SBS 2008 backup to NAS

Posted on 2009-12-19
Last Modified: 2012-05-08

As you all know, SBS 2008 'built-in' backup isn't NAS compatible. Anyway, I would like to send backup files to a NAS.

I've found a solution using WBADMIN.

Does any of you know if using that solution is 'as good' as using a USB storage with the built-in  backup manager (exchange & SharePoint databases, etc ...) ?

Thanks for your time !

Question by:fastitservice
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    by:Rob Williams
    The first thing you have to consider with your backup solution is can it be made accessible during a restore. I am not familiar with your application and NAS unit so I cannot comment, but if you have the facilities to do a test on another box, I would do so. SBS 2008 backup has somewhat limited flexibility.
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    I don't use the built in backup application on SBS 2008 simply because it is completely inflexible. My preferred choice now is Backup Assist which lets me backup to a network drive, tape or whatever. It is also cheap and does an Exchange aware backup!


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    I created a script to use wbadmin and send a report by email.

    I found a solution to use the former NTBackup to backup Exchange pretty well.

    If this can help someone ..

    NTBackup for SBS 2008 can be found there :

    @echo off
    set Logfile="F:\folder\Backup Log.txt"
    echo. >>%logfile%
    Echo ***** Backup demarre le %date% a %time% >>%logfile%
    Echo Creation du repertoire de Backup dans le NAS a l adresse \\NAS\Share\Backup_folder >>%logfile%
    if not exist "\\NAS\Share\Backup_folder" md "\\NAS\Share\Backup_folder" >>%logfile% Echo.  >>%logfile%
    Echo ***** Demarrage du backup systeme et donnees  >>%logfile%
    wbadmin start backup -include:c:,e:,f: -backupTarget:\\NAS\Share\Backup_folder -quiet >>%logfile%
    Echo. >>%logfile% Echo ***** Demarrage Backup db Exchange >>%logfile%
    del "C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows NT\NTBackup\data\*.log"
    c:\windows\ntbackup\ntbackup backup "@C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows NT\NTBackup\data\Backup Exchange.bks" /n "Exchange Backup.bkf created 20/12/2009 at 17:40" /d "Set created 20/12/2009 at 17:40" /v:yes /r:no /rs:no /hc:off /m normal /j "Backup Exchange" /l:s /f "Z:\Exchange Backup\Exchange Backup.bkf"
    type "C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows NT\NTBackup\data\*.log" >>%logfile%
    echo. >>%logfile%
    Echo ***** Backup termine le %date% a %time% >>%logfile% set emailfile="F:\Fast IT\email.txt"
    Echo From: >>%emailfile%
    Echo To: >>%emailfile%
    Echo Subject: Rapport de backup du %date%
    Echo. %emailfile% type %logfile% >>%emailfile%
    copy %emailfile% "C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\TransportRoles\Pickup\%RANDOM%.eml"
    del %emailfile%
    set y=%date%
    copy %logfile% "F:\folder\Backup Log.txt.%y:~-10,2%.%y:~-7,2%.%y:~-2%"
    del %logfile%

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    I am not sure how your script answers your question of ; "Does any of you know if using that solution is 'as good' as using a USB storage with the built-in  backup manager "
    Have you tested the ability to restore?

    Author Comment

    yes, restored using both wbadmin & NTBackup without any problem.
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