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    Info: SBS 2003 R2 Standard Edition
    Exchange server 2003
    Backup strategy: NTBackup to an external hard drive.

    My backup starts at 9:30PM. It used to finish before I got to work at 8:00AM the next morning, but now it is taking until past 5PM the next day. What could be causing this? I am attaching the log below. I see something with exchange took 13 hours! What am I doing wrong? Are log files not getting cleared out or something?

    edit: I'm backing up about 260GB worth of data onto removable hard drives. These are not expensive hard drives..they are actually pretty cheap. Do I just need a hard drive that will write quicker?

    Code:
    9/28/2007 9:30 PM
    -------------------------------
    Date: 9/28/2007
    Time: 9:30 PM
    User: SYSTEM
    -------------------------------
    
    Backup Runner started.
    Launching NTBackup: ntbackup.exe backup "@C:\Program Files\Microsoft Windows Small Business Server\Backup\Small Business Backup Script.bks" /d "SBS Backup created on 9/28/2007 at 9:30 PM" /v:yes /r:no /rs:no /hc:off /m normal /j "Small Business Server Backup Job" /l:s /f "G:\Backup Files\Small Business Server Backup (01).bkf" /UM
    NTBACKUP LOG FILE: C:\Documents and Settings\SBS Backup User\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows NT\NTBackup\data\backup06.log
    =====================<BEGIN NTBACKUP LOG FILE>=====================
    Backup Status
    Operation: Backup
    Active backup destination: File
    Media name: "Small Business Server Backup (01).bkf created 9/28/2007 at 9:30 PM"
    
    Volume shadow copy creation: Attempt 1.
    Backup (via shadow copy) of "C: "
    Backup set #1 on media #1
    Backup description: "SBS Backup created on 9/28/2007 at 9:30 PM"
    Media name: "Small Business Server Backup (01).bkf created 9/28/2007 at 9:30 PM"
    
    Backup Type: Normal
    
    Backup started on 9/28/2007 at 9:38 PM.
    Backup completed on 9/28/2007 at 10:06 PM.
    Directories: 5159
    Files: 41325
    Bytes: 7,790,753,768
    Time:  28 minutes and  15 seconds
    Backup (via shadow copy) of "D: Static Data"
    Backup set #2 on media #1
    Backup description: "SBS Backup created on 9/28/2007 at 9:30 PM"
    Media name: "Small Business Server Backup (01).bkf created 9/28/2007 at 9:30 PM"
    
    Backup Type: Normal
    
    Backup started on 9/28/2007 at 10:06 PM.
    Backup completed on 9/28/2007 at 10:28 PM.
    Directories: 605
    Files: 8271
    Bytes: 9,649,049,559
    Time:  21 minutes and  22 seconds
    Backup (via shadow copy) of "E: System Data"
    Backup set #3 on media #1
    Backup description: "SBS Backup created on 9/28/2007 at 9:30 PM"
    Media name: "Small Business Server Backup (01).bkf created 9/28/2007 at 9:30 PM"
    
    Backup Type: Normal
    
    Backup started on 9/28/2007 at 10:28 PM.
    Backup completed on 9/29/2007 at 11:45 AM.
    Directories: 15533
    Files: 147523
    Bytes: 231,423,158,738
    Time:  13 hours,  17 minutes, and  16 seconds
    Backup of "GLENDOSERV\Microsoft Information Store\First Storage Group"
    Backup set #4 on media #1
    Backup description: "SBS Backup created on 9/28/2007 at 9:30 PM"
    Media name: "Small Business Server Backup (01).bkf created 9/28/2007 at 9:30 PM"
    
    Backup Type: Normal
    
    Backup started on 9/29/2007 at 11:45 AM.
    Backup completed on 9/29/2007 at 12:26 PM.
    Directories: 4
    Files: 6
    Bytes: 9,352,487,788
    Time:  40 minutes and  42 seconds
    Backup (via shadow copy) of "System State"
    Backup set #5 on media #1
    Backup description: "SBS Backup created on 9/28/2007 at 9:30 PM"
    Media name: "Small Business Server Backup (01).bkf created 9/28/2007 at 9:30 PM"
    
    Backup Type: Copy
    
    Backup started on 9/29/2007 at 12:26 PM.
    Backup completed on 9/29/2007 at 12:30 PM.
    Directories: 305
    Files: 2863
    Bytes: 621,143,992
    Time:  3 minutes and  52 seconds
    
    ----------------------
    
    Verify Status
    Operation: Verify After Backup
    Active backup destination: File
    Active backup destination: G:\Backup Files\Small Business Server Backup (01).bkf
    
    Verify of "C:"
    Backup set #1 on media #1
    Backup description: "SBS Backup created on 9/28/2007 at 9:30 PM"
    Verify started on 9/29/2007 at 12:30 PM.
    Verify completed on 9/29/2007 at 12:35 PM.
    Directories: 5159
    Files: 41325
    Different: 0
    Bytes: 7,790,753,768
    Time:  5 minutes and  20 seconds
    
    Verify of "D:"
    Backup set #2 on media #1
    Backup description: "SBS Backup created on 9/28/2007 at 9:30 PM"
    Verify started on 9/29/2007 at 12:35 PM.
    Verify completed on 9/29/2007 at 12:42 PM.
    Directories: 605
    Files: 8271
    Different: 0
    Bytes: 9,649,049,559
    Time:  6 minutes and  58 seconds
    
    Verify of "E:"
    Backup set #3 on media #1
    Backup description: "SBS Backup created on 9/28/2007 at 9:30 PM"
    Verify started on 9/29/2007 at 12:42 PM.
    Verify completed on 9/29/2007 at 4:49 PM.
    Directories: 15533
    Files: 147523
    Different: 0
    Bytes: 231,423,158,738
    Time:  4 hours,  7 minutes, and  9 seconds
    
    Verify of "GLENDOSERV\Microsoft Information Store\First Storage Group"
    Backup set #4 on media #1
    Backup description: "SBS Backup created on 9/28/2007 at 9:30 PM"
    Verify started on 9/29/2007 at 4:49 PM.
    Verify completed on 9/29/2007 at 5:02 PM.
    Directories: 4
    Files: 0
    Different: 0
    Bytes: 9,352,487,788
    Time:  12 minutes and  59 seconds
    
    Verify of "System State"
    Backup set #5 on media #1
    Backup description: "SBS Backup created on 9/28/2007 at 9:30 PM"
    Verify started on 9/29/2007 at 5:02 PM.
    Verify completed on 9/29/2007 at 5:03 PM.
    Directories: 305
    Files: 2863
    Different: 0
    Bytes: 621,143,992
    Time:  52 seconds
    
    ----------------------
    
    =======================<END NTBACKUP LOG FILE>=====================
    NTBackup finished the backup with no errors.
    Backup ended at Saturday, September 29, 2007 5:03 PM
    Backup Runner finished.
    Last edited by noRulez43; 1st October 2007, 22:01.

  • #2
    Re: Backup is taking forever.

    Actually it is your E: drive with~230GB which took the 13+ hours.
    You don't state how your disks are connected. Make sure they are at least USB2 or , if NAS, gigabit Ethernet.
    TIA

    Steven Teiger [SBS-MVP(2003-2009)]
    http://www.wintra.co.il/
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    • #3
      Re: Backup is taking forever.

      Sorry, it is connected via USB2.

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      • #4
        Re: Backup is taking forever.

        Check out all connections are USB2 end to end as this is more like USB1 speed!
        TIA

        Steven Teiger [SBS-MVP(2003-2009)]
        http://www.wintra.co.il/
        sigpic
        Iím honoured to have been selected for the SMB 150 list for 2013. This is the third time in succession (no logo available for 2011) that I have been honoured with this award.

        We donít stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.

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        • #5
          Re: Backup is taking forever.

          This is the drive: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...7165&CatId=136

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          • #6
            Re: Backup is taking forever.

            I'm running a similar backup strategy. Using USB2 and identical backup disks. I see similar speeds.

            ~130GB takes about 8-9hrs.

            My enclosures have eSATA so I may move to that to see if the speed increases. My drives, server, and cables are all USB2.

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            • #7
              Re: Backup is taking forever.

              I have a Dell poweredge 2900. Can anyone recommend anything to speed this up whether it be purchasing hardware or anything else?

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              • #8
                Re: Backup is taking forever.

                Sorry to bring up this old post. Changed to a new server with admittedly faster drives. Anyway, the faster drives in combination with eSata cut my backup time dramatically.

                Formerly: Raid5, 3xSata 7200rpm drives backing up to single 500gb drive over USB2. ~130GB = ~10hrs (usually longer)

                Currently: Raid5, 3x SAS 15k rpm drives backup up to same 500gb drive over eSATA. ~130GB = <4hrs. Now the catch here is to be sure to get a PCI-E x8 eSata controller NOT an x1 and be sure your drives and enclosure can handle SataII 3G.

                Also note this is using the Windows Built in backup utility which from what I understand isn't the quickest program on the planet.

                NoRulez: I moved to a 2900 also. Pretty nice machine for very little money. Dual Quads Rock!

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