backing up server info

Posted on 2011-10-14
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I have done a complete backup of my Windows SBS 2003 using NOVASTOR.  I was wondering if there is anyway to individually backup data like active directory, scripts, system state,  or any other crucial server data in the event of a crash?  I would then use these backups to setup a new server. Also.  NTbackup does not work on this machine anymore. I used to use it to backup the system state.  It gives errors everytime that it cannot complete the backup. Here is the error:  

Backup Status
Operation: Backup
Active backup destination: File
Media name: "system state 10-13-11.bkf created 10/14/2011 at 10:42 AM"

Volume shadow copy creation: Attempt 1.

Error returned while creating the volume shadow copy:0x8004231f.

Error returned while creating the volume shadow copy:8004231f
Aborting Backup.


The operation did not successfully complete.
 Is there another way to backup system state?  Maybe a software that would do it?  
Question by:mkramer777
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    Accepted Solution

    From what I can see novastor does support image based backup so in the event of a system failure you could restore the entire system. When you say full backups are you taking a complete image or just raw files? Don't use two backup solutions as if incrementals are taking place it can mess up the archive bit/flag.

    Author Comment

    I am taking an image with NOVASTOR.  I"m just curious on how I can manually backup some of the system state data, or critical data needed to restore to a new server in the event of a crash.  
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    Expert Comment

    Ok, apologies if I am misunderstanding but if you are taking an image backup surely you would use that image to restore to a new server in the event of a crash? what would you need a second manual backup

    Author Comment

    I'm just asking a question and looking for an answer. It's for my own knowledge on how I would go about doing this that's all.  If the question requires too much investigation to come to a solution I can just accept your above solution.  Thanks!

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