Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. #1
    Super Moderator BATcher's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    A cultural area in SW England
    Posts
    2,822
    Thanks
    19
    Thanked 108 Times in 102 Posts

    ASR Backup backs up too much! (2003 and 2003R2)

    I'm quite happy running ASR Backup from a BATch file to produce a .BKF file on disk. (I've attached my documentation, in case anyone is interested!)

    However, the problem I have run up against is that it seems to back up (almost all of) the C: drive, with no obvious way of bypassing the myriad large non-operating-system files, so that a backup-to-disk of our newer server, which has only a C: drive (really bad default decision, BTW) is over 19 GB instead of a few GB.

    Google trawls haven't produced any useful answer - do we have an NTbackup ASR backup expert around?

    Thanks!
    Attached Files Attached Files
    BATcher

    Dear Diary, today the Hundred Years War started ...

  2. Subscribe to our Windows Secrets Newsletter - It's Free!

    Get our unique weekly Newsletter with tips and techniques, how to's and critical updates on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows XP, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google, etc. Join our 480,000 subscribers!

    Excel 2013: The Missing Manual

    + Get this BONUS — free!

    Get the most of Excel! Learn about new features, basics of creating a new spreadsheet and using the infamous Ribbon in the first chapter of Excel 2013: The Missing Manual - Subscribe and download Chapter 1 for free!

  3. #2
    Plutonium Lounger Leif's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2000
    Location
    U.K.
    Posts
    14,010
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: ASR Backup backs up too much! (2003 and 2003R2

    Not an expert, but according to this article:

    An ASR backup does not include folders and files. - so I'm not sure why you are getting the myriad backed up.

    plus

    According to Microsoft, administrators should take the following steps to ensure the recovery in case of a system failure:

    * Back up <big>all</big> data on the system and boot volumes and the System State.


    Which would infer that perhaps you ought to be backing up everything...

  4. #3
    Super Moderator BATcher's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    A cultural area in SW England
    Posts
    2,822
    Thanks
    19
    Thanked 108 Times in 102 Posts

    Re: ASR Backup backs up too much! (2003 and 2003R2

    I'm afraid that the article is entirely incorrect with regard to what gets backed up from the C: drive - and I can post the 7MB 'full' log file if you don't believe me!

    I'm not even sure what "An ASR backup does not include folders and files" actually means...

    The important thing seems to be the lack of any ability to exclude directories from the backup, which is problematical since 'everything', especially non-system data, is lumped onto the C: drive. That rates a MegaGrrrrrh.
    BATcher

    Dear Diary, today the Hundred Years War started ...

  5. #4
    Plutonium Lounger Leif's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2000
    Location
    U.K.
    Posts
    14,010
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: ASR Backup backs up too much! (2003 and 2003R2

    I don't disbelieve you, but my reading of what you and the article say is that you are doing a 'Normal' backup from your batch file, not an ASR. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>

    Have you tried creating an ASR set following their directions to see what you get?

  6. #5
    Super Moderator BATcher's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    A cultural area in SW England
    Posts
    2,822
    Thanks
    19
    Thanked 108 Times in 102 Posts

    Re: ASR Backup backs up too much! (2003 and 2003R2

    It may well be that the only difference between a 'normal' backup of the entire C: drive and an 'ASR backup' is that the latter creates the two small SIF files...
    BATcher

    Dear Diary, today the Hundred Years War started ...

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •