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
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).
Click Start, point to Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Backup.
Click the Backup tab.
Click to select the System State check box.
Click File in the Backup destination box.
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.
Click Start Backup, and then configure the appropriate settings.
Click Advanced, configure the appropriate settings, and then click OK.
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.
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.
In the Scheduled Job Options dialog box, type a name for the scheduled backup job in the Job name box, and then click Properties.
Configure the scheduling settings, click OK, and then click OK.
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.