SBS 2003 - trying to make this work right with NTBackup, and get it running optimally...
Trying to get email notifications of failures... Ok got this working as well. I had to go into the Health Monitor (under Administrative Tools...) and change the SMTP server from LOCALHOST to a the real domain name for my server (something like mail.domain.com). I also re-ran the Set Up Monitoring and Reports Wizrd and used the domain users' names (instead of the full email addresses). So in my case instead of email@example.com, I just used gsmith.
I've just started to try some of these improvements, and my back times have been *significantly* reduced.
- I modified bkprunner.exe with XVI32.exe (free binary editor).
- I modified the Registry hive for SBS Backup User
I think that was it. Huge improvement.