HOW TO: Back Up the System State Data of a Remote Computer in Windows 2000

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This step-by-step article describes how to use the Windows 2000 Backup program (Ntbackup.exe) to back up the system state data of a remote Microsoft Windows 2000-based computer. By design, Ntbackup.exe only backs up the system state of the local computer. This article describes how to work around this limitation.

How to Perform a Back Up of the System State Data of a Remote Computer

Schedule the System State Backup on the Remote Computer

  1. Log on as either an administrator or as a backup operator on the computer on which you want to back up the system state data (the remote computer).
  2. Click Start, point to Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Backup.
  3. Click the Backup tab.
  4. Click to select the System State check box.
  5. Click File in the Backup destination box.
  6. Click Browse in the Backup media or file name box, and then specify the path and file name for the backup.

    Make sure that you save the backup to a network share. The file must use the .bkf file name extension.
  7. Click Start Backup, and then configure the appropriate settings.
  8. Click Advanced, configure the appropriate settings, and then click OK.
  9. Click Schedule.
  10. If you are prompted to save the backup selection, click Yes, specify a name and a location where you want to save the backup selection file (.bks), and then click Save.

    By default, the .bks file is saved in the %SystemRoot%\Documents and Settings\Username\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\WindowsNT\NTBackup folder.
  11. In the Set Account Information dialog box, type the user name and the password of the account with which you want to schedule the backup, and then click OK.
  12. In the Scheduled Job Options dialog box, type a name for the scheduled backup job in the Job name box, and then click Properties.
  13. Configure the scheduling settings, click OK, and then click OK.
  14. Click Exit on the Job menu to quit Backup.

    A backup of the system state data is scheduled to run at the time and the date that you specify. This task is added to the Scheduled Tasks folder in Control Panel. Before you proceed to the next section, confirm that the scheduled backup runs as expected.

Schedule a Backup of the System State Backup of the Remote Computer

  1. Log on as an administrator or a backup operator on the computer that is designated to back up the remote computer's system state data.

    NOTE: You must also have administrative or backup operator privileges on the remote computer.
  2. Connect to a share on the remote computer.

    The easiest way to connect to a share on the remote computer is to use a mapped network drive. To do so:
    1. Right-click My Network Places, and then click Map Network Drive.
    2. Click the path to the share on the remote computer that contains the system state backup, and then specify a drive letter for this disk drive.

      This disk drive is now displayed as a drive to the share in My Computer.
  3. Click Start, point to Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Backup.
  4. Click the Backup tab.
  5. In the Backup destination box, click either Backup this data to a file or Backup this data to a tape device.
  6. In the Backup media or file name box, specify the appropriate destination based on whether you are backing up to a file or tape.
  7. Expand My Computer in the left pane, and then click the mapped network drive that contains the system state backup on the remote computer.
  8. Click Start Backup.
  9. Configure the appropriate settings in the either the Backup Job Information dialog box or the Advanced Backup Options dialog box.
  10. Click Schedule.
  11. If you are prompted to save the backup selection, click Yes.

    The .bks file is saved to the %SystemRoot%\Documents and Settings\Username\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\WindowsNT\NTBackup folder by default.
  12. In the Set Account Information dialog box, type the user name and the password of the account with which you want to schedule the backup, and then click OK.
  13. In the Scheduled Job Options dialog box, type a name for the scheduled backup job in the Job name box, and then click Properties.
  14. Configure the desired scheduling settings, click OK, and then click OK.

    IMPORTANT: Make sure that you schedule this backup to run after the backup job that you scheduled to run on the remote computer has completed.
  15. Click Exit on the Job menu to quit the NTBackup.

    A backup of the system state backup of the remote computer is scheduled to run at the time and date that you specify. This task is added to the Scheduled Tasks folder in Control Panel.
NOTES:
  • The Task Scheduler Service must be running on the computer for you to schedule a backup.
  • You can change the scheduled backup job settings after you schedule the job. To do so, click the Schedule Jobs tab, and then click the Backup icon that is displayed on the calendar.

REFERENCES

For additional information about how to use the NTBackup in Windows 2000, click the article numbers below to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
301254 HOW TO: Back Up Windows 2000 System Files with the Backup Program in Windows 2000
240363 HOW TO: Use the Backup Program to Back Up and Restore the System State in Windows 2000
301420 HOW TO: Use Windows Backup and Recovery Tools to Make a Data Backup of Internet Information Services
For additional information about how to use Task Scheduler to schedule a task in Windows 2000, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
300160 HOW TO: Schedule a Server Process in Windows 2000

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Article ID: 315412 - Last Review: January 29, 2007 - Revision: 4.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
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