SQL 2005 Best Way to Backup Database

We have a Server 2008 OS running Microsoft SQL 2005. What is the best way to stop the SQL database and make a backup of the log file? It is only 1 database from a software called AIM. We want this automated so it can run nightly without us having to do anything. We are using Syncback for the backup process to our Server.
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WNC1Author Commented:
We went though SQL to make the backup a few minutes ago. We noticed that it would only allow the backup to go to the C: Drive of the Server. Is there anyway to change that? The C: drive only has 30GB free, so 2 or 3 backups would fill that up. We were going to backup the database to a mapped drive on another server, but when selected the location we can only pick the C: Drive. Is this a limitation of SQL 2005?
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Scott PletcherSenior DBACommented:
No, that's definitely not a limitation of SQL 2005.  You can backup to any valid drive that SQL has access to, even using a unc/share folder.
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Beth KludtIndependent Business OwnerCommented:
I don't believe SQL Server can back up to a mapped drive.  You need to access the drive with its unc name such as \\servernameorIP\drive\folder.

Also, why do you want to stop SQL Server in order to do a log backup?  SQL Server backups are done online, generally without significant impact to ongoing processes.
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Scott PletcherSenior DBACommented:
True, not a mapped drive, but any drive that is validly available to SQL.
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mikainzCommented:
You can use the Task Scheduler for automation together with the SQLCMD command, which lets you execute the BACKUP DATABASE SQL-Command against the database stored on a UNC Folder.
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Vitor MontalvãoMSSQL Senior EngineerCommented:
. What is the best way to stop the SQL database and make a backup of the log file?
The best way is not to stop SQL Server. Why you need to stop it?

We noticed that it would only allow the backup to go to the C: Drive of the Server.
That's because you are using the GUI (SSMS) to perform the backup. You can run BACKUP command to point to a network share:
BACKUP LOG DatabaseNameHere 
TO DISK = '\\DatabaseName.TRN'

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