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    I noticed our few windows 2008 r2 servers are taking at least 8 to 10 hours to finish system state backup. It was started last month. Not sure why it is taking such long time to complete.

    It is just a system state backup.  There is no indication in a log file or any error in the system state log file.

    any idea!!

    Thanks for help in adv.

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    Hello All
    We have Windows Server 2012 running at our office with Hyper-V and we are (trying) to use windows backup service to take regular backups of our server .  I'd like to mention that I installed Ubuntu on a Hyper-v vm sometime back and have been receiving errors ever since. I have however removed it from hyper-v and have deleted the vhd file as well but still no luck in getting a successful backup. Please advise.

    I've already tried a backup command like this:
    wbadmin start backup -include:c:\ -backuptarget:x:\
    And all the errors/logs  are here: http://sdrv.ms/1bNEyUE

    Also , I have attached the vssadmin list here which I took when no backup operation was going on.
    FILE LINK-> http://sdrv.ms/136F3Td
    For Ubuntu, how do we remove it from the registry?

     Any help is much appreciated.


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    I'm using Windows 2008 R2 Foundation SP1 server with some roles running on it. Since yesterday I'm having an issue with Kernel-EventTracing/Admin Event ID 2 error:

    "Session "WbadminUIInBuiltTracing" failed to start with the following error: 0xC0000035"

    Everytime when I open Windows Server Backup this error logs into Error log. 

    I've found this thread http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsserver/en-US/02ac2078-ac0e-48d1-b3db-3f2e76319afb/session-wbadmininbuilttracing-failed-to-start-with-the-following-error-0xc0000035 in which  similar error is descriped (with reply that is harmless error). But it's a different session (WbadminUIBuiltTracing x WbadminBuilTracing) so I'm asking if is this harmless too?

    What causes this error? Any ideas?


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    I use a combination of backup methods on our server, including Windows Server Backup.  I noticed a couple of months back that it started including a volume other than the system volume as a part of a system recovery backup.  I can't for the life of me figure out what caused this.

    In looking through the content of the drive, the only folders actively used on the drive are ones that were setup as sites in IIS.  These were only for testing purposes, so I have removed the folders as well as any references to them in IIS.

    So as it stands, nothing should be actively referenced on this drive, yet Windows Backup still says that it contains system recovery info.  What am I missing?



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    Hello All,

    I have a new Dell NX400 NAS server running Windows Storage Server 2012.

    I am attempting to use Windows Backup. I am backing up to an alternating pair of Seagate 4TB external USB drives.

    I can run a full one-time bare metal and data backup with no problem at all, and it will update a previous backup already on the disk... Works every time.

    The problem is, I cannot do a scheduled backup. I can create a scheduled backup and it will run the first time, every time. But then, the next day when it tries to run again, it fails. The error message (more or less) says the disk is not available... although I can see that the disk is mounted and I can access it through Explorer.

    If I go to the disk and delete everything on it, then the scheduled backup will run the next time.

    Now, I don't mind starting a backup when I leave the office each day... but this seems really silly. What's the point of creating a scheduled backup when it only works once?

    What am I missing?

    Thanks! -Kevin

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    I am running Server 2012 Std, PowerEdge 2900 III, 16GB ram, multiple RAID 5 arrays w/ 10K SAS. Its an older server, but RAM is utilization is less than 50%, CPU is 8-12% (1 core flat out is 25%).

    Windows Server backups to a 7.2K external sata disk have a throughput of just above 50MBps, 2 VMs. Not horribly slow, but less than half of what I see on a straight up file transfer to an identical external disk.

    Is this a normal speed, or might there be somewhere I can optimize further?

    Additional Info:

    • Shadow Copy size limits are set to 1GB per volume on host, no previous versions. (When set to 10% of volume or no limit, the backups would stall out on larger volumes: after a period of time VM response would go to nil, host response extremely slow, noticed that shadow copy size on current volume was growing extremely large--70GB and counting on 1TB of data with essentially zero VM disk activity during the backup. The only way to recover was a hard reboot of the host or setting the shadow copy size to a small amount--presumably forcing the shadow copy to stop/error out.)
    • Shadow Copy size limits on VMs are default, default previous versions.
    • Backup performance on host set to Normal. I.E. Does not use shadow copy to track changes between backups.
    • Backup selection is set to the default "full." So the VMs are selected to backup via child VSS, AND the host volumes containing the VHDX disk are selected.

    As an aside, I read that if a host volume ONLY contains VHDX disks of VMs it does not need to be included in the host backup selection. Is that correct?

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    Hello All

    1) Phisical Domain Controller Windows Server 2008R2 Sp1 have Shema, Domain, PDC, RID, Infrastructure Master role

    2) Virtual Domain Controller Windows Server 2008R2 Sp1 have NTP Services

    The NTP server are on Domain Controller that is not PDC

    may be problem in this?

    Must NTP run on PDC?

    C:\Users\S>w32tm /query /configuration /verbose

    EventLogFlags: 2 (Local)
    AnnounceFlags: 10 (Local)
    TimeJumpAuditOffset: 28800 (Local)
    MinPollInterval: 6 (Local)
    MaxPollInterval: 10 (Local)
    MaxNegPhaseCorrection: 172800 (Local)
    MaxPosPhaseCorrection: 172800 (Local)
    MaxAllowedPhaseOffset: 300 (Local)

    FrequencyCorrectRate: 4 (Local)
    PollAdjustFactor: 5 (Local)
    LargePhaseOffset: 50000000 (Local)
    SpikeWatchPeriod: 900 (Local)
    LocalClockDispersion: 10 (Local)
    HoldPeriod: 5 (Local)
    PhaseCorrectRate: 7 (Local)
    UpdateInterval: 100 (Local)

    FileLogName:  (Undefined or NotUsed)
    FileLogEntries:  (Undefined or NotUsed)
    FileLogSize: 0 (Undefined or NotUsed)
    FileLogFlags: 0 (Undefined or NotUsed)


    NtpClient (Local)
    DllName: C:\Windows\system32\w32time.dll (Local)
    Enabled: 1 (Local)
    InputProvider: 1 (Local)
    CrossSiteSyncFlags: 2 (Local)
    AllowNonstandardModeCombinations: 1 (Local)
    ResolvePeerBackoffMinutes: 15 (Local)
    ResolvePeerBackoffMaxTimes: 7 (Local)
    CompatibilityFlags: 2147483648 (Local)
    EventLogFlags: 1 (Local)
    LargeSampleSkew: 3 (Local)
    SpecialPollInterval: 3600 (Local)
    Type: NT5DS (Local)
    NtpServer:  (Undefined or NotUsed)

    NtpServer (Local)
    DllName: C:\Windows\system32\w32time.dll (Local)
    Enabled: 1 (Local)
    InputProvider: 0 (Local)
    AllowNonstandardModeCombinations: 1 (Local)
    EventLogFlags: 0 (Undefined or NotUsed)

    VMICTimeProvider (Local)
    DllName: C:\Windows\System32\vmictimeprovider.dll (Local)
    Enabled: 1 (Local)
    InputProvider: 1 (Local)

    We try backup virtual server(ESX 5.0)

    There are errors On Domain Controller 

     Event Id 142 The time service has stopped advertising as a time source because the local clock is not synchronized.

    Today some clients have errosr  

    The system time was changed.

    Security ID: SYSTEM
    Account Name: S67$
    Account Domain:SAP-ABB
    Logon ID: 0x3e7

    Process Information:
    Process ID: 0x6c4
    Name:C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\vmtoolsd.exe (Указывает какой процесс вызвал изменения)

    Previous Time:‎2013‎-‎08‎-‎07T23:11:22.258553300Z
    New Time:‎2013‎-‎08‎-‎07T23:20:22.313000000Z

    This event is generated when the system time is changed. It is normal for the Windows Time Service, which runs with System privilege, to change the system time on a regular basis. Other system time changes may be indicative of attempts to tamper with the computer.

     9:16:33 am 08.08.2013
    The system time was changed.

    Security ID: LOCAL SERVICE
    Account Name: LOCAL SERVICE
    Account Domain:NT AUTHORITY
    Logon ID: 0x3e5

    Process Information:
    Process ID: 0x390

    Previous Time:‎2013‎-‎08‎-‎08T05:25:31.982552500Z
    New Time:‎2013‎-‎08‎-‎08T05:16:33.758082800Z

    This event is generated when the system time is changed. It is normal for the Windows Time Service, which runs with System privilege, to change the system time on a regular basis. Other system time changes may be indicative of attempts to tamper with the computer.

    System log

     3:20:22 am 08.08.2013
    The system time has changed to ‎2013‎-‎08‎-‎07T23:20:22.313000000Z from ‎2013‎-‎08‎-‎07T23:11:22.258553300Z.

    How can we fix it? Can anybody help?

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    I'm trying to backup my AD using the wbadmin but I'm getting an error. My server is a Windows Server 2008 R2.

    The command: "wbadmin start systemstatebackup -backuptarget:e:"

    The answer: 

    ERRO - Erro na operação do Serviço de Cópias de Sombra de Volume (0x800423f4)
    Erro não transitório no gravador. Se o processo de backup for repetido, o erro provavelmente ocorrerá de novo.

    -------------------------------------------------- ------------------
    ERROR - Error in the operation of the Service Volume Shadow Copy (0x800423f4)
    Error not transient recorder. If the backup process is retried, the error is likely to occur again.
    -------------------------------------------------- ------------------

    Does anyone know how to fix it?


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    I just want to point out a bug in the Windows Server Backup application.

    When using a date format such as Australian (DD/MM/YY), when you open the Backup details list, it has the date format as DD/MM/YY but it sorts the list as if the date was MM/DD/YY.

    I couldn't attach image because my account isn't verified.

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    HI All,

     I'm backing up SQL Database files into a local server and each one got the Folder.

     So i need a script go through these folders and delete backup files older than 7 days?

     I'm using WINSCP command to get the files may be can delete from here?

    option batch on

    option confirm off
    open sftp@DMZSQL
    option transfer binary
    get /* D:\SQL\*


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    I am running backup of a Windows 2008 R2 server by rotating 4 disks – always 2 are out of the office.

    Now one of the discs has broken and been replaced. I now want to remove / delete the broken disc from the “Destination” disc list.

    I have looked into the command “wbadmin enable backup [-removetarget:<BackupTargetDisk>]” but as I can see this command
    needs the backup disk to be connected to the server? (in the help info it is listed: “
    Requires you to specify the location as a
    disk identifier” – which I think means it has to be connected to get the disk identifier?)
    I am looking for a command that let me use ex. “serverName 2013_08_09_10:00 Disk_03” as parameter for removing the disk.
    Hopefully this is possible?

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    Our IT support company have us running two backup methods, one on-line and the other to local USB drives.

    The USB options are actioned by the in-built Windows Server Backup utility.

    The reason for the post is to determine how reliable a backup method this is for our Exchange box and DC and whether the backup is configured correctly.

    The servers concerned are:

    Physical box 1 with Windows 2008 R2 Standard and Exchange 2010 .

    The parameters reported for backup of this device are..  Bare Metal Recovery, System State, System Reserve, Exchange D:, Local disk C:.  Advanced Option: VSS Copy Backup

    Physical box 2 with Windows 2008 R2 Standard running Hyper-V and hosting a single virtual Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard server acting as DC and F/P server.

    The parameters reported for backup of this device are..  Bare Metal Recovery, System State, System C:, System D:.  Advanced Option: VSS Full Backup

    The questions are... Do the parameters appear correct to allow restore of the physical box 1 and Exchange?

    Do the parameters appear correct to allow restore of the physical box 2 and the hosted virtual server?

    I have read articles which express concerns over "snapshot" backups of virtual servers.  Does the Windows server backup software constitute the "snapshot" type backup method?  If so, and this is considered unsuitable, what alternatives should I consider (bearing in mind this is our backup backup IYSWIM)?



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    How do I completely synchronize a roaming user profile? I am running a server machine loaded with Windows Server 2008 R2 64 bit, and am using a client machine with Windows 7 Professional 64 bit. I have assigned permissions with my domain user profiles so that they can have full access to edit and access their user profile and I have redirected their personal folders to a share on my server computer. I have also given them full access rights to their OWN folder in the redirected folder. So how do I synchronize their profile?

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    I originally posted this question in the General forum but was recommended to post here instead, so here goes:

    I am having problems trying to test a DR bare metal restore of a physical Windows 2008 R2 Server to a Vmware Virtual machine. For DR recovery testing reasons. We have successfully used this process for recovering Server 2003 servers but are having no luck with carrying out the procedure from a windows 2008 R2 Server.

    We use Arcserve for our backups which do a simple volume and system state backup and I am using this for the restore testing. It would be difficult for me to move backup solutions as we have many servers.

    What happens is I build a Virtual Windows 2008 Server with the same Service Pack and Volume sizes as the physical server I want to restore, carry out a restore volumes and System state (I can successfully use this procedure for 2003 Servers)

    On restarting the VM I get:

     “Windows failed to Start” 0x00000e The boot selection failed because a required device in inaccessible

    I have tried loading the command prompt from the repair option and doing the following:

    Using Bootrec / RebuildBCD, Bootrec  /FixMBR, Bootrec /Fixxboot

    Using sfc / scannow

    I have also tried using bcedit to set the boot manager and boot loader locations all with no luck.

    I have also tried this tip from Mark Minasi:
    1.Have a file level and system state backup performed with your backup software ( NetBackup was used) of the physical box
    2.Build a new 2008 R2 VM using default hardware  and name it the same as the box you are restoring (make sure to have VMtools installed)
    3.Perform a file level restore from your backup solution to the new VM
    4.Perform a system state restore to the server
    5.Reboot to Windows Recovery CD
    6.Cancel Auto repair if it starts
    7.Click “Command Prompt Link”
    8.Type regedit and press enter
    9.Single click HKLM
    10.Click File>Load Hive
    11.Navigate to D:\Windows\System32\Config
    12.Double Click System
    13.Type VMRestore as key name
    14.Navigate to HLKM\VMRestore\ControlSet001\Services\LSI_SAS
    15.Right click the Start key and click Modify
    16.Change Value Data: to 0 and click OK
    17.Highlight the HKLM\VMRestore click single clicking on VMRestore in the tree structure
    18.Click File>Unload Hive>Yes
    19.Exit Registry Editor
    20.Exit command prompt
    21.Click Restart
    22.You should now boot into the OS.

    So far what ever I do does not seem to resolve the issue. Any advice or pointers to articles would be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance


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    A few months ago I had problems with failed backups so I've been monitoring them closely (the usb drives were out of space). I'm using Windows Server Backup, the schedule is a full server backup daily and takes about 20 minutes, except for Fridays when it runs anywhere from 5 to 10 hours. The backup drive is the same and there is nothing unusual about Fridays that I know of. I'm wondering why it takes so long on Fridays or if something is not running properly the other days.

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    I am currently backing up a 2012 hyper-v server to an external USB drive using Windows Server Backup using the following:

    $FullBackup = New-WBPolicy
    Add-WBBareMetalRecovery –Policy $FullBackup
    $ExternalDisk = Get-WBDisk | Where-Object {$_.Properties –Like “*External*”}
    $BackupLocation = New-WBBackupTarget –Disk $ExternalDisk –Label “External”
    Add-WBBackupTarget –Policy $FullBackup –Target $BackupLocation
    Set-WBSchedule –Policy $FullBackup –Schedule 14:00, 03:00
    Set-WBPolicy –Policy $FullBackup

    The backup itself works fine and if I boot the server off of the OS disk I can restore the full server from the latest backup. However I would like to know if it's possible to restore a previous version of the backup (previous day, week, etc.) instead of just the most recent backup. If I run the command "get-wbsummary" there is a line for "number of versions". Currently that number is 14 and increases every time there is another backup. From this, is it possible to restore a previous version of the backup? Thank you all in advance for your help.

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    We have several smaller to midsized customers that have invested money in tape drives and tapes. They are using Symantec BackupExec on Server 2003 / 2008 and 2008 R2. Unfortunately, Symantec postponed Server 2012 support in their products  many times already. This fact costs us many business opportunities to upgrade infrastructures to Server 2012.

    DPM 2012 is good for larger customers, but less suited for smaller companies (and the DPM "philosophy change" of the backup procedures, compared to older tape based backup solutions is an obstacle as well.)

    So we are looking for EASY backup solutions that support tape drives and server 2012. The "perfect" product for us would be just a tape driver and an extension to the integrated Windows Server Backup that would allow to store backups on tapes, the same way that Windows Backup allows backups to network shared folders.

    Does anyone knows EASY backup software that provides this functionality? I'm also very interested in feedback from peoples that have successfully used such products on Server 2012 and are satisfied with them.

    Thank you all in advance for any help.


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  • 08/10/12--10:42: VSS NTDS Writer Failed
  • On one of my AD 2008 domain controllers the NTDS writer is in failed state.

    Writer name: 'NTDS'
       Writer Id: {b2014c9e-8711-4c5c-a5a9-3cf384484757}
       Writer Instance Id: {a0b40cc8-ded5-4497-b6dd-50f56de2dbe2}
       State: [11] Failed
       Last error: Non-retryable error

    This is Windows server 2008 STD 64 bit

    I'm trying to find out if there is a way to fix this WITHOUT rebooting my DC.  I tried restarting the VSS service.

    The cause of the failure was this.

    lsass (636) An attempt to write to the file "\\?\GLOBALROOT\Device\HarddiskVolumeShadowCopy9\Windows\NTDS\edb.log" at offset 6029824 (0x00000000005c0200) for 512 (0x00000200) bytes failed after 0 seconds with system error 19 (0x00000013): "The media is write protected. ".  The write operation will fail with error -1032 (0xfffffbf8).  If this error persists then the file may be damaged and may need to be restored from a previous backup.

    lsass (636) Unable to write to logfile \\?\GLOBALROOT\Device\HarddiskVolumeShadowCopy9\Windows\NTDS\edb.log. Error -1032 (0xfffffbf8).

    Any help is greatly appreciated!

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  • 08/12/13--15:01: Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Hi

    This question deals with Windows 8, Windows Surface RT and Windows Server 2008 R2.

    I am a IT Technician for a school and today we got some Surface RT 32GB tablets today 24 to be precise. Well we have a Windows Server 2003 R2 print server but we are going to get rid of it and Making our Windows Server 2008 R2 Server the print server. Does Windows Server 2008 R2 support Windows 8 and Surface RT in a update or is there a program to help it? We were going to go to Windows 7 but we decided to try out Windows 8 and Surface RT and if they work out how we hope then it will be a site wide project to upgrade our badly aging network. The 2008 R2 Server is very new and getting a 2012 server is the last thing we want to do. But I could try for a grant. But more than likely it would be shot down.

    This is very important!


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    I see one response here:


    But it makes no sense to me. Running that command doesn't do anything.

    How do I make the box stop graying out when setting up a backup with the GUI interface? This should be really simple I would think and for some reason the backup utility is graying out the "Do Not Inherit" option so I can backup to the NAS device that has access control enabled in order to backup to the NAS.

    Thanks in advance!

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