Using NTBackup on system after P2Ving
Posted on 2014-02-27
I am looking for some advice/suggestions. I am aware this isnt the typical question that has one or even a few correct answers but more likely many. Every IT person could come up with something different based on what works for them, so I will describe what I am doing and try and narrow down what I am looking to achieve whether good practice or just terrible.
I have p2v'd 2 old servers recently. The old hardware was knackered but the systems were still business critical. I chose to deal with the imminent hardware failure and then worry about decommisioning the machine at a less rushed pace.
The machines are both Windows Server 2003 running on a VMWare hypervisor (the free one for the moment). Backups use builtin ntbackup schedules (daily full and inc). The backup media is (was) an external usb disk. I have temporarily changed this so the backups still run but just to another local (to the vm) drive.
My question is; what is the cleanest (short term) way to get the backups back on to the usb drives so they can go offsite? I have considered an intermediate physical server. What would you guys do?
If there is something I havent made clear please ask.
thanks for any suggestions.