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Windows 2000 Backup and Recovery Basics

A well thought out and executed backup strategy can save your business (and your job if you were unlucky enough to make a mistake). Unfortunately, the Windows 2000's built in Backup utilities come up a bit short for anything but a small LAN or a standalone server.  We've put together some of the best resources we could find on the topic, hopefully you'll use them to develop a backup plan before you need it. (And don't forget to test it as well.)

Where to Start...
Backing up files in NT
Failing to back up your files properly can put you out of business, but this task is often neglected. This first in a series of backup reviews explains the importance of backing up files and how to select the right backup solution. Source: Windows & .NET Magazine (Sept 1997)

Beyond Backups: The Next Steps For Fault Tolerance
OK, you perform your regular backup routines. That means your data is protected. But do you have qualified protection against downtime of your server, drives, or other potential points-of-failure on your network? Which components don't require redundancy? In part 1 of a 2-part article, we offer several ounces of prevention to help you gain several pounds of cure. Source: EarthWeb (April 27, 2001)

Beyond Backups -- The next steps for fault tolerance Pt. 2
Failing hard drives, power supplies, controller cards, and motherboards ?how much do these potential problems result in down time for your network, and what can you do about it before they occur? In part 2 of this series, Drew Bird offers solutions. Source: EarthWeb (May 9, 2001)

Backup Terms and Technologies
A glossary of common terms. Source: Windows & .NET Magazine (Sept 1997)

Files and Folders Not Backed Up Using the Ntbackup.exe Tool
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 233427 - This article lists the files and folders that the Ntbackup.exe tool does not include in the backup and restore process.

Files Skipped with Windows NT Backup
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 104169 The Windows NT Backup program (NTBACKUP.EXE) automatically skips the following types of files during the backup and restore processes

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. (updated 12/29/99)

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:

Remote storage disaster recovery for Windows 2000 networks
If data is saved on remote storage tapes, you're safe, right? Well, maybe not. Brien Posey reminds you can things can go wrong when tapes are constantly overwritten, and he explains how to avoid and recover from storage disasters. Source: EarthWeb (Sept 12, 2001)

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.

The Pitfalls of System Backup 
A look at the shortcomings in the NT Backup Utility, and alternatives for larger environments. Source: Windows NT Systems Magazine (April 1997)

The Six Deadly Backup Sins
Learn how to avoid a disaster-recovery nightmare. Source: Windows & .NET Magazine (April 2000)

Windows 2000 Backup May Leave Temporary (Regxxxxx) Files on the Computer
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 257534 - If you use Windows 2000 Backup (Ntbackup) to back up a Windows NT-based computer or Windows 2000-based computer over the network, temporary work files may be created on the remote computer with names similar to Reg, (updated 3/22/2000)

Windows 2000 Backup Does Not Back Up to CD-R/CD-RW/DVD-R Devices
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 262006 - When you choose the backup media device in Backup (Ntbackup.exe), you cannot choose a CD-R (compact disc--recordable), CD-RW (compact disc--rewritable), or DVD-R (digital video disc--recordable) device .(updated 5/24/2000)

Windows NT Backup Strategy
A primer on backup options in NT. Source: Windows & .NET Magazine (Sept 1999)


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