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Windows 2008 Backups (Exam 70-642)

Which media types are supported when creating and storing backups when using Windows Server 2008? (Choose all correct answers)

  1. Additional fixed or removable hard drive
  2. Magnetic tape
  3. DVD
  4. A network share

Answer: A, C, D. The Windows Server 2008 backup utility doesn't support magnetic tape, but does include tape drivers.

There is a version of NTBackup.exe available from Microsoft downloads for restoring backups previously created with Windows 2003.

To perform scheduled backups, a USB or IEEE 1394 external drive is recommended. Wbadmin is the command-line version of backup. Backups can also be accomplished using the MMC snap-in or Windows PowerShell commands.

Tip: The Windows 2008 backup creates VHDs which can be mounted in a virtual PC as secondary disks using VPC 2007 or VS 2005.

Tech Reference: "TechNet: Backup and Recovery Overview" (TechNet)

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