Windows 2000 Server - Backing Up Your Data

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by Joli Ballew

Windows 2000 Server offers a utility called "Backup" that can be used for backing up and restoring data on local and remote systems.  Using this tool, you can successfully backup and restore files and folders, create snapshots of system state, schedule backups to perform automatically, create ERDs, and access media pools and remote resources. These functions can be performed easily using the Backup and Restore Wizards, which can be accessed through Start/Programs/Accessories/System Tools/Backup.

Windows 2000 Server offers a utility called 'Backup' that can be used for backing up and restoring data on local and remote systems.

When you begin the Backup Utility offered in Windows 2000 Server, the first thing you see is the Welcome to the Windows 2000 Backup and Recovery Tools screen. From this screen you can perform all of the functions listed above. 

You can begin backing up data by either choosing Backup Wizard from the Welcome screen, or by clicking on the Backup tab. The Backup Wizard will, of course, walk you through the process, or if you prefer to do it manually, the Backup tab is available for that purpose. You can choose to backup all or part of the local computer, or all or part of a remote computer. The screenshot below shows the Backup tab and two computers that are part of a workgroup.

You can change how you want the backups to be configured by choosing Tools/Options from the toolbar at the top of the Backup screen. From this menu, you can set options related to the backup itself, restore procedures, type of backup, backup logs, and excluded files. 

The Backup Utility offers a great way to quickly back up data, and schedule consistent backups. It is easy to use and configure, can be configured so that all or only some of the files are backed up, and is perfect for small workgroups. To read the continuation of this article, click here: Restoring Data using the Backup Utility.

This article was originally published on Feb 15, 2001
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