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Using powershell to backup AD

ndalmolin_13
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Greetings Powershell Gurus –

Here I am again with more Powershell newbie questions.  The task I would like to accomplish today is to use NTBackup to backup Active Directory on my domain controller to a file on my file server.  Here is a brief summary of my environment:
Domain controller:  DC-1 running Windows Server 2003
File server:  FS-1 running Windows Server 2003

Here is what I’m thinking:

 #Map a network drive
(New-Object -ComObject WScript.Network).MapNetworkDrive("B:","\\FS-1\adbackups")

#Format the date as desired
$date = Get-Date -Format M-d-yyyy

#Run NTBackup
ntbackup.exe backup systemstate /j "DC-1 AD Backup $date" /F "B:\adbackups\DC-1 AD Backup $date.bkf"

I have a couple of questions here.
1.   Can someone explain the drive mapping?  I found the example and it worked, but I couldn’t explain what exactly it is doing if someone asked.
2.  Am I going down the right road with this script?

As always, my apologies for such newbie questions and my sincere gratitude for any and all help/explanations provided.

Best regards,
Nick
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