XP Pro Backup Utility


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I am trying to use the backup utility that is built into XP Pro to backup
files (that I select-not system state, etc, just my docs and the Outlook PST)
to a network share on another XP Pro computer. It gives me an error that the
backup file could not be used. Make sure it is a valid path and that you have
sufficient access. I am signed on with an account that has administrator
priviledges on both computers. I have also added this account to the Backup
Operators group. I can run the backup utility and backup to a place on its
own hard drive to not to a place shared on the network.
Can anyone tell me why?
 
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The shared folder probably lacks Permissions for the backed up System. The
Network location might not be a system using "Simple File Sharing".
 
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Thanks for the ideas Mark but when I add Simple File Sharing to my folder
options, I am given a message that access is denied on the system when trying
to even map to the drive. Again, I am using an account that has
administrator rights on both computers. Now when trying to map, it does not
allow me to connect with any username I choose, it only has Guest (and this
account is disabled). I have to leave the simple file sharing deselected.
Let me give you a little more background: I am in a corporate office using a
domain. The computers that I am attempting to run the backup utility on are
in remote locations and are setup in workgroups. Each location has their own
workgroup with 6 computers. One has a backup share and another one is
attempting to backup to it. I can remote into each PC using either
Netmeeting or Remote Desktop. We need to be able to map drives which we
can't when Simple File Sharing is selected.
I can use the backup utility from my XP Pro PC to a Windows 2000 share but
not to another XP Pro share.
Thanks for any other ideas!
 
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Guest

I have done that. I have mapped a drive and shared it. All users that are
going to connect (just one) have administrator rights on both computers. I
still cannot get the backup utility to work. It will not work to another XP
pro workstation but it will to W2k. I have tried several things-turning off
firewall, starting different services, stopping other services, etc. What
else could be blocking this from working? These were clean XP installs.
Here is what these computers have on them for software:
Computer 1 (this is the one where I am backing up selected files
only)-Office 2003 full version, Adobe 6 Standard, Adobe Reader 7, Adobe Type
manager, HP Laserjet 3390 Software, Dell Drivers, Mozilla, Citrix and
Counterpoint (a retail application-accesses SQL databases). Program files
are not backed up. Just files created or sent to this computer.
Computer 2 (this is the network share where the bkf is supposed to
go)-Citrix and Counterpoint. SQL components for offline database use in the
event the network goes down. Thats it. This one is pretty bare.
I can't for the life of me think of what could be preventing this from
working.
Here are the steps that I took to set up the backup:
1. On computer 2-created a network share called backup. Shared it out and
made sure that the local user and the network user had full control over this
share.
2. On computer 1-mapped a drive to \\computer2\backup and set it to
reconnect at login. Everything looks fine. Connected just fine.
3. On computer 1-went into the backup utility and advanced mode so that I
could select all my backup options. Selected my files. Got to the next
screen where it says: type, destination, and name. Type is grayed out as
file. Clicked browse to my network share and then clicked ok. Hit next and
the get the error 'The backup file name could not be used. "Y:\Weekly
Backup.bkf" Please ensure it is a valid path, and they you have sufficient
access.' The error has a yellow exclaimation mark on it. And it doesn't
matter what I change the name to or what driver letter I assign or anything.
I am serious when I say I have tried everything I can think of. This makes
no sense.
 
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I now notice that you are using the path to a root folder (Y:/*.bkf). I
suggest getting it out of the root. (Y:/foldername/*.bkf)

If this is a cd-r, it is failing because the disk needs to be formatted for
backup to use a location (e.g. a formattted cd-rw)
 
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