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I would like to know if there is a (cost free) way to backup Windows Server 2008 Active Directory and DNS settings without using Windows Server Backup.

The problem stems from not having a seperate volume available to store the resulting backup from Windows Server Backup.

I examined the command line options with wbadmin and it also expects the destination to be a dedicated volume for the backup.


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You can use the instructions in this knowledge base article to allow you to use the wbadmin start systemstatebackup -backuptarget:c: command to, for example, put a System State Backup (which is the way to backup Active Directory) onto the "C:" volume.

(To be a bit preachy: Putting your backup on the same volume being backed-up isn't real backup. Real backup is off-site and offline. Perhaps you're just testing or mocking something up, but don't rely on this for any real backup.)

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Thanks for the info. I reviewed wbadmin previously, and was hoping to be able to send the backup to a file so it could be compressed and shipped off site. Is it possible to zip the resulting backup volume? – EtherDragon Jun 14 '10 at 15:10
@EtherDragon: You could always try it and see what kind of compression ratio you get. – Evan Anderson Jun 15 '10 at 5:20
I finallyd ended up using this: wbadmin start systemstatebackup -backuptarget:g: -quiet The contents of the system backup volume can be compressed and shipped off site. – EtherDragon Jun 15 '10 at 20:40

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