Can MS SQL 2005 make backups to a shared folder?

I'm not a big MS SQL person. Is there a way to setup a shared folder on another server to make backups. If I try to assign a folder for the backups it only gives me options for direct attached storage. I'm using standard edition of MS SQL 2005.
MEATBALLHEROAsked:
Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

andyalderCommented:
You should be able to use a UNC path although the GUI may not be able to browse to it. see http://www.sqlteam.com/forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=117600 for example. (Note that the N in that example seems to be an error since drive letters are for users and the SQL service account won't see drive letters but should use something like \\server\share\filename as the target.

See http://connect.microsoft.com/SQLServer/feedback/details/124707/backup-and-restore-through-mapped-network-drive for example, in that instance "N" has no meaning to SQL, it's just what the user sees as his own mapped drive.

Also make sure permissions are correct http://support.microsoft.com/kb/207187  which generally means changing the account SQL runs under as local system account won't have permission.
0

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Server Hardware

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.