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How to check if NTBackups are running properly?

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I have configured NTBackups to run daily, backing up the entire computer as well as the Exchange Database. Unlike the backup in server management console that reports the status of the backups for the past week, NTBackup doesn't seem to have this feature. Am i missing something?
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by:TWBit
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In Scheduled Tasks, I check the Last Result column to make sure it ran ok, and that the Last and Next Run Times are correct.

Also in ESM, I drill down to the store, Properties, Database tab and make sure the full (and incremental if you do that) are noted.
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Well, if your transaction logs are getting re-checkpointed & old logs deleted, then it's working.  But you will have a report in "Documents and Settings\User_Name\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows NT\NTbackup\Data".  If you want to change this location, you can follow this guidance from Microsoft:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/241162
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by:Subsun
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in Ntbackup > Go to tools and report.. You can check the backup log for status...
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/241162

Other than that you can manually verify the exchange backup as explained by the experts or use some scripts to report the status.
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You can verify the backup by going to the following directory
%userprofile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows NT\NTBackup\data

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by:tntmax
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Also check the Application even log. It will report each step of the backup, starting backup of c:, ending backup of c:, starting verification of c:, ending verification of c:, etc.
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by:SelfGovern
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Reading the reports is all well and good... but you won't *KNOW* that it is working until you do some practice restores.
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