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I'm trying to backup a network location using Symantec Backup Exec 2010 but not sure on the best way to do this.  Our server that is performing the backups is a Windows SBS 2010 and the server that contains the data i wish to backup is a NT4 server (old i know).  I can access the file shares on the nt4 server from the sbs server using the unc name.

Note: Our goal is to decommision the NT4 server once we have the Windows 2008 sbs is fully configured but we need the data backed up.
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by:myhc
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1. UNC file backups correct
2. Not sure if backupexec agents will let you but there might be some older agents you can use to backup data (i'll say no)


question: what backups do you do at the moment on the NT4
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Thanks for your switf reply

How do we do it at the moment...I'll have to explain a bit more about the history of the backup methods.  We had a windows 2003 server that use to backup the NT system via unc to tape.  The 2003 has now been upgraded to Windows 2008 (formatted and reinstalled).  after the 2003 machine has been re-installed we synced the data between the NT4 server and a Windows XP client.  The sync program is Microsoft Sync 2.0.  We're not making backups that can not be taken offsite at the moment which we really need to.

The sync isnt the best method so i would prefer an alternative solution.  
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by:noxcho
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I think you need to use file backup of Symantec to backup content of shared folders. Your network locations are accessible as they are shared folders (this is the way MS uses it) and you need simply plan backup of files and folders inside of the share. Does Symantec provide file backup solutions?
I use Paragon Drive Backup 10 and its file backup does let me backup content of shared and mapped folders.
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Thanks for your swift reply!

I'm not sure if Symantec provides this feature.  Thats the reason why i'm posting this question. i do know that the menus i looked at didnt show any mapped network drives and when i typed in the unc name, backup exec just said it couldnt find the agent. I will get around to learning backup exec in more detail later.  My priorty now is to get a backup working now that we can take off site.  I was hoping someone might know backup exec and already solved this issue.

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by:myhc
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The shares is an option but you need to install an agent or purchase a licence to use the network shares.

I know backup exec and this seams to be your options.


Why don't you do an NT backup and then just move it off to USB HDD.
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NT4 doesnt support USB.  How do I backup to a file using NTBackup? I've checked the help file but I cant see a way to backup to a file, only a tape drive.
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ive resetup a sync for this .  It seams to be the best solution availible since backup exec has no agents for NT4.  

Thanks for your time replying.
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