Backup SBS 2008 to LTO-3 Ultrium tape SCSI device

Posted on 2009-02-18
Last Modified: 2013-11-14

we purchased new server to run SBS 2008 PREMIUM on it and everything is perfect, except backup. SBS does not see IBM Ultrium-3 SCSI tape device to be used for backup - only local disks are valid backup devices.
Additionally, I read FAQ on Microsoft web page:

-- Citate --
QUESTION: Are tape backup devices supported in Windows Small Business Server 2008?
ANSWER: Windows Server 2008, the underlying technology for Windows Small Business Server 2008, does not support for tape backup devices. If you require support for tape backup, contact your tape drive manufacturer for information about hardware and software compatibility with Windows Server 2008.
-- End Citate --

Anybody any suggestion on how to configure backup without buying new hardware or additional backup software?
Question by:Andrej Pirman
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    Expert Comment

    Unfortunately, backup-to-tape has been removed from Windows 2008 if you're using the built-in NTBackup software.
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    by:Andrej Pirman
    What a pitty :((
    Which means, the only way is to use some other backup software?
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    You're pretty much stuck using someone else's backup software, or using a pre-Windows 2008 system and NTbackup from there over the network - which of course doesn't allow you to grab the Windows 2008 system state.
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    by:Andrej Pirman
    Shame on Microsoft!
    Ok, I understand NTbackup is removed from Server 2008 Standard and Enterprise...but for SBS, which ought to be a single-server sollution for SMB offices with low-budget, I think NT backup should be integrated.

    Isn't there any hack arround?
    I heard if you copy ntbackup.exe, ntmsapi.dll, vssapi.dll, ntbackup.chm and ntbackup.hlp files from Windows 2003 machine, it might work. But I have no intention to play with production server without some confirmations from those who have tried.
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    by:Andrej Pirman
    So, my strategy now changed:
    - I'll use Windows 2008 built-in backup to save full backup to some local \\share
    - then I'll move this backup image to Ultrium 3 tape drive

    The only questions left now are:
    1.) What are the differences between SBS 2008 Backup Wizard and Windows 2008 Backup Wizard? They both can do backups, but SBS Wizard does NOT offer backing up to \\share, while Windows 2008 Wizard does. So I would use Windows 2008 Wizard, but I am wondering if it creates fully functional EXCHANGE and SQL backups, too?
    2.) What FREE utility should I use to copy/move something from disk share to Ultrium Tape Drive?
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    Accepted Solution

    Since there is no answer, I'll close this question.
    Unfortunatelly, none of the answers actually answered my questions, but rather just confirmed my doubts., therefore I will be fair and wil NOT give points to experts, regardless of their participation in this problem.

    A kind of better sollution I found myself, which was:
    - I provided an additional entry-level serverr to the customer in exchange for tape drive unit. Price comparison was acceptable and customer agreed. Server has 2 x 1 TB SATA drives built in
    - then I installed FreeNAS UNIX sollution ( onto this server, configured Software RAID 1 with FreeNAS GUI (quite simple process), and presented this server as iSCSI Target (also using FreeNAS GUI, very simple)
    - then in Windows 2008 Server I presented iSCSI Target with iSCSI initiator as a disk drive, and configured Windows 2008 built-in backup to use it as storage disk

    With such a sollution whole server is now backed up properly every day.
    The only dissadvantage is that Exchange 2007 has no plug-in for mailbox-level restore. Only whole Exchange can be restored, not separate mailboxes. But since I was looking for CHEAP sollution - that's it!

    Hope this would help someone.

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