SV: using samba to backup NT to unix tape drive ?

Palle Girgensohn girgen at
Fri Jan 22 02:11:46 GMT 1999


My suggestion: Use Amanda (, cd /usr/ports/misc/amanda24 && make install with FreeBSD).

It has support for smbtar. Haven't tried it myself, but I hear it's working fine. (I think I have seen a patch for gnu tar, that fixes the path length limit. I'm sure, though...)


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Från: Tony Jones <tony at>
Till: Multiple recipients of list <samba at>
Datum: den 22 januari 1999 00:34
Ämne: using samba to backup NT to unix tape drive ?

>I have an NT system that I wish to back up. However, it has no tape drive.
>I do have a Unix system (FreeBSD) on the network with a tape drive.
>I was wondering whether sharing NT's disks and using smbtar (on the FreeBSD
>system) would be a reliable method of generating a FULL backup ?
>The NT system to be backed up has two SCSI disks C: (9.1GB NTFS) and 
>D: (2 GB FAT16 [Windows98]). 
>Are there any things to watch out for ? Is the 1024 max path length an
>issue ? I guess it depends on how deep my NT directory hierarchy is ?
>If I ever have to recover either of the above disks on the NT system, I have
>a spare 200mb IDE disk (not normally installed) with NT on it (sees the
>above two disks as D: and E:). Should I also consider booting from this
>disk to do the backup ? Or is it safe to share the disk that you booted
>from ?
>Appreciate any tips/comments to alternate ways to go about this.
>Please CC: me on any replies.

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