How to Create a Full Computer Backup Set Using Backup


Topic Last Modified: 2005-04-21

This topic explains how to create a full computer backup set.

A full computer backup set backs up Windows, your System State data, and any relevant applications and non-Exchange Data. To backup Exchange Data you will create a separate backup. A full computer backup will help you restore an Exchange server before restoring Exchange data.

Before you perform the procedure in this topic, make sure you read Data to Exclude from Windows Backup Sets or Full Computer Backup Sets.

  1. Start Backup in Advanced Mode: Click Start, click Run, type ntbackup, and then click OK. Click the Advanced Mode link on the Welcome screen.

  2. Click the Backup tab.

  3. Select the check box next to each item that you want to back up.

    Do not select the drives or folders that are listed as exceptions in the topic Data to Exclude from Windows Backup Sets or Full Computer Backup Sets.
    You must include the Windows boot partition and system partition (by default, located on drive C), the System State data, and your Exchsrvr directory (Exchange installation directory) as part of your full computer backup set. It is recommended that you do not include the ..\Exchsrvr\MDBDATA folder in your backup set.
  4. Next to the Backup media or file name box, click Browse to select the media for your backup.

  5. Click Start Backup.

  6. In Backup Job Information, in the Backup description text box, type a backup description, set the appropriate options, and then click Start Backup. For more information about how to set the options for the backup, see Selecting Options for a Backup.

  7. After the backup is completed, verify that it was successful. For more information about how to verify the success of a backup, see Checking the Success of a Completed Backup.

For more information about creating full computer backup sets, see Creating Full Computer Backup Sets.