Because users are creating files on the local drive, it is important to back up the files to a server. Encrypted files cannot be copied to servers except in limited circumstances. Encrypted file backups are most easily accomplished using the NTBACKUP utility that comes with Windows 2000. This backup utility permits you to make backups to a file as well as to tape, so it is relatively easy to create a local batch file or script to back up the secured folder to a server.
The encrypted files in the backup file remain encrypted if the file is recovered, so keeping the backup file on a remote server does not present a security threat. In fact, using NTBACKUP is the only reasonably simple way to move encrypted files from a local machine to the recovery server hosting the DRA's private file recovery key.