Setting up schedules

Your next option is to start the backup now or schedule it to run later. Later may be whenever the computer is sure to be idle with no one logged on. On a Windows Server 2003 server, users can be logged on via terminals, shares, RAS, or via some network connection, such as FTP. Consider shutting down certain services or denying access for the time the backup is running,

The Schedule Jobs option tab is a new addition to Backup. The old NT4 Backup could be scheduled to run at a later time only as part of a batch job triggered by the Task Scheduler; even that provided only the capability to repeat the process at various intervals. The Schedule Jobs tab on Backup provides a quasi-Backup wizard to achieve the manual task that we just performed. Some useful options are available in the Scheduler, so take some time to step through it and understand all the features.

To edit the job schedule, you can click the Schedule Jobs tab at any time and load the Schedule Jobs calendar. You can then double-click any day of the month to start the Backup Wizard, or you can click a previously defined job and load the Scheduler dialog boxes.

After you're in the Scheduled Job Options dialog box, click the Properties button to open the Schedule Job dialog box. The specifics of your task can now be edited or set in this dialog box.

That's all that using Backup involves. Note how everything we did was very GUI-oriented. Next you'll learn how you can use media pools and command-line batch switches to run Backup as a covert scheduled backup operation. In the section "Restoring Data" later in this chapter, you'll look at advanced DR backup rotation schemes before getting to restore operations.

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