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Set the backup type

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To set the backup type

Using the Windows interface

  1. Open Backup.

    The Backup or Restore Wizard starts by default, unless it is disabled.

  2. Click the Advanced Mode link on the Backup or Restore Wizard.

  3. Click the Tools menu, then click Options.

  4. On the Backup Type tab, in Default Backup Type, select the type of backup you want to perform.

Notes

  • You can use Backup to back up and restore data on FAT16, FAT32, or NTFS volumes. However, if you have backed up data from an NTFS volume, it is recommended that you restore the data to an NTFS volume of the same version to prevent losing data. Some file systems might not support all of the features of other file systems.

  • To start Backup, click Start, point to All programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Backup.

  • There are five backup types: copy, daily, differential, incremental, and normal. For more information about these backup types, see Related Topics.

Using a command line

  1. Open Command Prompt.

  2. To set the backup type, type:

    ntbackup backup /M {backuptype}

Backup type must be one of the following: normal, copy, differential, incremental, or daily. For information on additional backup options, see the Ntbackup.

For example, to create a normal backup job named "Backup Job 1" that backs up the System State data to the file C:\backup.bkf, type:

ntbackup backup systemstate /M normal /J "Backup Job 1" /F "C:\backup.bkf"

Notes

  • To open a command prompt, click Start, point to All programs, point to Accessories, and then click Command prompt.

  • You can use Backup to back up and restore data on FAT16, FAT32, or NTFS volumes. However, if you have backed up data from an NTFS volume, it is recommended that you restore the data to an NTFS volume of the same version to prevent losing data. Some file systems might not support all of the features of other file systems.

  • To view the complete syntax for this command, at a command prompt, type:

    ntbackup /?

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

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