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I need to edit my NTbackup so that the media is overwritten not appended. Rather than going through all my servers and setting up new jobs, is there a way of editing the properties with the correct switch?

The current script syntax is as follows:

C:\WINDOWS\system32\ntbackup.exe backup "@C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows NT\NTBackup\data\Friday.bks" /a /d "Set created 18/08/2011 at 16:08" /v:no /r:no /rs:no /hc:off /m normal /j "Friday" /l:s /f "F:\Friday.bkf

The job needs to overwrite the same job the following week not append.

Can anybody help ?

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Question by:L-Plate
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by:Miguel Angel Perez Muñoz
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Remove /a on command line: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/814583
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NTBACKUP command use:

ntbackup backup [systemstate] « @Nom_fichier.bks » /J {« Nom_tâche »} [/P {« Nom_pool »}] [/G {« Nom_GUID »}] [/T { « TAPE_Name »}] [/N {« Media_Name »}] [/F {« File_name »}] [/D {« Description_saveset »}] [/DS {« Server_name »}] [/IS {« server name»}] [/A] [/V:{yes | no}] [/R:{yes | no}] [/L:{f | s | n}] [/M {Type_save}] [/RS:{yes | no}] [/HC:{on | off}] [/SNAP:{on | off}]

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Switch: /A
Description: Performs an append operation. Either /G or /T must be used in conjunction with this switch. Do not use this switch in conjunction with /P

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by:L-Plate
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NT\NTBackup\data\Friday.bks" /a /d

Do i just remove the '/a' from the syntax then ? Or do I need to replace it with another switch ?
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You have to remove it because the switch a append and you says that you want your new job to overwrite the old one.
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by:L-Plate
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I have just tried running the job without the switch and closley monitored the drive to where it is backing up but there is no sign of it overwriting, instead it has created a duplicate backup file.

Will the file be replaced once the backup has finished fully ? Or will the overwrite process enact as soon as the job has started?
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yo olivier, what's the crack on this pal?
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