Solved

Windows Server Backup

Posted on 2013-01-31
7
850 Views
Last Modified: 2013-10-29
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?
0
Comment
Question by:crcsupport
  • 3
  • 3
7 Comments
 
LVL 7

Expert Comment

by:CorinTack
ID: 38841028
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).
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:crcsupport
ID: 38841060
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.
0
 
LVL 7

Expert Comment

by:CorinTack
ID: 38841155
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.
0
[Webinar] Disaster Recovery and Cloud Management

Learn from Unigma and CloudBerry industry veterans which providers are best for certain use cases and how to lower cloud costs, how to grow your Managed Services practice in IaaS clouds, and how to utilize public cloud for Disaster Recovery

 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:crcsupport
ID: 38841189
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?
0
 
LVL 7

Accepted Solution

by:
CorinTack earned 500 total points
ID: 38841254
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.
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:crcsupport
ID: 38843866
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.
0
 

Expert Comment

by:crdixon
ID: 39610138
Hi CRC,

What is the free software you are referencing?

Thanks!
0

Featured Post

Problems using Powershell and Active Directory?

Managing Active Directory does not always have to be complicated.  If you are spending more time trying instead of doing, then it's time to look at something else. For nearly 20 years, AD admins around the world have used one tool for day-to-day AD management: Hyena. Discover why

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Finding original email is quite difficult due to their duplicates. From this article, you will come to know why multiple duplicates of same emails appear and how to delete duplicate emails from Outlook securely and instantly while vital emails remai…
This article aims to explain the working of CircularLogArchiver. This tool was designed to solve the buildup of log file in cases where systems do not support circular logging or where circular logging is not enabled
This tutorial will walk an individual through the process of installing the necessary services and then configuring a Windows Server 2012 system as an iSCSI target. To install the necessary roles, go to Server Manager, and select Add Roles and Featu…
This Micro Tutorial will teach you how to reformat your flash drive. Sometimes your flash drive may have issues carrying files so this will completely restore it to manufacturing settings. Make sure to backup all files before reformatting. This w…

863 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

23 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now