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NTBackup and Windows Server 2008

Tuesday, December 07, 2010 in Technical Articles (Views: 4674)
You're probably wondering why on earth anybody would still want to use NTBackup after Microsoft canned it in Windows Server 2008. I've been using this tool seemingly forever, and it is invaluable to my system admin toolbox, especially on my home servers.

NTBackup doesn't have a whole lot of enterprise features, or compression, or really much of anything. What it does provide, however, is a flexible and no nonsense tool for backup. You can let your OS do other things to the file like compress or encrypt it.

If you're reading this blog, you probably already know what NTBackup can do for you. If not, it is in my opinion far superior to things like Windows Server backup, as it allows the user to select folders to back up, rather than a whole drive. Later, I will discuss how to make NTBackup an enterprise tool.

In my lab, I had a Windows Server 2003 virtual machine for the simple purpose of doing backups. If you want to grab NTBackup from that machine (it would be preferred versus a Windows XP machine, even through the 2 should be about the same). Here are the diles to look for, you can dump them all into a single folder, say, called NTBackup.

Here are the needed files (from the \Windows\System32 folder)

• NTBackup.exe
• Ntmsapi.dll
• Vssapi.dll

...and optionally, these files from \Windows\Help

• NTBackup.chm
• NTBackup.hlp

You can then run NTBackup right from this folder. Later, I will be back to show you how to create an enterprise backup solution just from NTBackup.


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