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Backing Up Files with Windows Server Backup

The Backup snap-in can be accessed in the MMC or the Server Manager. Typically, you will want to use the Backup Schedule Wizard to create a schedule for your backups. We look at the Backup Schedule Wizard later in the hour. To get a first look at the Windows Server Backup snap-in, let’s take a look at doing a one-time backup.

To start the Windows Server Backup snap-in in the MMC and backup files, follow these steps:

1. Click the Start menu, point at Administrative Tools, and then click Windows Server Backup. The Windows Server Backup snap-in opens in the MMC (see Figure 6.18).

Figure 6.18. The Windows Server Backup snap-in.

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Did you Know?

To access the Windows Server Backup snap-in in the Server Manager, expand the Storage node and then select the Windows Server Backup icon.

2. In the Actions pane (on the right side of the Windows Server Backup snap-in) click Backup Once. The Backup Once Wizard opens.

3. Click Next to bypass the wizard’s initial screen.

4. On the next screen (see Figure 6.19), you select the backup configuration. You can select Full Server (the recommended default) or you can back up specific drives. Let’s take a look at how you do a custom backup (specifying the drive). Click Custom and then click Next.

Figure 6.19. You can do a full or custom backup.

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6. The next screen enables you to specify the destination for the backup. You can back up to drives on the system such as the CD/DVD-ROM drive, a local hard drive, or you can specify a network share for the backup. Specify the destination drive (or network share) and then click Next.

5. On the next screen (see Figure 6.20), you can specify the drive or drives you want to back up. Select the drive or drives and then click Next.

Figure 6.20. Specify the drive or drives to back up.

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By the Way

On the Select Backup Items screen, the Enable System Recovery option is enabled by default. This means that the volumes containing the system file are backed up automatically as part of the backup. If you do not want to include the system volumes, clear the Enable System Recovery check box and then select the drives to be backed up as needed.

7. On the next screen, you need to specify advanced options that relate to the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS). If you are using another backup product on the server to back up applications, you should select the VSS Copy Backup (Recommended) option. This type of backup does not clear the files’ archive attributes and retains the application backup logs. If you are using only Windows Server Backup, select the VSS full backup option. Then select Next.

8. The Confirmation screen opens. This recounts the drive (or drives) to be backed up, the destination for the backup, and the advanced settings for the backup (VSS copy or VSS full). Click Backup to back up the drive or drives.

9. The Backup utility creates a volume shadow copy of the drive. You are then asked to insert a labeled DVD (or CD) if you are using removable media. Then click OK. The backup medium will be formatted if necessary and the drive (or drives) will be backed up. If you are backing up a large volume or doing a full system backup, you are prompted to supply multiple DVDs (or CDs) to complete the process.

10. When the process is complete, click Close.

A drive window may open showing the backup file on the current removable media. You can close this window. The information related to the backup appears in the Status area of the Windows Server Backup snap-in. This includes the status and the time and date of the backup.

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