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Backup and Recovery: How to Articles

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Automating your backups with the Schedule service 
Source: Windows NT Professional Magazine (June 1999)

Automated Backup and Restore Part 1
Few IT professionals would question the value of backing up. Even fewer get excited at the prospect of having to do it. Automation is the way to do it right-and keep your sanity. Source: Windows NT Systems Magazine (March 1998)

Automated Backup and Restore Part 2
Selecting the right software is the key to successfully automating your backup system. Source: Windows NT Systems Magazine (April 1998)

Backup Against Disaster
Article on backup basics. Includes tips and software reviews. Source: PC Magazine (March 24, 1998)

Backing up and restoring Active Directory
Backing up security information is a much more significant endeavor in Windows 2000 than in Windows NT. Before you begin, you have some important decisions to make. Source EarthWeb (June 23, 2000)

Backing Up and Restoring the System State
Backing up and restoring the essential system components known in Windows 2000 as the system state. Source: Windows & .NET Magazine (Nov 1999)

Backing Up a WINS Database on a Windows 2000 Cluster
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 283290 - When you configure the Windows Internet Naming Service (WINS) to run as a resource on a Windows 2000-based server that is running the Microsoft Cluster service, the typical procedures for backing up the WINS database are not available. The Back Up Database command is not available (grayed out) in the Action menu in the Microsoft Management Console (MMC), or in the properties for the WINS server.

Booting From Mirror After Primary Partition Is Lost
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 113977 If the partition containing the Windows NT Server system files is mirrored and then lost, you can use a fault tolerant boot floppy disk to restart Windows NT Server and access the mirror of the lost drive. 

How to Back Up and Restore the System State Using the Windows 2000 Backup Program 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 240363. You can optionally back up the system state in the Windows 2000 Backup program to back up up and restore critical system data. 

HOW TO: Back Up the System State Data of a Remote Computer in Windows 2000 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 315412 - This step-by-step article describes how to use the Windows 2000 Backup program (Ntbackup.exe) to back up the system state data of a remote Microsoft Windows 2000-based computer. By design, Ntbackup.exe only backs up the system state of the local computer. This article describes how to work around this limitation.

How to Back Up a Windows 2000-Based Computer the First Time
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 241007 Describes how to back up your Windows 2000-based computer for the first time. 

HOW TO: Back Up Windows 2000 System Files with Windows 2000 Backup
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 301254 -
This step-by-step guide is intended for users who back up and restore data on Windows 2000-based servers. This includes backing up and restoring the system configuration and local registry.

HOW TO: Configure Your Windows 2000 Server for Daily Backup
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 300960 - This step-by-step article describes how to schedule a backup job on your Windows 2000-based computer. 

How to Manually Delete Reports from the Backup Tool
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 224006 - When you backup or restore data using the Backup tool, a report is created that displays the results of operation. You can view these reports by clicking Reports on the Tools menu in the Backup tool. 

How to Manually Edit Ntbackup.exe Selection Script Files 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 237310 - When you create a scheduled backup job in Windows 2000, a selection script (.bks) file is created with a list of folders and files that are to be backed up and that are to be excluded from the backup job. You can edit this list of files by clicking Load Selections on the Job menu in the Backup tool (Ntbackup.exe). 

How to Maintain Current Registry Backups in Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 318149 -  The solution that is described in this article is not supported by Microsoft. Use this method at your own risk. 

HOW TO: Perform a System State Backup with Windows 2000
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 301454 - This step-by-step article describes how to use the Windows 2000 Backup tool to perform a system state backup. You can use this method to back up and restore critical system data. 

How to Properly Restore Cluster Information
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 248998 - This article describes how to restore cluster database information. 

How to Recover an Accidentally Deleted NTFS or FAT32 Dynamic Volume
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 245725 - If a Windows 2000 NTFS or FAT32 dynamic volume is accidentally deleted by using the Disk Management snap-in, you may be able to recover the volume and the data contained on it. You can do this only if a new volume has not been created and formatted in its place. 

HOW TO: Recover a Windows 2000 Server that Does Not Start 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 301645 - This step-by-step article describes how to recover a Microsoft Windows 2000 Server-based computer that does not start. 

How to Recover from a Deleted Domain Controller Machine Account in Windows 2000
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 257288 - Describes how to repair a Windows 2000 domain controller whose machine account has been deleted. There are two known scenarios for this problem: 

How to Recover Mirroring Windows NT Using IDE Devices
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 141702 This article provides the steps necessary to recover mirroring using IDE devices under Windows NT. Use this article in conjunction with the following articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base, which explains how to create an Windows NT Fat 

How to Reinitialize the EDRP on a Workgroup Computer Running Windows 2000
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 257705 - This article describes how to reinitialize the local recovery policy on a Windows 2000-based computer. This process does not reinitialize a domain recovery policy. For Windows 2000-based domain members, the local recovery policy is superseded by the domain recovery policy.  

How to Replace Files In Use at Windows NT Restart
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 181345 If you need to replace a file that is in use by Windows NT, you normally must use one of the following methods. 

HOW TO: Restore Administrative Shares That Have Been Deleted 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 318755 - This step-by-step article describes how to restore administrative shares that have been deleted accidentally. If the administrative shares have been deleted, you can use either Registry Editor or the Poledit utility to configure Windows to automatically create the administrative shares. 

How to Restore Data from a Backup Set that Contains a Missing or Corrupted Tape
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 244805 - Windows 2000 Backup (Ntbackup.exe) does not have a /missingtape command-line switch that you can use to restore data from an incomplete multiple tape backup set. For more information about the /missingtape command-line switch, refer to the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
Q101228 Backup: /MISSINGTAPE Command Line Switch

How to Restore a Corrupted DHCP Database File 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 173396 - This article discusses methods that may be used to recover a corrupted Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) database.

How to Restore the Remote Storage Database 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 235469 - This article describes how to restore the Remote Storage Service (RSS - database. This may be useful if It is necessary to completely re-install Windows 2000 or if the RSS database is damaged. 

How to Save Backup Report Logs to an Alternate Location
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 241162 - Windows 2000 Backup (Ntbackup.exe) does not have a command-line parameter to specify the location to which reports are saved after a backup operation is finished. The backup report is saved in the profiles folder of the user who performed the operation. 

HOW TO: Schedule a Daily Backup in Windows 2000 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 300960 - This step-by-step article describes how to schedule a backup job on your Windows 2000-based computer. 

How to Schedule Unattended Backups Using a Stand-Alone Tape Library
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 239892 - Windows 2000 Backup (Ntbackup.exe) is designed to work with Removable Storage Manager (RSM) to manage media during a backup session.

How to Use Command Line Parameters With the "Ntbackup" Command
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 300439 - You can perform backup operations from the command prompt or from a batch file by using the... 

HOW TO: Use Ntbackup to Recover an Encrypted File or Folder in Windows 2000 (Q313277) 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article You can use Windows 2000 Encrypting File System (EFS) to encrypt data so that only your user account and the recovery agent account can access the data. This feature prevents data from being accessed by other users. Data encryption is especially valuable on laptop computers, which are more liable to theft. 

HOW TO: Use Windows Backup and Recovery Tools to Make a Data Backup of Internet Information Services
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 301420 - This article describes how to use the Windows 2000 backup and recovery tools to make a data backup of Internet Information Services (IIS). 

Managing Windows 2000 Disks and Backup and Restore
This scenario describes day-to-day administrative tasks to perform in Microsoft Windows 2000-based network domain. This scenario shows an administrator how to design a backup and restore strategy to ensure that the failure of a server or disk drive does not result in the loss of data. Source: Microsoft.com (March 10, 2000)

Recovering a Volume Set after a Drive Crashes
Advice from a reader. Source: Windows & .NET Magazine (Aug 1999)

Repair, Recovery and Restore
Sample Chapter 13 from the Windows 2000 Resource Kit. Covers repairing a Windows 2000 Installation, restoring the System State, Registry and Data, recovery disk configurations, recovering a mirrored or RAID 5 volume, and recovering data in Remote Storage.

Using Emergency Repair Disk With Fault Tolerant Partitions
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 113976 After creating volume sets, stripe sets with parity, stripe sets without parity, or mirror sets, always save the disk configuration information to the Windows NT Emergency Repair Disk. 

Using NT for scheduled Network Backups
How to write a simple script and the AT scheduler utility to automate backups. Source: Windows & .NET Magazine (Aug 1997)

 

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