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Windows Backup Articles

Here is a list of useful articles that have been published about Windows Backup.

Backup Basics, by Microsoft   There are many ways you can unintentionally lose information on a computer. A child playing the keyboard like a piano, a power surge, lightning, floods. And sometimes equipment just fails. If you regularly make backup copies...
Scheduling Automatic Backups with NTBackup   NTBackup offers the ability to schedule backup jobs. The way this works is that NTBackup builds a command-line string to launch itself according to the parameters you set up in the UI. It creates a shortcut with the command string and then uses the Windows "Scheduled Tasks" functionality to schedule it to run. You can adjust the schedule manually. more...
Backup Selections Files   A little known fact of NTBackup is that the list of files and folders that you want to backup are held in ordinary unicode text files. You can manually edit these .BKS files using a text editor like notepad, so long as the file is saved in unicode format. In our experience this is far better than using the built-in tree view functionality, which cannot show the order in which files and folders were selected. This order can be critical in determining how the backup works. more...
Volume Shadow Copy   Volume Shadow Copy is a revolutionary technique introduced first on the desktop OS's in Windows XP and then first in the server OS's in Windows 2003 Server. It allows files and folders to be recorded at a moment in time, and then the version of the files from that earlier time accessed later in the event of loss or damage to the file. more...
Automated System Recovery  Without ASR, recovering a failed system is a long winded affair. It requires, fixing the hardware, re-installing the OS's and SP's, re-installing software and then restoring data from backups. ASR significantly automates this, allowing you to fully restore your system quickly and efficiently in the event of an emergency or complete system failure, even to a "bare" computer with no software installed. ASR backups ... more...
Open File Backup
Some backup solutions refer to the ability to backup open files, i.e. files that are currently in use or being changed. Another little known fact of NTBackup is that it supports open file backup ....

Extending the functions of Windows Backup with SoftSwift Enhanced Windows Backup Freeware
Windows Backup is a great technical piece of backup software but it lacks a few simple but essential features. This article by SoftSwift highlights the additional functions necessary to make NTBackup deliver.

Preserve Your Data With The Backup Tool You Already Have -- TechNet Magazine, Spring 2005
If you're running Windows XP, Windows 2000 Server, or Windows Server 2003, you already have Ntbackup. It's time to dispel some of the myths about how it works so you can get good, efficient backups without blowing your software budget.
How to: Backup a pair of home computers without purchasing additonal hardware
The technique described in this article provides an effective solution, at minimum cost, in a home environment where there are two or more computers, to protecting against equipment failure ...
System Restore Points and their role in protecting your system
To help protect your system using Windows XP, you can use the System Restore Utility to create what is called a "Restore Point. ...

Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 volume shadow copy service
This article by techtarget.com examines the technical architecture underlying the volume shadow copy (snapshot) capability included in Windows XP and Windows 2003 Server.

Tape vs Disk Backups
This article compares the two media and provides a framework for administrators to use before making a decision about which type of backup media to use more...
How to Install NTBackup on Windows XP Home
This article describes how to add NTBackup to Windows XP Home, on which it is not installed by default. more...
How to Repair/Recover corrupt BKF Backup Files
This article describes how to add NTBackup to Windows XP Home, on which it is not installed by default. more...
   
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