In order to start Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Backup, you must log on to the target server using an account that has Administrator or Backup Operator privileges. If you log on using an account that does not have these privileges, you will be unable to back up the Active Directory configuration.
Start Windows Server 2003 Backup, which is available on the System Tools menu, and select the option to back up everything on your computer. Next, select the destination by browsing to a destination and entering a backup file name. This is where you can select an external backup device such as a tape array.
You can choose to overwrite or append to a backup set and other alternative choices. On completion of this operation, the server is successfully backed up.
If you are backing up a domain controller, when the Backup wizard finishes, the domain controller including the Active Directory and File Replication Service are completely backed up.
In a data center environment, a centralized disaster recovery-based system is used to back up the servers on the data floor and the domain controllers will be backed up to remote storage.
For more information about Windows Server 2003 Backup, see Backup Technical Reference.