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Get more space on backed-up Win 2000 Pro workstations

Get more space on backed-up Win 2000 Pro workstations
David Gabel

If you're using administrator or backup operator privileges to back up your Windows 2000 workstations over the network using Ntbackup, you might have noticed that there are lots of temporary files that are now on the workstation disks that weren't there before. That's because the backup program creates temporary work files on the remote computer, and doesn't remove the temp files once the backup is over.

These files are backups for each registry file or user profile that's in use when the backup happens, and they are created, usually, one folder above the folder you're backing up, according to Microsoft. The problem doesn't happen with Windows 98 or Windows 95.

Obviously, this could lead to a space problem eventually. Moreover, all that user profile info and registry info, if left lying around, could be a security problem.

What to do? Microsoft suggests these workarounds:

  • Connect to the remote computer using a read-only share. This prevents the temporary files from being created, but the active registry and profile files are not backed up.
  • Build a batch file to run Backup, and then use a del command to delete the temporary Reg0*.* files from the computer after Backup is finished.
  • Use a user account that does not have Administrator or Backup Operator privileges to

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  • back up the remote computer. This bypasses backing up the registry and user profile files.

To read this entire article on the Microsoft site, click here.

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Related Book

The Windows 2000 Professional Handbook -- Administrator's Advantage Series
Author : Louis Columbus
Publisher : Charles River Media
Published : Jan 2001
Summary :
Focusing on the needs of the technical professional who is responsible for a series of Windows NT and Windows 2000 systems, The Windows 2000 Professional Handbook is designed to be both a handy desk reference in addition to a textbook for MCSE courses. This book provides readers with insights into how Microsoft's latest enterprise-based operating system solves the connectivity challenges with hands-on examples and cases that arise in organizations running multiple operating systems.


This was first published in April 2001

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