Windows server 2003 backup

What's the best way to backup Windows server 2003 system state and data?
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
There are two ways for it: ntbackup which is part of Windows 2003 or using third party backup tool such as Shadow Protect, Acronis or Paragon.

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fastadviceAuthor Commented:
Nt backup is very very very slow
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Because it is doing file level backup. Have a look on Hard Disk Manager 15 from Paragon: www.paragon-software.com
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fastadviceAuthor Commented:
Will this backup and restore sql database and exchange without issues
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
If your database and logs are on the same volume then yes.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
The speed of ANY backup depends on what you're backing up and how you're backing it up.  If you want a SYSTEM STATE backup, NT Backup is reasonably fast - the system state is small.  If you want a full server backup, yes, NT backup can be slow depending on a variety of factors.

And you do realize that 2003 is out of support now, right?  While things should continue to work, new patches to your workstations or other, newer, servers won't be tested with 2003 and it's even possible new functionality, requiring changes in the OS will mean that workstations stop connecting because support for some critical component is altered or removed.
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