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Trying to work out a method of harvesting information from Windows to enable me to create messaging and alerts on windows backup logs for the windows 2008 servers that is user friendly so this information can be emailed to people.

The main issue is the limited information and the level of technical information I can access using tracerpt and the wbadmin logs.

I notice on a server we have Farstone Backup software on the logs are user freindly, must be something Farstone did in the installation to translate the wbadmin information.

Has anyone a solution they have already used.
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Norm Dickinson earned 2000 total points
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This is one of the reasons third party backup software is popular. We switched away from OS-based backup utilities and went with Acronis software because it not only keeps an easy to read log, but it can email multiple contacts with details of each backup job automatically. See http://www.acronis.com or http://www.acronis.com/products/business-backup.html for more details as an example.
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I afree with Norm try using Acronis
its really good in sending alerts about the successful or unsuccessful alerts
You can define email aliases and let acronis email the alias
all yours in the group will be notified
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by:Killersmits
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Yes we use Acronis on workstations for backup but we haven't tried it out on Servers yet.

It's the extra cost in having backup software that is similar to Windows Backup
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by:Norm Dickinson
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There are many differences between the two, and it is a perpetual license that is portable. In terms of cost, the reliability and ability to customize the settings and create multiple backup plans is essential to running my business and justify the cost. The Windows backup is just not robust enough to keep us up to date by backing up with the options available. Also the ability to back up to a remote location is key. You won't regret the investment in my opinion. The best part is you can still use Windows backup and have just that much more protection.
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