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I have created several jobs in mssql 2005. One is a backup databases job and the other is cleanup old databases. Currently they backup to a local drive E.

Can i back them up to a shared drive on another computer? If so do I have to create anew job and delete the old one or is there a place I can go to edit the location of where my backups are currently going and point them to the new location.

If it is possible to make backups on a shared drive, do I need to create a mapped drive to do this backup or can I do it with just a network path typed in?
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by:jorge_toriz
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Yes, you can backup to a network address like:

BACKUP DATABASE YourDB
TO DISK = '\\Computer\Backups'

You must check if the credentials that are running the SQL Server Engine has the proper permissions to write your backup file.

I think you can modify your Jobs to avoid deleting and creating new ones.
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by:SagiEDoc
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So far as I recall the drive has to be local and mapping to a network location does not work either. You will need to backup locally and then have a script run that moves the backup jobs to a network drive.
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by:jorge_toriz
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No my friend, I'm currently using network paths to backup my databases and they work as expected, the thing is to assign the right permissions on the shared folder to allow SQL Server Engine to write its backup.
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by:SagiEDoc
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Sorry Jorge - my bad, you are right. SQL cluster the disk needs to be local, stand alone works.
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by:MEATBALLHERO
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Does any one know how I can edit my Job to change where the the backups go? How do i do this?
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by:jorge_toriz
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We need to know how your job was made. Does it execute a Maintenance Plan?, an exe file?, T-SQL script?, Power Shell?

You can open the Maintenance Plan inside SSMS
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Maintenence Plan
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Open your maintenance plan inside SSMS and then look for the Database Maintenance Task, double click on it and then change the location of the backups.
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