Windows 2000 Server offers a utility called "Backup" that can be used for backing up and restoring data on local and remote systems. Using this tool, you can successfully backup and restore files and folders, create snapshots of system state, schedule backups to perform automatically, create ERDs, and access media pools and remote resources. These functions can be performed easily using the Backup and Restore Wizards, which can be accessed through Start/Programs/Accessories/System Tools/Backup. A continuation of the previous article on Backing Up Data, it is assumed you have used the Backup Utility and will restore from a previous backup.
When you begin the Backup Utility offered in Windows 2000 Server, the first thing you see is the Welcome to the Windows 2000 Backup and Recovery Tools screen. From this screen you can perform all of the functions listed above.
You can begin restoring data by either choosing the Restore Wizard from the Welcome screen, or by clicking on the Restore tab. The Restore Wizard will, of course, walk you through the process, or if you prefer to restore manually, the Restore tab is available for that purpose. You can choose to restore all or part of the local computer, or all or part of a remote computer. The screenshot below shows the Restore tab and a backup created on 2/3/2001.
Once you click on the Start Restore button at the bottom right corner of this screen, the restore process begins automatically. During the restore process you will see a progress screen, and when the restore is finished, a completion screen.
You can change how you want the restore process to be configured by choosing Tools/Options from the toolbar at the top of the Backup screen. From this menu, you can set options related to the restore itself, including how files will be replaced during the restore process.
The Backup Utility offers a great way to quickly back up and restore data, and can be used to schedule consistent backups. It is easy to use and configure, can be configured so that all or only some of the files are backed up or restored, and is perfect for small workgroups.