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Backing up files in use?

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Cain
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Backing up files in use?

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I use SBP to back up my work server to an offsite NAS.

Is it OK to be running a backup, while people have a file open, say a document in word or AutoCAD?

Until now I've only run backups late at night, but that bit me when our server failed at 7PM one day, losing everything done that day.

TIA for any help.
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Re: Backing up files in use?

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Shouldn't be able problem. Worst case if a file is locked by someone using it, you may not be able to back that file up and it'll log as an error.
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Re: Backing up files in use?

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and I'm pretty sure there is an option somewhere in SBPro that will let you copy locked or open files.
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Re: Backing up files in use?

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Thank you! I need to look for that option.
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Re: Backing up files in use?

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It will try by default, though whether it will succeed 'depends' (see also the relevant Help section - search Help on 'locked' > top hit). There is an option not to try / switch it off (e.g. in case Windows' VSS gives BSODs) in

Modify -> Expert -> Copy/Delete -> Advanced -> 'Do not use the Volume Shadow Copy service (VSS) to copy open files''

Note: do not confuse this issue with 'Access Denied'' errors (there is also a KB article on that), if any. That is an entirely different concept, nothing to do with 'open/in-use/locked' (though a file can be locked and 'denied' at the same time, but the causes are different)


(BTW, I have no experience on WSE 2012 R2, so can't help on your other current thread)
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