Is it possible to back up a server standard 03 to a server 2000?

Posted on 2008-10-09
Last Modified: 2013-12-05
Is it possible to back up an entire server standard 03 to a server 2000 or would I need to upgrade the server 2000 beforehand?
Question by:renniscom
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I am trying to understand your question a little better... so you want to take SERVER01 (Server 2003) and back it up (With Backup Exec or NTBackup) to a share on SERVER02 (Server 2000)? Or is it that you want to backup SERVER01 and RESTORE it to SERVER02?

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ID: 22682747
Here's the whole story,

Our server was located at another facility until about a month ago. The Server (which is Standard 03) has been at our facility for a month and from what I can see (being the new guy replacing the IT guy that quit), there has been no back up other than to a drive partition itself. There is another server (server 2000) at our facility that is not being used and has not been used for some time. Being that I understand the importance of backing up, I was wondering what would be the best solution, hence my question of backing everything into the server 2000 from server 2003 and in case of a crash, enable the server 2000 as a backup.

Hope that makes sense.
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dfxdeimos earned 125 total points
ID: 22682846
It really depends on the type of backup. If you are doing an image based backup then you can restore it to any machine (more or less) as long as it has sufficient hard drive space to hold the partition(s) that you backed up. It will just overwrite whatever OS is on there.
If you are using NTBackup or something of the sort then you will have to have a OS that is the same version and service pack level. So if you use NTBackup to backup your Server 2003 SP1 machine you will need to have a freshly installed 2003 SP1 machine to restore it to.
Now, you could do things like just writing a batch script to back up a network share to the to Server 200 machine, or if your domain is at the correct level you could have the 2000 machine be a backup domain controller, etc.
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Author Comment

ID: 22682898
Sounds good. I'll first want to perform a tape or disk backup before I try anything else, make sure we have at least a backup of files and programs, then tackle the backup server issue.

I appreciate your help and input on this!

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Thank you again!
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Expert Comment

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No worries, good luck.

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