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This chapter is from the book

This chapter is from the book

Lab 8: Disaster Recovery


In this lab you will accomplish the following:

  • Learn of the importance of making backups.

  • Create a backup of the most important information on your computer.

  • Utilize the built-in NTbackup program in Windows 2000.


  1. Go to PC1.

  2. Click the Start button, choose Run, and type ntbackup. This opens the built-in backup program in Windows 2000 Professional.

  3. Click the Backup tab, as shown in Figure 3.52. You can back up anything on your machine from here. Backup media include tape (the most common), floppy, HDD, and CD.

  4. Figure 3.52

    Figure 3.52 NTbackup.

  5. Back up all the important information on your system, including all users, profiles, policies, drivers, the registry—everything that makes your system unique. This is known as the System State.

    1. Click the System State check box. Notice that doing so leaves a blue check mark. Also notice that if you open the C: drive and select a folder inside, that folder will become blue but the C: will get a grey check mark. Grey means that only certain components inside have been selected.

    2. Tell the system where you will place your backup file.

      1. Click the Browse button at the bottom of the window.

      2. Navigate to your Downloads folder.

      3. Name the backup backup1 and click Open. This brings you back to the main window.

    3. Click Start Backup. You will see a window that looks like Figure 3.53.

    4. Figure 3.53

      Figure 3.53 Starting the backup.

    5. Click the Start Backup button. This will back up about 250–300MB of information, packing together all the files into one file known as backup1.bkf. You can use compression to make the file smaller, but watch out; the higher the compression ratio, the better the chance of corruption. I wouldn’t recommend going past a 2:1 ratio. You can also set what type of backup you want to do, and schedule it to happen every day. There are a lot of options, so check them out when you get a chance.

    6. When the backup is complete, check out the summary, (see Figure 3.54).

    7. Close the report.

    8. Close the Backup window.

  6. Go to PC2 and run the same type of backup. This is going to be much larger, because it will back up all of what you just did plus the server components and Active Directory.

That’s it! Great job on this chapter.

Figure 3.54

Figure 3.54 Backup completion and summary.

What Did I Just Learn?

In this lab you created a backup of the most important information on your computer. You also learned about the importance of the system state and how to use the NTbackup program.

That is all for Chapter 3. Excellent job! Make sure to go through the Domain 3 practice questions; they will aid you in your quest to pass the Network+ exam!

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