How to restore ntbackup to multiple alternate locations without manual intervention
Posted on 2009-04-21
I have some ntbackup files (bkf files) that run about 80GB. Each bkf file backs up six to eight drives. I need to restore these to an alternate location in order to index and search them, and I need to preserve the tree structure of each restored drive. I've experimented with restoring all drives to a single alternate location, but the folder trees overwrite each other.
If I have to do this manually using the ntbackup GUI, I'd create a target folder with 8 alternate-location subfolders, DRIVE_C, DRIVE_D, DRIVE_F, etc. Then I would have to do a separate restore to the appropriate alternate location for each drive in the bkf file.
Since an 80GB bkf file takes about 10 hours to restore, I'd like not to have to stand by for 10 hours waiting for each manual restore of a drive to complete before starting the next manual restore of a drive.
Is there a way to automate this process so that it restores each of the eight drives in the bkf file to an appropriate alternate location, and does this without any manual intervention during its ten hour run?