ntbackup is an extremely simple tape-based backup utility that shipped as part of Windows Server from Windows NT 3.5 until Windows Server 2003.

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I failed to open my xp backup bkf file in Windows 7

I moved xp backup bkf file to windows 7, but could not open bkf file through NTBackup restore utility because I received an error message “the backup file contains unrecognized data and cannot be ...
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ntbackup on live system

I have a few Windows 2003 servers of which I want to take a backup of before installing some anti-virus software. My question is, does ntbackup (the included backup software) operate on a live, ...
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How can I get ntbackup to show items in the Backup\LTO Ultrium media pool so they can be restored

I am attempting to restore data from an LTO Ultrium 4 backup tape. The backup was originally done via NTBackup. When I attempt to restore the data that was backed up, I am unable to view or select the ...
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Performing an restore from NTbackup on Windows 2012?

I'm trying to restore some files backed up using NTBackup from a Windows 2003 server onto a Windows 2012 server. I have downloaded the Windows NT Backup - Restore Utility for W2008 but when trying to ...
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What would cause this error nightly during NTBackup (SBS 2003)?

I am getting the following warning message on 510 different files (always the same ones) every night: WARNING: Portions of "[INSERT FILENAME HERE]" cannot be read. The backed up data is corrupt or ...
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NTBackup fails, claims hardware failure or permission issue, but all hardware replaced

We have a server running incremental backups four times a week, and full backups once a week. It has been reporting hardware errors, intermittently but more frequently as of late: Error: The device ...
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All Logs Required when Enabling Circular Logging? (Exchange 2010)

Currently looking at cleaning up a mess left by a now-gone tech for one of my clients. Initially we found that backups hadn't been running for some months. While they're running now, I just found out ...
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NTBackup skips files inconsistently

I've got a server that runs a full ntbackup once a week. Every week, it will log about a dozen files with the following messages: WARNING: Portions of "\OBJECTS\SERVER\STORAGE\DOCS101\SomeFile.000" ...
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A decent Windows tape backup program to replace NTBackup

I'm running Veeam right now to back up VMs to disk which is great, but I like taking home a tape every night as an offsite backup. Integration with NTBackup is simple, just put a "ntbackup backup [vm ...
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NTbackup doesn't complete, leaves a blank log file, VSS errors in application log

I have a Windows 2003 server that is running a semi-custom backup task. The scheduled task calls NTbackup with a few switches depending on whether it is a full or incremental backup. Most of the ...
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Accessing tapes at the Windows Server 2008 R2 with NTBackup backups

Does anyone know any solution how to access tapes at the Windows Server 2008 R2, tapes written with NTBackup from earlier Windows versions ??? I appreciate free or low cost solution to access such ...
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How to restore Windows 2003 using a system backup? Didn't work for me

I have had an easy time testing system restores with ASR NTBackups. I wanted to try what I thought was an alternate approach provided by windows 2003 for full system restores. Using NTBackup, I made ...
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NTBackup Commands

I am pretty unfamiliar with doing NTbackup via command line but I have a user who had someone setup his computer to backup to a 1TB external drive. The backup command looks like this: ...
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ntbackup asks for a free media LTO-1, but shouldn't

I'm facing this problem: on Windows 2003 server STD, I can't safely perform unattended data backup on tape (HP LTO-1 drive) because it asks for a free media tape after 90GB of data written. The ...
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How to set the Backup Identification Label of a job in NT backup using the command line

I'm using NTBackup on a server 2003 R2 system, to backup to a file over the network, using a batch script. What I'm trying to do is to change the name of the backup set as displayed in NTBackup's ...
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NTBackup (on WS2k3) fails to backup remote server (WS2k8R2) with “ Error: is not a valid drive, or you do not have access.”

We run an NTBackup job on a Windows Server 2003 R2 SP2 with all updates (as of Q4-2011). It works well backing up two WS2k3 servers as well as the backup server itself. However, we have been unable ...
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Remove old backup.bkf 's backups

I always used ntbackup on WindowsXP for saving my data on a daily basis. My backup type is incremental. Now my external hard disk storage is full. How can I delete old backups?
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How to Recover Mailbox from old NTBackup Exchange Backup File

I have a backup file that was created by NTBackup from which I need to recover a mailbox (preferably in PST format). Is it possible to extract this from this BKF backup file? We're running Exchange ...
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How do I restore Public Folders in Exchange 2003 using NTBackup?

Our Exchange 2003 server had a catastrophic failure which corrupted the contents of the Exchange databases. Soft recovery failed due to excessive corruption. At 72GB, a hard recovery was not really ...
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Does a full ntbackup include mssql mdf files?

I had a disk failure, and I'm trying to restore my MSSQL DB. I seem to be missing the MDF file associated with the DB ( Some other older MDFs are available). The only backup scheme is a full ntbackup ...
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When writing remote data to a tape is the local drive throughput a factor in backup speed?

I'm working on a project to speed up our daily backups. I've mapped out the nodes that the data passes through from start to finish as best I can looking for bottlenecks. I am not sure if I should ...
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How do I erase a tape with NTBackup on Windows Server 2003?

I am trying to get NTBackup under Windows Server 2003 to perform a backup to tape. But when I start the job I always get the error "There is no free media with the selected type." As a first ...
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NTBackup Error: C: is not a valid drive

I'm trying to use NtBackup to back up the C: Drive on a Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 machine and get the following error in the log file: Backup Status Operation: Backup Active ...
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NTBackup fails with 8003 and 8019 to restore to Recovery Storage Group

Taking over a Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 (SBS2003) that has long been backed up using both Symantec Backup Exec and NTBackup. Now I am trying to be smart and test the restore. Of course ...
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Server 2003 incremental backups using ntbackup are too large

I have a week day nightly incremental backup that compliments my once a week full backup but even when I know very few files have not been modified since the last incremental or full backup, a ...
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Exchange 2003 NTBackup always fails

Running Exchange Server 2003, I run an online backup every 2 nights using NTBackup, the job succeeds and I can verify by check db properties in systems manager & logs in D:\Exchsrvr\mdbdata. I ...
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Is it possible with NT Backup (or MS Backup) to restore all of the latest files from a certain folder out of an incremental backup file?

I am using MS Backup on a Windows Server 2003 to backup our key folders at my work. The backup is set up as an incremental backup job where it only backs up any files that have changed since the last ...
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Monitoring NTBackup / Windows Server Backup using Nagios passive checks

We're monitoring several (~40 so far) servers using Nagios 3, and after some massive headaches trying to check event logs and text logs and so on with active checks, I've got NSCA installed on our ...
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most trouble/hassle free way of running a backup of a server

We're running windows server 2003 and as of now, we are using NTBACKUP - however, we are looking for another tool, preferably something free which offers mediocore features. The reason we want to ...
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Is an NTBackup of a MySQL data directory reliable

This question was asked on the MySQL forums in 2004 with no answers. I'm installing MySQL 5.0.x on a Windows 2003 Server for use with Drupal. I began to configure the backup with mysqldump when it ...
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How to access SQL files from a BKS file?

I have a BKS file that is around 20GB. How do I extract the MSSQL files from that? Thanks
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Backup VSS Issues

I've got this server, and we've been having VSS issues for quite awhile. We've tried every form of re-registering the VSS drivers we can think of. NTbackup won't run a system state backup vssadmin ...
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ntbackup only makes 2K size .bkf file, why?

I have a scheduled backup that backs up the shared files and system state. It is set to run as "normal" mode. However, when it runs it only makes a 2K size file when it should be like 60GB.What ...
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using windows shadow copy for folders, files

it seems only R2 versions of W2k3 and W2k8 support folder, file level VSS backup. In regular Windows server editions only volumes could be backed up. is there any links or doc to confirm this ...
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Using NTBackup to Backup Exchange 2003 Mail Stores

I have netbackup backing up my Exchange stores stores to tape, but would like to maybe make the restore process faster. I have plenty of room on the array attached to the mail server, so I was ...
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Error when attempting to do a differential or incremental backup of Exchange using ntbackup

We're running Small Business Server 2003 here. I was reviewing our backup procedures lately and noticed in the ntbackup logs that the differential backups of Exchange were failing with the error: ...
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ntbackup crash corruption

I want to backup my domain using differential backup on ntbackup, question is what if my computer crashes in the middle of the backup, would that corrupt my previous one? Thanks.
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NTBackup will not recognise LTO Ultrium

Backup Exec seems to be crashing our server when it runs and I have not had a backup for 2 days so whilst I work on fixing this I would like to use NTBackup just to get something on tape. When I run ...
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Alternatives to ntbackup [closed]

Is anyone aware of any good (for a given value of "good") alternatives to ntbackup? There's a few quirks with ntbackup that I still find odd, and occasionally (and for no obvious reason) ntbackup just ...
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Hyper-V host backup failing using Windows Server Backup

The host in question is a Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter edition host with 64GB of RAM set up as a dedicated Hyper-V server with a 2TB backing store attached via a PERC 5/e controller to a Dell ...
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Can Windows 7 restore files from NTBackup archives that were created under Windows XP?

We will be replacing all Windows XP Pro installations with Windows 7 Pro. Under Windows XP, backups were done using NTBackup. We will switch to the built-in backup in Windows 7. Will we be able to ...
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Extract registry key from NTBackup System State backup

A Windows Server 2003 machine died recently but I need some information that was contained in the now-defunct server's registry. I have a "System State" backup file created by the Windows Server 2003 ...
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Event 10016 When Running ntbackup as a user in the Backup Operators group

I created a Windows 2003 AD user and deployed the user to the local Backup Operators group via Restricted Group on Default Domain Policy. I then restarted a client to make sure that this user was ...
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Automated bare-metal recovery practices for small network

I have several machines which are on a small network with one DC and 3 to 5 workstations on the network at any given time. These are all setup with DNS and AD on the same server. I want the ability ...
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Why won't my ntbackup scheduled task of our Exchange data work?

We have Exchange 2003 running on a Windows 2003 server. For some reason, the backup job (using NTBackup) usually fails to work by itself. If I right click on the job and run it, it works fine, the ...
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System State Backups using NTbackup fail with error 0x800423f4 (relating to volume shadow copy)

We have a Windows Server 2003 R2 running Service Pack 2. It is a domain controller (Global Catalog) and our main internal DNS server. We run a System State backup of the machine to back up Active ...
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Does a NT backup of exchange backup take exchange offline?

I am in a situation where i have limited time to pull of an exchange backup and i wont make it if i wait till the closing off business. Does the NTbackup utility bring down exchange while backing up ...
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ntbackup fails to save to NAS under windows sbs 2003

I created a backup plan to backup to a NAS via UNC (\\192.168.x.y\backup\pdc) on our Windows 2003 SBS, which stops after 1 sec with this error: "The operation was not performed because the specified ...
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Output/pipe ntbackup directly to GPG

Currently, we can perform and encrypt a Windows backup with ntbackup and GPG in 2 separate steps in a batch script, as below: ntbackup backup "@selection_file.bks" /f "backup_file.bak" gpg ...