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    I was regularly taking back up of a local drive/disk of windows 2012 file server in external hard disk with the help of windows backup and restore utility. One day my server by which I was taking the back up crashed. Fortunately I'd another file server of same configuration running windows 2012 server but when I'm trying to restore the backed up data on my external hard disk to the new server, the restoration wizard doesn't move further at step where we can expand the backup image and select files and folder to restore. There's no error but the Next button is not highlighting here. What's d advantage of taking the backup if we can't restore the backed up data by another server having same hardware and software configuration. Please help .

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    Dear Server Expert,

    We are using windows server 2012 standard. Currently, I would like to create s schedule of backup, however the windows backup schedule is very limited in options. May I know whether any options:

    1. to configure full or incremental backup daily, weekly, etc

    2. send email notifications after backup done.



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    Hey guys,

    I've got a very low post count on this account, and I'm back again for another VSS issue.

    We have a client server out in the wild using Arcserve Backup Manager for bare metal server backups. Recently, it's been getting to about 60%, then causing a system reboot. None of us have witnessed the event in person, but I can only imagine it's a BSOD and a reboot.

    The reason I suspect it's a VSS issue (and not an Arcserve issue) is because we tested using Windows Server Backup as well, and we get the same result - this is based on Arcserve's suggestion. As soon as we suspend the schedule, the server never randomly reboots.

    The only thing I can find in the event logs so far is:

    Event 41: The system has rebooted without cleanly shutting down first. This error could be caused if the system stopped responding, crashed, or lost power unexpectedly.

    Every time I've run "vssadmin list writers", I get no errors.

    Has anyone experienced similar behavior, or perhaps have any suggestions?

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    Event ID 517

    No specific error only the above. Also try windows event id 517 but nothing happening.

    Windows server 2008 r2 with SP1. Failing while taking backup by third party tool or windows backup utility.

    Checked VSS writers are fine.

    Able to take volume snapshot.

    Error code '2147942487' (One or more arguments are invalid). Please review the event details for a solution, and then rerun the backup operation once the issue is resolved.

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    Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials running in VirtualBox in a Windows 7 host. Networking is configured and works fine.


    My only backup needs are to copy the contents of two folders to a NAS folder every day at 2 AM.

    I configured a backup schedule in Windows Server Backup (wbadmin) to a network location which is hosted as a Samba share on a Synology NAS.

    For authentication, I created a backup user which has the same username and password as a user on the Samba share, with permission to read and write the backup folder. I added this user to the Backup Operators group.


    When I try to run the Backup Once operation to test my backup, I get the following error message:

    "Windows Backup cannot read the backup destination."

    What I've tried:

    I verified that the location is directly accessible in Windows by copying and pasting the address from the Windows Server Backup destination into explorer. Providing the backup user credentials opened the location and creating/reading files worked fine.

    Adding the backup user to the Administrators group did not have an effect.

    Update 2014-02-18

    I checked the backup destination and was surprised to find that the scheduled backup actually completes successfully.However, Backup Once always results in the above error message. So the problem is confined to the "Backup Once" operation.

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    Hi All,

    May I know Windows Server 2000 can support HP LTO-5 Ultrium 3000 SAS External Tape orHP LTO-6 Ultrium 6250 SAS External Tape Drive or not? I currently using LTO 4, considering to change LTO5 or LTO6. 

    Thank you. 

    Soon Siang

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    dear sir, 

    i have take back up in server 2012r2 on the same server D:\ driver.  i take testing backup six time and i wand to delete one by one back with use the wbadmin cmd..... but not backup delete on the d:\ driver.... i written this cmd . and guide me whats wrong with me....

    C:\administrator>wbadmin delete systemstatebackup -version:6/3/2016-11:59 -keepversions:1 -backuptarget:D:

    But there is no any delete backup

    what is the rite "statement"

    plese send also me reply on my email address



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    I am wanting to copy certain folders containing project data to external USB Drives (3TB) and store offsite.

    Our server is running Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard and the workstations Windows 7 Professional 64-bit.

    In the unlikely event that the server crashes, (we use workstations with Cad software installed) I am wanting to be able to connect the drive to a workstation and transfer the necessary files to allow work to proceed on a project until the server is back up.  So far I have copied data to the external drive but when connecting to the PC it doesn't recognize it.  I see it in Device Manager but not showing up in Windows Explorer.

    Any suggestions?  You can probably tell that I am just learning about Windows Server.  We are a small company and I have been asked to implement this offsite backup scheme.  I want to just copy files manually and not use software.  I would rotate two external drives on a weekly basis.

    I really appreciate any assistance and please take it easy on the noobie.

    Thanks again.

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    We had working in Windows 2008 Server Enterprise 64 bits the Windows Server Backup and was working perfect. Then we made the upgrade to Windows 2008 Server Enterprise 64 bits R2 after tht when we want to create a backup it stops giving the error 2155347997. Trying to fix we did this first:


    We ran the GetInvalidPathsv2.ps1 and only detect instances of  "The service path contains spaces, the whole path needs to be enclosed using double quotes"

    We have other server with Windows 2008 Enterprise NOT R2  and gives identical instances but Windows Server Backup works there.

    Now what could be happening after the upgrade to Windows Server R2 why not run there? Before the update in Windows NOT R2 works fine just after the upgrade to R2 began the problem. Also we tried these 2 scripts running from a .bat without luck:

    Takeown /f %windir%\winsxs\temp\PendingRenames /a icacls %windir%\winsxs\temp\PendingRenames /grant "NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM:(RX)"icacls %windir%\winsxs\temp\PendingRenames /grant "NT Service\trustedinstaller:(F)"icacls %windir%\winsxs\temp\PendingRenames /grant BUILTIN\Users:(RX)Takeown /f %windir%\winsxs\filemaps\* /a icacls %windir%\winsxs\filemaps\*.* /grant "NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM:(RX)"icacls %windir%\winsxs\filemaps\*.* /grant "NT Service\trustedinstaller:(F)"icacls %windir%\winsxs\filemaps\*.* /grant BUILTIN\Users:(RX)net stop cryptsvcnet start cryptsvc

    and this other also:

    REM  Set ACLs correct for System WriterREM  *************************************Takeown /f %windir%\winsxs\filemaps /aicacls %windir%\winsxs\filemaps  /grant "NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM:(RX)"icacls %windir%\winsxs\filemaps  /grant "NT Service\trustedinstaller:(F)"icacls %windir%\winsxs\filemaps  /grant "BUILTIN\Users:(RX)"icacls %windir%\winsxs\filemaps  /grant "Administratoren:(RX)"Takeown /f %windir%\winsxs\filemaps\* /aicacls %windir%\winsxs\filemaps\*.*  /grant "NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM:(RX)"icacls %windir%\winsxs\filemaps\*.*  /grant "NT Service\trustedinstaller:(F)"icacls %windir%\winsxs\filemaps\*.*  /grant "BUILTIN\Users:(RX)"icacls %windir%\winsxs\filemaps\*.*  /grant "Administrators:(RX)"Takeown /f %windir%\winsxs\temp\PendingRenames /aicacls %windir%\winsxs\temp\PendingRenames  /grant "Administrators:(RX)"icacls %windir%\winsxs\temp\PendingRenames /grant "NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM:(RX)"icacls %windir%\winsxs\temp\PendingRenames /grant "NT Service\trustedinstaller:(F)"icacls %windir%\winsxs\temp\PendingRenames /grant "BUILTIN\Users:(RX)"Takeown /f %windir%\winsxs\temp\PendingRenames\*.* /aicacls %windir%\winsxs\temp\PendingRenames\*.*  /grant "Administrators:(RX)"icacls %windir%\winsxs\temp\PendingRenames\*.* /grant "NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM:(RX)"icacls %windir%\winsxs\temp\PendingRenames\*.* /grant "NT Service\trustedinstaller:(F)"icacls %windir%\winsxs\temp\PendingRenames\*.* /grant "BUILTIN\Users:(RX)"REM  Restart the Cryptographic ServicesREM  **********************************net stop cryptsvc &;& net start cryptsvc

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    Dear Server Expert,

    We have Physical server running windows server 2012 and I actually scheduling it to backup the Hyper V VMs that resides in this server that running windows server 2008 R2. Recently, I found that my backup is always failed with the error. Have checked the shared drive permission, but the issue still persist. I don't have issue last month. the error message is below:

    please advise.


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    I have a brand new 2008R2 SP1 server (Domain Controller) where I try to make SystemState backup. Backup seems to work fine, but I can not delete oldest.
    I'm uncertain if I do have a valid SS backup.


    I take backup with this command:

    C:\>wbadmin start systemstatebackup -backuptarget:D:
    wbadmin 1.0 - Backup command-line tool
    (C) Copyright 2004 Microsoft Corp.

    Starting to back up the system state [04-08-2011 08:45]...
    Retrieving volume information...
    This will back up the system state from volume(s) Local Disk(EFI System Partitio
    n) (200.00 MB),C-OS(C:) to D:.
    Do you want to start the backup operation?
    [Y] Yes [N] No y

    Creating a shadow copy of the volumes specified for backup...
    Creating a shadow copy of the volumes specified for backup...
    Windows Server Backup is updating the backup for deleted items.
    This might take a few minutes.
    Found (96) files.
    Found (13207) files.
    Found (29482) files.
    Found (39566) files.
    Found (78588) files.
    Found (79088) files.
    The search for system state files is complete.
    Starting to back up files...
    The backup of files reported by 'Task Scheduler Writer' is complete.
    The backup of files reported by 'VSS Metadata Store Writer' is complete.
    The backup of files reported by 'Performance Counters Writer' is complete.
    Overall progress: 1%.
    Currently backing up files reported by 'System Writer'...
     - continuing to 100% -

    Summary of the backup operation:

    The backup of the system state successfully completed [04-08-2011 08:59].
    Log of files successfully backed up:


    If I check the backup with "Get Versions", I get this:


    C:\>wbadmin get versions
    wbadmin 1.0 - Backup command-line tool
    (C) Copyright 2004 Microsoft Corp.

    Backup time: 30-07-2011 21:00
    Backup target: Fixed Disk labeled D:
    Version identifier: 07/30/2011-19:00
    Can recover: Volume(s), File(s), Application(s), System State
    Snapshot ID: {6f4f38c8-3d3c-4e9f-87fb-d7cdb9c13c59}
     - several other backups-

    Backup time: 04-08-2011 08:45
    Backup target: Fixed Disk labeled D:
    Version identifier: 08/04/2011-06:45
    Can recover: Volume(s), File(s), Application(s), System State
    Snapshot ID: {ae749899-447f-4c6d-b2d3-06c2f1816541}


    So far everything seems ok.
    But when I try to delete the oldest backup, things look weired:


    C:\wbadmin delete systemstatebackup -deleteOldest
    wbadmin 1.0 - Backup command-line tool
    (C) Copyright 2004 Microsoft Corp.

    Enumerating system state backups...
    ERROR - No system state backups were found.
    This command can be used to delete backups that only contain the system state.


    If I try with -keepversions, I get same result:


    C:\>wbadmin delete systemstatebackup -keepversions:1
    wbadmin 1.0 - Backup command-line tool
    (C) Copyright 2004 Microsoft Corp.

    Enumerating system state backups...
    ERROR - No system state backups were found.
    This command can be used to delete backups that only contain the system state.


    So do I have a valid Systemstate backup ?
    And can I trust I can use it to recover if needed, since it says "No system state backups were found" ?
    And why can't I delete the oldest backup ?


    - Duelund

    Best regards,

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    "Volume Shadow Copy Service error: Unexpected error calling routine Unexpected error: dwIndex out of scope 12 1169150512.  hr = 0x8000ffff, Catastrophic failure

       OnIdentify event
       Gathering Writer Data

       Execution Context: Shadow Copy Optimization Writer
       Writer Class Id: {4dc3bdd4-ab48-4d07-adb0-3bee2926fd7f}
       Writer Name: Shadow Copy Optimization Writer
       Writer Instance ID: {eeb9563c-73af-43eb-b18b-c9070c245875}   "

    I want to know the cause for this event. I checked the whole event log and couldn't find the reason for this.

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    Hi there I am trying to find an solution to a dilemma that may or may not be feasible to attempt to resolve. Kind of like reinventing the wheel. I am trying to put together a machine I can use to backup my clients systems. I realize that there are numerous online backup companies/sites out there that could do what I want for very cheap, however cost is not really the factor. Most of these inexpensive backup sites don't allow for unlimited backups or versioning of backups for any length of time, as a local backup does, rather they count individual completed backup sessions.  So for instance if they backup your pc once that counts as a session and if you backup daily after a week that counts for 7 sessions. Most online backup solutions will save anywhere from 5-15 sessions, which means if you client doesn't become aware of the error, or catch the deleted or overwritten file within that time span they are SOL and if you recommended the service or are associated as a partner to the backup service then you don't look or smell very nice to your client. I know these online vendors have thousands of clients and this has everything to do with space limitations that is why I wish to setup my own device especially with drive size and pricing being what they are. I have a small client base maybe 20 companies and probably a total of 5 TB of data between them. I have a fiber optic internet connection with 100/100 up/down and most of my clients have similar or at the very least cable connections of 5-10 up/down. Can anyone recommend a solution in a box or lead me in the right direction that would allow me to setup a backup server that will allow remote backup access to my system. Preferably one that uses the built in backup client software that comes with windows. Like I said I may be trying to reinvent the wheel but for the safety of important data, I and my clients would feel better if we knew exactly where our data resided who has access to it and if necessary we could restore a file at least a year back. The backup would consist of individual files and folders, like QuickBooks company files, word and excel files, videos, music etc.. no SQL databases, no VM's or the like, strictly data no pc system images because of time and size constraints, unless it is possible or feasible to create the initial backup locally and import it to the server and then generate incremental backups afterwards. Please if possible help me re-invent the wheel.

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    I am trying to use command for some specifics reasons to back up 4 servers to a network location.  I created a local account on the server that needs to be backed up and on the server that hosts the backup location and gave it admin rights.  But when I run it I get an error saying "The user name or password is invalid".

    If I run the same command and replace the credentials with a domain credentials that has admin rights it works.

    wbadmin enable backup -addtarget:$backuplocation -schedule:00:30 -include:"c:,d:" -systemState -allCritical -vssFull -quiet -user:computer_name\man_backup -password:Password


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    I am backing up to a mounted iSCSI drive. The drive is dedicated to server backups My question is why do I need to have ANY space devoted to shadow copies on this volume? Making shadow copies of the backups means I'm making shadow copies of the shadow copies on the server drives, doesn't it? What purpose does this serve, and can I disable this behavior?

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    Hello All,

    I have a HP server that I have just installed Server 2012 standard, SQL Server 2012 and Sharepoint 2013.

    When I try to take bare metal backup I get the error: "The system writer is missing", I have tried the backup as the local admin and domain admin.

    The backup will only work if I decide to back up C:, once I select "Bare Metal" or "System State" the backup fails.

    I have tried this solution: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc734021.aspx but have not had any luck yet.

    When I run the command "vssadmin list writers" I can not see "System Writer" listed.

    How can I add/turn on the System Writer?

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    I've got a server running Server 2012 R2 Standard with a 21TB volume that I need to backup. Unfortunately it appears that WSB isn't capable of backing up a volume of this size. I've searched and have not been able to find any definite volume limit in the documentation.

    Has anyone else run into this?



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    This may be a question for Windows Backup; however, I feel it relates to the Hyper-V more. I recent migrated over all of our company's servers to virtualized instances running on a single 2012r2 standard host. Using the build-in Windows Server Backup utility, I created a backup-set for all four servers (1 SBS 2011 server and three supporting application servers). At one point later on, I needed to restore the SBS 2011 server from backup after a failed Exchange rollup. I restored the server to an alternate location and all is now running fine.

    When I went to review my backup sets after running the Exchange Best Practice analyzer and having it report that there has not been a database backup in weeks. Windows Server Backup reports the newly restored SBS2011 server as being "offline"; however, it is not. It is running as it should and accepting requests as usual. I attempted to delete the backup schedule and recreate the set; however, Server Backup still thinks this server is "offline". This has me a bit worried as now either my Exchange is not recognizing that it is being backed up and transaction logs are not being written back or, worse yet, my virtual server is actually not being backed up at all.

    Can anyone assist me with this issue?

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    When performing bare metal backup on windows server 2012 r2 machine using WBadmin I receive

    A virtual disk support provider for the specified file was not found.   and the backup fails.

    The target hdd is a 1TB external USB device. 

    I have applied the suggested fix from MedicalS in this forum ie

    Please test to change the FsDepends service to "boot" and see the result. If issue persists you could simply change it back:

    Find this key:


    Under the "FsDepends" key, change REG_DWORD value "Start" from "3" to "0"

    and rebooted but the problem persists.

    Help any advice welcome !!!

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