Tape Backups using SBS Backup Wizard

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by tomsmythers, May 20, 2005.

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    tomsmythers Guest

    I have a SBS 2003 on a Dell server with a Seagate Travan internal tape
    backup drive, which I do not know how to use. I can not find any decent
    documentation on the use of the drive.

    I have put a new tape cartridge (40 gb compressed, 20 gb native) in the
    drive. I have set up a nightly backup of the entire server (about 11 GB of
    data) using the SBS Backup wizard found in the To Do list on the server.
    After two or three backups, the tape will be full. How do I rewind the tape
    after it is full? Do I have to erase it to make it available to do
    additional backups? Can I somehow set up the tape to run unattended and
    rewind itself and only erase the oldest backup when it does the next backup?
    The tapes are quite expensive, so I want to avoid buying more tapes.

    Thanks for any help!

    tomsmythers, May 20, 2005
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    Bill Swan Guest

    Tom, sorry tapes maybe expensive but if server died how much will it cost if
    you didn't have a backup ?

    How many tapes do you have. All my clients have a minimum of 5 one for the
    day of the week. This helps also to take a tape off site incase of theft or
    fire ( another point on this, data protection act and data theft... is
    everyone encrypting backup data in case tape lost in transit...lol)

    See if this helps

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    Bill Swan, May 20, 2005
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    James B Guest

    There are options in the NTBackup GUI for setting erase tape, etc. You don't
    "rewind" a Travan, the drive takes care of such things.
    James B, May 21, 2005
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    Tom Guest

    Thanks for your help, Bill. You make it easy for me to decide what to do!

    Best Regards,

    Tom, May 22, 2005
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    Tom Guest

    Thanks for your help, James. I will experiment with the tape drive and the
    backup GUI to understand the capabilities better. I didn't realize the GUI
    had such options.

    Best Regards,

    Tom, May 22, 2005
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