Set number of Appends in NTBACKUP

Posted on 2007-08-01
Last Modified: 2013-11-14
I am using NTBACKUP on a Windows 2003 server. I'm running a normal backup every fortnight and incremental backups every weeknight. The normal backup replaces while the incremental appends. Is there any way in NTBACKUP to set a specific number of appends, eg append to the file 10 times then drop the oldest data after that.

Question by:nathankaa
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    by:Lee W, MVP

    Frankly, i don't know why you would want to use incremental backups... Differentials make far more sense, especially for finding files and restores.
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    You can do normal back up with appends in command line. Create a command script and run schedule task on it. Doing this, you can customize your back up anyway you want. I don't think you can number the time to append the tape automatically with the command option. However, you can customize your script to count the logs to number of time then perform a different backup option with appending. Here is the list of ntbackup option so you can play on your script:

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    In any case, I would not put more than a weeks worth of data on a single tape.

    Tapes should be rotated and also placed offsite .

    I hope this helps !

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    Thanks for that guys, I was hoping NTBACKUP could count the number of appends as Small Business Servers Backup utility can keep a specific number of backups. If anyone knows of a backup utility that can do this, please please let me know! I've split the points as I've taken info from each of you and will be implementing changes.

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