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how to add additional backup drive for SBS backup

Posted on 2013-05-20
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How do I add an additional external backup drive to SBS 2003 backup scheme, so that there are two backup drives in rotation ?
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Question by:AE_JB
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by:Haresh Nikumbh
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Yep.  That's all built into the SBS backup Wizard.  You can select from 1-10 backup and then set a schedule.  SBS backup will overwrite backups based the number of backups you set.
 

refer below link for configuration

http://www.sbs-rocks.com/sbs2k3/sbs2k3-m5.htm

And if you need to restore, use the procedures in this document:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?familyid=487736f8-f6f5-436d-a82d-0c8d66e2a634&displaylang=en
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by:AE_JB
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I still don't see the interface to add additional drives.  When you choose the backup path, you can navigate to a folder or drive, but I cannot select more than one.
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by:Haresh Nikumbh
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building 2003 sbs server in my test lab, allow me few mins to provide you screenshot
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by:Haresh Nikumbh
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you need to configure 2 backup schedules for this
1) from SBs Console
2) NTbackup ( start ==> all programs==> Accessories==> system tools==> backup

Please note you have to select different schedule
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by:Robert_Turner
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Since this is NTBackup, the two drives are going to seen by Explorer and will potentially end up with 2 different drive letters, depending how you go about rotating them.  So you may need to schedules as stated.

The issue here is that SBS 2003 is not going to identify individual drives, all you can do is state a drive destination path and how many copies you wish to store, it should pickup the previous backups and leave them alone until you hit that number.
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by:AE_JB
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Thanks in advance for getting me started in the Backup utility.  I have one question about the current configuration:

OK, so I started backup utility, go to 'Schedule Jobs' tab, and click 'Add job'

then I select the files I want backed up, and below those selections I choose the backup destination: G:\server\backup files.
I click through to 'When to back up'  Choose 'Later', new schedule.  I set it for 'Weekly', every weekday at 8pm.
I set the admin credentials, and click next.  I save it as "G-drive" and enter the admin credentials again.
So one drive is scheduled.  The goal is to be able to have either of the drives plugged in on any day of the week, and have the backup default to that drive.  Can I repeate the same steps for the F drive and have everything with the same settings?  Or will I get errors that 'backup failed' every day when the alternate drive is not plugged in?
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Haresh Nikumbh earned 333 total points
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I will suggest creating 2 different schedules with different date and time.. and make sure your drive should be connected before schedule get trigger for that job.
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by:AE_JB
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Hi,
Since I setup the backup schedule, backups have been failing.  Is it possible that the backups in the schedule tab are interfering with the backup that was previously configured in the wizard, if so how do view and delete the active scheduled backups?

FYI-
The schedule system is not exactly what I was looking for since we do not have a dedicated person onsite to swap the drives on a set schedule, previous backup was setup so either drive could be plugged in at any time, and backup would default to that backup.  I did not specify this in this question description so will ask this specific question in a separate question.
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by:AE_JB
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Am using default wizard, and backups go to which ever drive is attached at the time.
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