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ntbackup.exe   exit code 2D

Posted on 2006-11-30
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I am using NTBACKUP to run nightly backups on one of our servers.
I took a look at the backup log and noticed the backups no longer appear to be running.

The job only runs for 2 minutes, then i receive the following error:

Finished 11/27/2006 10:02:23 PM
      Result: The task completed with an exit code of (2d).

I tried searching the net but could not find much regarding that particular exit code.
Anyone have any ideas on this?
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by:Rick Hobbs
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I take it the server is Win 2000.  What service pack?  What kind of tape drive (SCSI 4mm, 8mm, DAT, DLT, SDLT...., stand alone library..., IDE Travan, internal or external)?  What kind of controller - on board, adaptec, future domain, ...?  Is this a scheduler backup or command line?  If scheduler, what is in the scheduler log?  Is there anyhting else in the System or Application event log?
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by:Atomic75
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It's an Internal SCSI attached Seagate 4mm tape drive.
The OS is Windows 2000 Advance Server using service pack 4
We only use the server to run our ticketing system called Trackit.
The controller is a LSI logic Ultra 320 SCSI adapter
I am using the scheduler to perform the backup not the command line.
The only thin in the scheduler log is what i posted above:

"Trackit DB Backup .job" (NTBACKUP.EXE)
      Finished 11/27/2006 10:02:23 PM
      Result: The task completed with an exit code of (2d).

Event logs don't have anything regarding the tape drvie, media, SCSi or anything related to the backup. I did check all logs.

I was hoping to figure out twhat that exit code of 2 D means.
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Rick Hobbs earned 500 total points
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If you run the job outside of scheduler do you get the same result?  The log drops the 0x.  It is actually an 0x2D error which indicates a file was attempted to be backed up that no longer (or never did) exist.  You might want to consider some inexpensive backup software like:
BackupAssist http://www.backupassist.com/index.html  around $150
NovaBackup  http://www.novastor.com/pcbackup/backup/n_backup.html  around $150

Or something more powerful like Paragon http://www.drive-backup.com/corporate/server/  around $500
Or true real-time like Acronis http://www.acronis.com/promo/ATIES/backup-server-002.html?source=googleATIES&keyword=backup+windows+server&s_scid=windows%20server%20backup|693377357&gclid=CN678o7F8ogCFTaVFQoddh3KoQ  around $700

There are many others available at all different prices.  They are more intelligent and usually don't get messed up by a missing temp file or similar.
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