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The Microsoft Backup Utility

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The Microsoft Backup Utility (NTBackup) has the following advantages as a native part of your Windows operating system:

  • Complete backup of your system, whether it is a desktop or server.
  • Full integration with Windows Setup to perform Automated System Recovery in the event of a catastrophic system or hardware failure, when Windows does not start correctly.
  • Copy, daily, differential, incremental, and normal backups.
  • Backup scheduling by day and time.
  • Support for a volume shadow copy to create an accurate point-in-time copy of the contents of your hard drive, including any open files or files that are being used by the system. You can continue to access the system while the Backup Utility is running without risking loss of data.
  • On-media and on-disk backup catalogs to ensure fast and reliable restore.
  • Backup and restore of system files protected with Windows File Protection.
  • Ability to restrict access to a backup set, so that only an administrator or the person who created the backup set will be able to restore the files and folders.
  • Lots of documentation, knowledge base articles, scripts and other information on Microsoft's website and on the Internet.

The Backup Utility backs up and restores:

  • Files and folders on FAT16, FAT32, and NTFS volumes.
  • Personal data in the My Documents folder, including Outlook Express email folders.
  • System components called the System State (see below).
  • Encrypted files on Encrypting File System (EFS).
  • Security settings for each file and folder. Security settings include permissions, audit entries and ownership.
  • Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft SQL Server databases.
  • Junction points.
  • Replicated data sets.
  • Mounted drive information.
  • Disk quota information.
  • Removable Storage database.

The System State includes the following system components:

  • Registry.
  • COM+ Class Registration database.
  • Boot files, including the system files.
  • System files that are under Windows File Protection.
  • Certificate Services database.
  • Active Directory directory service.
  • Cluster service information.
  • SYSVOL directory.
  • IIS Metadirectory.

How to Use The Backup Utility

For information on how to use the Microsoft Backup Utility, see the following articles:

If you have a question regarding the Backup Utility, we suggest posting it to one of the Microsoft newsgroups, such as microsoft.public.win2000.general, microsoft.public.windowsxp.general or microsoft.public.windows.server.general. For more details, see the following article:

We recommend installing the latest Windows Service Pack to ensure the best performance of the Backup Utility. See the following articles:


The Backup Utility is a product of Microsoft and VERITAS Software Corporation. We do answer questions about using the Backup Utility with Firestreamer-RM, however all other inquires regarding the Backup Utility should be directed to Microsoft Corporation.

Any windows, dialog boxes, icons, pop-ups and other user interface items appearing during the backup process are displayed by the Microsoft Backup Utility or Microsoft Windows. Firestreamer-RM has no user interface at all, apart from the Firestreamer-RM Control Panel, which is neither directly involved in the backup process nor required to be running during the backup.


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