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Set advanced backup options

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 advanced backup options

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 Backup tab and select the files and folders you want to back up.

  4. Click Start Backup.

  5. On the Backup Job Information dialog box, click Advanced.

  6. Set the advanced backup options you want, and then click OK. See the Notes section for a description of each option.

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.

     

    Item Description

    Back up data that is in Remote Storage

    Backs up data that has been designated for Remote Storage. If you choose this option, Remote Storage reparse points (placeholder files) are backed up. If you do not select this option, Remote Storage reparse points are not backed up. You can restore Remote Storage data only to an NTFS volume.

    Verify data after backup

    Checks for disk errors that may have occurred while files were being copied to tape. This might substantially increase the time it takes to perform a backup.

    If possible, compress the backup data to save space

    Compresses the data you are backing up so that you can save more data on a tape. If this option is disabled, you do not have a tape drive on your computer or your tape drive cannot handle compressed data.

    Automatically back up System protected Files with the System State

    Backs up all of the system files that are in your systemroot directory in addition to the boot files that are included with the System State data. This option will substantially increase the size of your backup job, but select it if you have recently updated drivers or changed other operating system files. For example, if you choose this option on Windows XP Professional, it will add over 200 megabytes to the size of your backup job.

    Backup Type

    Determines how your data is backed up. Backup types include copy, daily, differential, incremental, and normal.

Using a command line

  1. Open Command prompt.

  2. To set the advanced backup options, type:

    ntbackup backup/V:{yes|no} /HC:{on|off}

 

Value Description

/V:{yes|no}

Specifies whether or not the backup data is verified after the backup is complete.

/HC:{on|off}

Specifies whether or not hardware compression is used (if it is available on the backup media). Usually only tape drives have the ability to compress data.

For other backup options, see information about the Ntbackup command.

For example, to create a backup job named "Backup Job 1" that backs up data on drive D:\ to the file C:\backup, type:

ntbackup backup D:\ /J "Backup Job 1" /F "C:\backup.bkf"

All other options will default to those specified in the Backup program.

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

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

    ntbackup /?

  • If you do not specify the other Backup options, ntbackup will use the default values of the Backup program for the backup type, verification setting, logging level, hardware compression, and any other settings.

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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