Windows Server 2003 Backup to NAS

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I setup a Windows 2003 Server I manage to backup to a network attached storage (NAS) device, but the Small Business Server Backup utility is failing. The NAS is on the network located at \\dlink-xxxxx\backup. There is a user name & password, but I have it saved in explorer, and can access it w/o a problem.

The backup fails because "the specified media cannot be found." I can map a drive letter to the device, but I can't use a mapped network drive because Windows is (fill in the blank).

What is the best way to backup a Windows server to a NAS device?

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in the SBS Backup software, does it have a place to save the username/password for NAS?

In other backup software I have used, the backup does not technically run as the user you are logged in as (which is how it can run when you are not actually logged in at all), so even though you are logged in and can access the NAS, the process that back's up cant.

This may help in tracking down the issue.

-Greg

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I removed the password - we shall see how it runs tonight.

It's funny...the server recommends that I make it a member of the domain and give full write privileges to the administrator account, I would if I could.

Just had an idea: What if I create an "administrator" account on the NAS and have it as the same password as the domain's administrator account? I will try that tomorrow night if I have success tonight.

Thanks for the help! Smiling

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Removing the password fixed the problem. Smiling :) Smiling

That raises another problem, though. I can't have the entire server backup on a device with no password - anybody can plug in or hack the wireless and get all the data. I will create an account with the same user/password as the server and see if that works.

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Have you thought of setting up a domain controller? You can add the nodes to the domain, and all the connected devices can communicate without a username and password. Someone who cracks the wireless key (or plugs in) won't have access to the domain, so they wouldn't have access to those shared areas (unless they can crack your domain password too).

Probably more work than it's worth Smiling

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This place already does use a domain controller. All the server resources, printers, files, etc., are under the domain control permissions. The only problem is the NAS doesn't have the capability to be a domain client (as far as I know).

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I got the same problem so I tried removing the password and it worked.

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So there wasn't a problem with leaving your backups unprotected?

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You could use ShadowProtect (http://www.storagecraft.co.uk) to do this, and automatically encrypt the disk image. Plus, it will give you a backup of the WHOLE server that you can use to restore onto any type of hardware if the unthinkable happens (this has saved our bacon on more than one occasion).

Cheers,
Awfers

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Before you back up Windows Server 2003 to NAS perhaps you should know first the disadvantages if you do it :

  • Only one restore point per backup
  • Slower transfer speed
  • Bare metal restore requires network driver
  • Many NAS devices Linux based, don’t support NTFS and can have slow processors

Hope it help {links removed}

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This place is no longer using a domain controller. All resources of the servers, printers, files, etc, are under the control of domain permissions. The only problem is the NAS does not have the ability to be a domain client as far as I know.

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This place is no longer using a domain controller. All server resources, printers, files, etc., are controlled by domain permissions. The only problem is that the NAS does not have the ability to be a domain client

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