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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:woolnoir
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Well - its one potential way to do it, given the fact that you are about to decommission the NT4 box it will give you a file level backup at least - obviously it wont do system state using only shares so you can forget about a DR restoration. From your post it sounds like you only care about the files.

Not sure of the whole situation, but you might want to consider making a clone onto a external HD; if you only want the backup to give you some mitigation against the migration risk then you dont NEED to use BE2010 to do the backup.. just take a copy of the files pre-migration ?

To answer your question, a share backup is 'fine' as long as you're aware it wont be DR recoverable.. its only for the files.
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by:Richard1985
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Hello,

Personally I would use NTBACKUP on the existing NT4 server and backup to a network share that is physicallt located on the Windows SBS2010 server. Then backup this file using backup exec, so backup exec is backing up a local NTBACKUP file from the NT4 server.

That is a good way to do it.

Thanks
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by:woolnoir
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What @richard1985 has said is also a very good solution!
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by:resolver1
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Thanks for your swift replys guys.  

I've just checked NTbackup but cant see a way to backup to a file.  Is there a way to backup to the network location or do you have to use a third party program? If so, which program will work on NT4?
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by:Richard1985
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Hello,

You are right NTBACKUP will not work to a UNC share. It must be routed to the UNC share through a mapped network drive. This will disconnect if you logoff but for one data recovery session that shouldnt prevent you a problem. To get round it try:

Create a share on Windows SBS2010:

C:/importantdata

Then you would need to map a network drive on the NT4 machine to that share. For example:

\\Windows SBS 2010\importantdata
to network drive:
Q:\importantdata

Then use NTbackup on NT4 server backing up to the Windows SBS2010 share which is now a mapped network drive. Then once you have the NTbackup on C:/importantdata on the Windows SBS 2010 use Symantec BE to backup.

**Also make sure to stay logged in on the NT4 server otherwise the network drives drop and it will fail.

Hope this helps

Thanks

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by:resolver1
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i still cant see how to backup to file using NTbackup
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by:woolnoir
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Sorry im a bit confused on this one ( i thought we had answered your question) you said the NT4 server had network shares, we told you to back those up from the 2010 BE server using the network shares ?
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by:resolver1
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Sorry for the delay in getting back to you.  Other problems to solve.  i cant see a way to back up to file - i can only backup to tape using the nt4 ntbackup command.  what command and what parameters should i use on the NT4 unit.
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In the end i backed up using synctoy.  I could not see a method to backup using NT4 to a file.  Thanks for your time guys.
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by:resolver1
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not the solutioned i wanted but it does backup the files.
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