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04-Mar-2009, 03:09 PM #1
How can I password protect my Windows Backup Utility file?
Our XP Pro workstations back-up to our server using the Windows Backup Utility. I would like each user to be able to password protect their back-up files. Can anyone provide instructions on how to do this?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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04-Mar-2009, 03:56 PM #2
Are you sure they aren't already? I don't use that utility, but the backups need to be made under the user account, with its password, so I would assume that those permissions would also apply to the backup files if they are on NTFS volumes (but I'm guessing, and someone who uses it can tell you for sure). Have you tried accessing those files from another account?
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04-Mar-2009, 04:36 PM #3
Thank you Elvandil. I have tried to access other users files from an non-administrator account, and have been able to see the information.
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04-Mar-2009, 05:00 PM #4
That answers that.

Have you considered an different backup? Any imaging program allows passwords, like Acronis or Macrium. Yes, I understand that I'm suggesting a lot of possible work, so don't slap me. Just a thought.

I guess we'll need to wait for someone who has more experience with Windows Backup. But it seems to be a major security problem, so I can't imagine that it has no solution.

But, the /r switch in ntbackup.exe at least restricts access to the admin group or the owner. I'm not sure you can do better than that since it would be ridiculous to allow access to only the individual making the backup, considering how people are with passwords.
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04-Mar-2009, 11:21 PM #5
Setting up individual user shares with NTFS permissions would be a far better solution than trying to apply some type of password protection to a specific file. If the user forgets the password, the backup is toast. Not a good way to run a network.
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