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    Backup Fails (XP PRO SP2)

    I use Windows backup applet to nightly back up five pc's e-mail folders (Eudora) to my server. Four out of five work perfectly every night. No. 5 is erratic. Some days it works, some others it fails. The error msg says Backup can't find the media, which is a folder on the server. If I open the backup and click Backup Now it works fine.
    I have deleted the backup job, recreated it and the schedule, with no luck.

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    Re: Backup Fails (XP PRO SP2)

    I'm sort of NOT surprised that your post has already seen a number of "viewers" but no one has chosen, or been able to, give you an explanation for the problem you're having. I assume that all of the PC's are running XP, right, including the one with the problem. I don't know how you're scheduling these nightly backups, whether with the Windows scheduler or not, but I think you'll find that most of us are not too enamoured of the built-in Windows backup application and use a "better" third-party application, of which there are many. It so happens that I use something for nightly backups of "selected" files called NTI Software - Best Ultimate CD & DVD Burning software and have been for quite some time. It's not free but it works, every night!

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    Re: Backup Fails (XP PRO SP2)

    What is the server OS? Are all the backups scheduled at the same time? Also, check out Karen's Replicator. It is <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> for personal use and very inexpensive for work use.

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    Re: Backup Fails (XP PRO SP2)

    It's Windows Server 2003. The backups are scheduled at different times. The scheduler used is the one inside the backup applet. All PCs are WinXP SP2. I'll check out Karen's Replicator.
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    Re: Backup Fails (XP PRO SP2)

    If by the "backup applet" you mean NTBackup, you might like to look at a GUI front-end to this application called BackupAssist. It's not free, though...

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    Re: Backup Fails (XP PRO SP2)

    No, I don't think it's NT backup. It's under Accessories/SystemTools/Backup and is a full fledged GUI. I have used NT backup and this one is much more user-friendly.

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    Re: Backup Fails (XP PRO SP2)

    I think you'll find it is, because it is also on Windows Server 2003, and I recognise the GUI interface to it! It is a cut-down version of BackupExec by Veritas.

    We just use the GUI interface to look at what happened with the scheduled backup jobs.

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    Problem solved. User error! It seems that the user logs off some nights, not on others. When she logs off she, of course, disconnects the network drives. So the backup can't find the target media. She now stays logged on when she leaves for the day, like all the other users. Whoever said "consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." never used a computer!
    Thanks for all your suggestions.
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    Thanks for posting back. Glad you got it resolved. Just in time for the new year. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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