheduled through Nt's AT command
rem
rem this line is to put todays date with -'s into an environ variable
rem to then be inserted into the tape set label text
for /f "tokens=1,2,3 delims=/" %%a in ('date /t') do set today=%%a.bkf
echo Backup Script - PDC - Full - by...(11-25-98)
echo .
ntbackup backup "C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator.ADAMSASSOCIATES\Local Settings\Application Data" /J "Full Backup for %today%" /l:f  /f "f:\%today%"
echo Tape Set: Monday Full BU %today%
echo Backup Done
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This is what I did, and should be posted as one of the "time tested solutions".  Works great.  In scheduler, I just scheduled the event for each day of the week, the only thing that needs added is the destination drive letter.   If you want the backup to go to drive F:\, just run

SetBackup.bat F

works perfect


@echo off

REM ==============================================================
REM Options: SetBackup <Drive Letter>
REM Example: SetBackup F
REM ==============================================================
REM Batch file for monday backups
REM Written by the good guys at smbizhost.com
REM ==============================================================

FOR /F "tokens=1,2 delims= " %%F IN ('date /t') Do Set tmpDate=%%G
FOR /F "tokens=1,2,3 delims=/" %%F IN ("%tmpDate%") Do Set tmpDate=%%F-%%G-%%H

ntbackup backup "@C:\Documents and Settings\userdir\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows NT\NTBackup\data\Backup.bks" /a /v:yes /J "Full Backup for %tmpDate%" /m normal /hc:off /l:f /f "%1:\%tmpDate%.bkf"


It should be noted that the backup.bks file needs to be created using ntbackup.  make the selections of what you want backed up and click on job, and then save as.  Then change the following to represent the location of your .bks file.

ntbackup backup "@C:\Documents and Settings\userdir\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows NT\NTBackup\data\Backup.bks"

Thats it!

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