Creating Backups of Windows 2008 Server Core Machines

by File in: backup, Server Core

Windows 2008 Server Core is a minimalist installation of Windows Server 2008. It must be managed from the servers console command line or remotely via Terminal Services. In previous versions of Windows Server, NTbackup.exe was the program used for creating system backups. NTbackup.exe has been phased out and has been replaced in Windows 2008 by […]

Hacking ntbackup.exe and bkprunner.exe for better performance in Windows Server 2003 SP1

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I was perusing Susan’s blog today and came across her link to Chris’s great description of how to modify the bkprunner.exe process to improve backup performance in Windows Server 2003 SP1. Chris details how to use a hex editor and modify the registry to increase ntbackup performance. He also mentions that you can now use […]

Script to gracefully close an Outlook .pst file so it can be backed up

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I was listening to the latest episode of the Casting¬†from the Server Room podcast this morning, and one of the discussions was about backing up an Outlook .pst when users leave Outlook open overnight, which is when the backup is scheduled to run.¬† In order to back an Outlook .pst file, the .pst file must […]

Script to backup the Windows Server System State using NTbackup from the command line

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Here’s a simple batch file script to backup the Windows Server 2003 System State to a removable drive: for /f “Tokens=1-4 Delims=/ ” %%i in (‘date /t’) do set dt=%%i-%%j-%%k-%%l for /f “Tokens=1” %%i in (‘time /t’) do set tm=-%%i set tm=%tm::=-% set dtt=%dt%%tm% C:\WINDOWS\system32\ntbackup.exe backup systemstate /v:yes /r:no /rs:no /hc:off /m normal /j “server04 […]

Script to export ISA server configuration to an .xml file

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We run ISA 2004 on a Windows 2003 server, and I was looking for a way to automatically export the ISA server’s configuration on a nightly basis. I found several examples of this type of script, but most were either too basic or too complex for my needs. Please note this script exports the ISA […]

emBox login error:com.novell.eMBoxSDK.ConnectFailedException: Login failed

by File in: backup, diagnostics, edirectory, Novell, troubleshooting, Windows

Yesterday I wrote about creating eDirectory backups using eMBox and other utilities. Today I was trying to make an eDirectory backup on a Windows 2000 eDir server, version (10551.53). I launched a command prompt, and from the c:\novell\nds directory I typed edirutil -i to launch eMBox in interactive mode. Next I attempted to login, […]

Howto: Quick and dirty eDirectory backups

by File in: backup, edirectory, howto, Netware, Novell

I’m currently upgrading some Netware 6.5 servers from support pack 5 to support pack 6. I’m also upgrading those same servers from eDirectory 8.7.3 to 8.8.1. Before I make any eDirectory changes, the first thing I do is to run from the server console: dsrepair -rc This makes a quick backup of Data Information Base […]

Howto: automatically remove files older than ‘x’ days

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Tape backups have failed me too many times, so I now do my Windows backup to an external hard drive. One of the office staff is in charge of swapping out our backup drives and taking it offsite. I needed a solution that would remove old backups without user intervention so they wouldn’t have to […]