restoring backups for a single file?

Posted on 2007-08-01
Last Modified: 2010-03-17
Greetings. I have external drives for my backups (SBS2003) The backup scripts (.bat) were written before I started here and I'm admittedly pretty green on the whole backup subject. Anyway, the backups are running fine, but my question is this: If I we were to lose, misplace or accidentally delete a particular file on our network, would we be able to use the backups to extract the file? Right now, the backups are just individual files that are .bkf. Anyway, is there a way to find a lost file without completely restoring the network? It seems like an awful lot to go through for just one file. Anyway, I don't need to do this now, I'm just trying to think ahead. Any thoughts? Cheers!
Question by:bbiit
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    using NTBACKUP you can view the catalogs of the backups and drill downt he directory structure to the exact file/files/directories you require and select only them for restore.

    Best thing to do is open up ntbackup and run a small backup job and then restore it. It is an easy app to use and you will quickly get the hang of it.

    Author Comment

    Wow. Mr. Madcowz, I had no idea restoring was so intuitive. I was able to drill right down to an individual file. Fantastic, thanks!
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    by:Hedley Phillips
    It's pretty cool isn't it!

    There's not much to go WOW about in IT, esp Vista (despite what M$ try to tell us) but Backup Software is pretty cool.

    Have a look here for info on the command line switches for running backups:

    This should help you pull apart the .bat's they have set up already so you can fully understand what is going on.

    Thanks for the points.


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