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Back up data on cluster nodes

Updated: January 21, 2005

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

To back up data on cluster nodes

  1. Open Backup.

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

  2. Follow the wizard instructions, selecting All information on this computer on the What to Back Up page.

    This will back up all data on the node and all the cluster disks currently owned by that node. Cluster disks not owned by that node will not be backed up.


  • You will need a blank 1.44 MB floppy disk to save your system settings and media to contain the backup files. If your computer does not have a floppy drive, see "Troubleshooting the Backup Utility" in Related Topics.

  • If a cluster disk owned by the node being backed up fails over to another node during the backup process, the backup set will not contain a full backup of that disk.


  • To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Administrators group on the local computer, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. If the computer is joined to a domain, members of the Domain Admins group might be able to perform this procedure. As a security best practice, consider using Run as to perform this procedure.

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

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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