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Windows Server® 2008 Administrator’s Companion by Charlie Russel and Sharon Crawford

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Backing Up AD DS

The process for backing up AD DS in Windows Server 2008 is different from the process used in Windows Server 2003 and Windows 2000 Server. Windows Server Backup and Wbadmin.exe replace the previous Backup utility Ntbackup.exe. The new backup utility has the following changes:

  • Windows Server Backup and Wbadmin.exe are not installed by default. You must install the Windows Server Backup and the Command-line Tools features to use these utilities. When you install the command-line tools, the Windows Powershell feature is also installed.

  • Only full volumes can be backed up. Windows Server Backup has no option to back up only system state data, which includes AD DS. With Windows Server Backup, you must back up all critical volumes to back ...

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