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Windows Server Backup Management Console

John Joyner explains four methods to manage the performance of the Windows Server Backup utility across multiple servers.

In a, I shared some techniques for using the Windows Server Backup utility that comes with Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Besides the fact that the Windows Server Backup utility is a free part of the operating system, it uses a block-based disk image technology that is faster and often more reliable than traditional file-based full and incremental backups.

Using Windows Server Backup, rather than a third-party backup utility, you can save on backup software license costs, and reduce complexity for single-server backups. For the administrator with several (or hundreds) of servers to manage, what's not readily available is an easy way to manage performance of the Windows Server Backup utility across multiple servers. This article relates four ways you can remotely monitor the status of Windows Server Backup across more than one server.

#1Multiple Windows Backup Snap-in instances

Windows Server Backup is administered using the command line or the Windows Server Backup management application (wbadmin.msc). The management application monitors one server at a time (normally the local server) but can also be retargeted to other computers running the same version of Windows Server Backup. The Windows Server Backup Snap-in is available to add to a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) interface. Follow these steps to manage multiple server backups from one interface:

  1. Open a blank Microsoft Management Console (MMC.exe) at the command prompt.
  2. Select File ... Add/Remove Snap-in.
  3. Select the Windows Server Backup Snap-in and push the Add button.
  4. At the Computer Chooser screen, select Another Computer and type the name of the remote server to manage.
  5. Push Finish and repeat steps 3 and 4 for each additional remote server.
  6. When done, press OK and observe all your backup servers listed under the console root.
  7. Select File ... Save As, name, and save your custom MMC.
  8. Each time the MMC is opened, all the servers you added will be listed. Browse through each node in the MMC to verify the status of your server backups.

#2 Use a Windows Small Business Server product

If you own Microsoft Small Business Server (SBS) versions 2008 or 2011, you have an automated backup management feature available already. Windows Server Backup is an integral part of the SBS management solution. The assured backup of Exchange 2010 in SBS 2011 is a high-value feature to the small business. Emailed daily summary reports and weekly detailed reports make it easy to spot problems with your backups; see Figure A for an actual SBS report email detailing a recent backup failure.

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by dddaner

One thing you might want to sort out is... with backup exec you can license a number of different options.
you use a management client to connect to the backup server and configure it.
there's also a client component that installs on a server that runs in windows to help enable backups to run more smoothly. this is a standard feature usually.
there's an optional client that you can get for workstations that is designed to back up files people leave on their desktop and elsewhere that aren't on the network.

Due respect to you but....

by toleolu

The "Array Controller" is the device that controls your drives. With your PE Server it could either be an expansion card, or it's integrated with the mother board.
No offense, but this project may be a little beyond your capabilites. Replacing RAID Array drives is not like replacing drives in a PC. You don't just slide the old ones out and pop the new ones in.
You are going to have to backup your data, phyisically replace the drives, and controller if needed, configure and initialize your RAID array, set the drives up through Windows disk management, then restore your data

How about this

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Do you need to open a BKF file in Windows 7? On Vista, there was a feature called “Removable Storage Management”, which appears to be abandoned in Windows 7. So, if you want to open BKF files in Windows 7, you’ll need to find another way.
Microsoft released an update/hotfix for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 that allows you to open and restore BKF files in Windows 7. It won’t work on Windows 7 RTM or RC.
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