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Is it possible to back up data from mapped drives using Windows Server Backup in Windows Server 2012?

Server A: Windows Server 2012
Server B: Windows Server 2003

Drive N on Server A mapped to \\Server-B\DriveE\Folder1.

Backing up data on Drive N using Windows Server Backup in Server A, is it possible?
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Unfortunately, no, this is not possible. Windows Server Backup can be used to back up other servers by connecting to them within the backup console. However, it cannot back up network drives on itself, nor can it back up servers with different versions of Windows (so a Server 2008 server can only back up other 2008 servers, for example).
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So, to tracking of backups of different versions of Windows Server, I need to keep two separate backup media system.

I think Microsoft still loves 3rd party backup software companies hanging in the market.
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Well, you need to create the backups separately, but you can choose the location where the backups go, so these could be sent to an external drive or another server's mapped drive. You just can't use the Windows Backup to create backups of other servers that are different versions.
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The problem is Windows Server 2008 R2 or higher wipes out the external disk before it uses it as backup disk. So I can't send backups from Windows Server 2003 to the same disk Windows Server 2012 uses for backup.

It's gotta be two step backup in order to use the same disk. Backup from Windows Server 2003 to a local disk of Windows Server 2012, then backup to a disk. If then, restoring for Windows Server 2003 data will be mess..

Any solution?
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I presume, then, that the disk your using is one-time (or on a rotation).

If this is the case, I'm not really sure how you would go about doing what you're looking for, unless you made sure to schedule the backup from the 2003 machine well after the 2008 one had started (and therefore after it clears the disk).

However, if you're just looking to back up to a single location (say, a SAN or even just a NAS device) you could set up the 2008 backups, let the first one run, then schedule both to run on a schedule and save their backups to the device. I know from experience that the 2008 server will only clear that drive the first time it uses it as a backup.

Alternatively, you could create a simple script (even a batch file would do it) to just copy the backup files to a location every day, and run it on a schedule. In this case, each server would back up its files to a local location (some folder on the hard drive) then the script would copy that backup file to the external drive. This is ideal if you want easy access to the backups from the servers, but would like to have the backups available externally as well for redundancy purposes (which you should).

You also mentioned tracking the status of your backups. You can do this centrally from the server 2008 machine by configuring your Event Logs to forward to that server (or setting up a subscription on that server, which is the same thing just in reverse). The Backup service shows when it started and stopped, and will display errors, if any occurred, in the Application section of the Event Viewer.
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When disk is full, it erases all on the disk as well, I read it from somewhere, but not sure.
Scripting to move backup files seem to be the solution.

Besides this, I found a good free backup software. I tested it and it works very well for my need. It does full, differential, incremental, also backs up mapped drive, backup to network shared, interface to trace backup history.

I decided to run Windows Server backups from the two upgraded servers to Windows 2003, then back up using Comodo.

Thank you for helping me, though. It helped me a lot to understand and choose right backup method for me.
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Hi CRC,

What is the free software you are referencing?

Thanks!
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