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« on: May 26, 2005, 02:38:20 PM »

PLEASE SUPPLY RELEVANT INFORMATION:
Operating System Version: W2K
Problem Application Name & Version: Ntbackup
Problem Hardware Make & Model:
Error Messages:



Hi,


I have a simple batch file that I created when on NT4 that informs me
which tape to put in the drive depending on the last one used.


I use the 3 generation tape cycle


Mon, Tue, Wed & Thur I make an incremental backup.
Sunday I make a full backup, first to a Week1, Week2, Week3 tape and
then Month1, Month2 and Month3 tapes. 10 in all.


Now daily is fairly easy to do, if it is Wednesday then the Wed tape
should be used, but if the PC has been off for several days, then it
is more likely to be another tape.


The W2K backup program does not appear to work like this, and I was
looking for suggestions as to


a)      I might implement a similiar solution on W2K
b)      A better way of doing it.


I have seen some posts that use incredibly complicated scripts with
Guids etc. Is there a more simpler way at all?


I've added my batch file below, so as to better explain. I'm currently
using the NT4 backup program in W2K.


TIA


@echo off
rem This file will run the correct type of backup depending on
rem the last one run.
rem Adapted for NTBackup
E:
cd %systemroot%
rem Get rid of memory dump file as its 400MB


rem Set backup type INCremental or FULL
set type=inc
if exist %systemroot%\MON.LOG goto tue
if exist %systemroot%\TUE.LOG goto wed
if exist %systemroot%\WED.LOG goto thu
if exist %systemroot%\THU.LOG goto fri
:mon
set log=mon
echo monday
goto save
:tue
set log=tue
set oldday=mon
goto save
:wed
set log=wed
set oldday=tue
goto save
:thu
set log=thu
set oldday=wed
goto save
:fri


rem delete temp files for weekly backup cycle
del memory.dmp
del c:\temp\*.* /s /q
del d:\temp\*.* /s /q
del e:\temp\*.* /s /q
del e:\winnt\temp\*.* /s /q
del f:\temp\*.* /s /q
del e:\winnt\administrator.000\Loc
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« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2005, 03:48:15 PM »

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I'm currently using the NT4 backup program in W2K.

If that works okay, then why the need to change?
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« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2005, 07:03:26 PM »

Progress I suppose, and there is no guarantee that it will still work when I end up going to XP some time in the future.
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« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2005, 08:18:59 PM »

No, but by going to XP (some time in the future), you will notice that it doesn't have the backup facility, unless you install it from the XP CD, way after XP has been installed already. (It's not a standard option, MS would like you to reinstall XP loads of times instead, just read around the forums here Wink).

Have you ever thought of a 3rd party tape-backup option?
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« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2005, 07:25:21 AM »

Well I did have a copy of Arcserve (I think it was called) a good few years back, but I did not like it that much, it did not seem to be customisable as the NT version running in batch. It also disabled the NT version.

But it is a thought, though I was not looking to spend extra money Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2005, 07:45:27 AM »

Let me check around then. I'm about sure there are 3rd party freeware options around. When the sun has left this side of the building so I can see a lot more what's showing on my screen, I'll take a look around. Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2005, 11:06:19 AM »

Jee,

Please do not go to any trouble, as you say, if it is not broke, why fix it. I can wait until I *have* to change, then worry about it.

Was really looking for opinions or tips.Smiley

Cheers anyway.

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Originally posted by Jee

Let me check around then. I'm about sure there are 3rd party freeware options around. When the sun has left this side of the building so I can see a lot more what's showing on my screen, I'll take a look around. Smiley
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