Wednesday 10 February 2010

Automating the Windows Home Server Backup for the WHS?

One of the little surprises that we have run across with WHS is the inability to schedule a backup of the WHS unit itself!

We plugged in a large USB hard drive to back things up with, and ended up running into a roadblock when looking through the WHS Console and all of the settings locations for a backup scheduler.

This is a bit of an odd puzzle since the unit is supposed to be a _server_ for home use! :(

So, to get a scheduled backup, we need to go to a third party tool set and configure a key stroke macro to run via the Task Scheduler.

No sense reinventing the wheel, so have a look at the following instruction set on where to get the tool and how to configure it on WHS to get a “scheduled” backup:

Philip Elder
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

*Our original iMac was stolen (previous blog post). We now have a new MacBook Pro courtesy of Vlad Mazek, owner of OWN.

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Mike said...

Phil - how does this compare to BDBB?
I thought that backs up the server (no wait, this backs up the backup database of the desktop images?).

What about notifications of backups of desktops and the backup of the database? I haven't found anything on that. Is there notification built in there somewhere? Or you have to rely on the icon by the clock on the desktop of a PC to alert you to a problem?

Anonymous said...

As you say, there's no point in reinventing the wheel so just use ntbackup. Start, run "ntbackup" enter. Scheduling, system state, the lot. Easy!