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Microsoft KB Archive/103941

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Using Wildcards to Perform NT BACKUP

Article ID: 103941

Article Last Modified on 11/1/2006


  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1

This article was previously published under Q103941


Page 393 of the Windows NT "System Guide" and page 491 of the Windows NT Advanced Server "System Guide" incorrectly state that you can back up files using a wildcard for a specific directory. The example given is the following:



If you attempt to use the example above to back up all files with the .BAT extension, or attempt to use the wildcard approach to backing up files, you will receive the following error message:

Backup Error: No Files were selected for backup.


Information received from Conner Software indicates that support for backing up individual files and/or using wildcard strings for backing up files is not supported from the command line.

To back up individual files, you must use the NT Backup GUI interface application.

Additional query words: prodnt backup command wild card

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