[Box Backup] Windows backups

Joe Krahn boxbackup@fluffy.co.uk
Mon, 29 Nov 2004 12:23:56 -0500

Windows backups are a real pain, due to file locking, the Registry, etc.
The only way to really backup Windows correctly is to run the backup 
outside of the Windows OS you're backing up.

My Windoze backup plan is to do a nightly reboot-to-Linux, then backup 
the Windoze partitions from Linux. Afterwards, automatically reboot back 
to Windoze. It would also be possible to set up a network boot server to 
supply the Linux backup system, so the Windows box wouldn't need any 
Linux partitions or CD.

This seems a bit complicated at first, but when you realize all of the 
issues working with Windows, it is really a much easier solution.
The only drawback is having to do scheduled reboots.

OH... just remembered: This won't work to backup NTFS file systems,
and may be a problem with LVM partitions. But, our desktop systems don't 
have these.

Joe Krahn