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Backup ALL Shared files to an external disk
Windows Home server does not offer any way to backup it self. You may use NT Backup, buy I have seeing to many times that this thing corrupt its own files or simply does not backing up entire folders without any errors or hesitations.
Due to the poor situation of the Windows world, where things simply falling apart, I am using simple BATCH file, that is use the good old xCopy to backup what is important to me.
All shared folder you are creating from within the WHS consol are located in a folder named shares, place on drive D:
What you want is to copy the entire d:\shares, with what ever in it, into an external hard drive.
Assuming that you do not want to change your batch file each time that you are creating / deleting a share folder from the WHS consol, you want to create a pointer to the "head" of all shared folders, that is the D:\shares folder.
Another thing to know is that it is recommended to access WHS files only through the \\WHS\.... path, and NOT DIRECTLY from drive D:
So you are creating a pointer to the D:\shares folder, and copy what ever in it.
So, here is what you need:
NOTE: The xCopy /D insure that only new files or files that are not exist will be copied. It does not delete anything. So over time, you should anticipate that lots of garbage will be accumulated in your backup drive. Clean manually.
ALWAYS check that you can open / copy / rename your important files that are backed up.
ALWAYS CHECK the files backup2DriveB.txt and backup2DriveBFiles_B.txt to see what happened and if you indeed have backup.
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