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I'm having to do sys admin work, without the training. (Long story.) We've got a tape drive in one of our Windows 2003 R2 servers. The former sys admin setup a backup job in the Windows Backup and Restore utility, which we've been running, by hand, for a long time. Last week I couldn't be there to fire off the backup job, so I tried to schedule it within the Backup and Restore utility, and I thought that I had. How do I determine that the job ran? I got onto the server, got into the event viewer, looked at Applications for the relevant time period, but didn't see anything. Does that mean it didn't work? Or do I have to look elsewhere?

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NTBackup logs can be found here (this is, of course, if your old sysadmin hasn't set it up to save elsewhere):

C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows NT\NTBackup\data

I do however agree with Oliver's answer. To truly understand if a backup has worked, you must restore a file from that backup (This will definitely save your bacon if you ever had to restore a server from scratch).

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  • Thank you very much. I checked the directory you referenced and found that it didn't backup anything. I'll just start the backup manually. – Rod May 21 '12 at 19:09
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Restore a file from the backup.

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