Have you got root on the NAS... could it be hacked to support linux's ntfs drivers?
Sure you can;t send the damn things back? I would give it a try.
How about use robocopy/server 08 backup to do the backup to a share, USB or local disk, and then script it so that it moves the file to the NAS over CIFS/SMB?
Or do a robocopy /mir to the CIFS drive and then do a directory rename to change it to a dated backup or something like that.
Or invest in BackupExec. :)
Can you tell it not to backup permissions? This is the key thing you would lose with a non-NTFS volume and maybe it would work if you turn that off.
Alternatively, as @j17sparky says, use robocopy - nice and easy to understand and it works :-)
try the demo version of macrium it backs up easily (ass long as you have vss working 100% and ive got a script to fix that) and to but its cheap (iirc about £40) it just works and im using it to back up to various and sundry nas boxes no problems
Ah another idea
Are you familiar with truecrypt? You could create a truecrypt container file on the server and format the file as NTFS. Then map the file on the server using Truecypt.
Anyone who knows what i mean can you explain better please?
That's a fair plan. Wonder if there's something else that'd allow access to a hard-file... run vmware etc with the "disk" on there... hmm.
Originally Posted by FN-GM
wild shot and completely untested... what about trying to map the NAS as a link within a DFS root that is ntfs?
Thanks for all the suggestions guys.
I did have a big panic on there but I have found a work around that won't cause me sleepless nights.
Our backup software backupassist has an add on that I already had but didn't know I had!
It emulates the old NTBACKUP way of doing backups file by file, folder by folder.
I'm going to run a system backup to my old TeraStation NAS boxes and backup the rest of the data onto the BlackArmor NAS boxes with the add on I didn't know about.
If I had a chance to start again I'd just buy Buffalo terastations.
Live and Learn. :)