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    Hi Folks,

    I am Nanda Kumar K P,

    In my environment am having PDC & BDC, with Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard OS installed on it, with Active Directory integrated DNS server role running.

    I am scheduling a Server Backup of System State, DNS to a Network Drive and prompt for Domain Administrator account for the confirmation. Till this steps i am able to do successfully, after this i am getting below error.

    After some search, i have found that this due to the policy "Network access: Do not allow storage of passwords and credentials for network authentication" enabled.

    If i Disable this policy, windows 7 domain user account frequently getting locked out.

    Please help me out on this, how i can take a backup of Domain Server System State Backup to Network Drive, with this policy enabled on the DC"OR" How can we prevent the Windows 7 User accont locked out, through Domain Controller.

    Thank you in advance for your suggestions.

    Nanda Kumar K P

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  • 01/27/14--12:50: Restoring Server Backups
  • Hi I'm having trouble restoring a backup of windows server 2012 essentials. My setup is:

    1 -160gb hard drive with the operating system on it

    2 - 2tb hard drives with raid 0 to hold all of my data

    1 - 4tb hard drive that is only used for backing up everything

    I ran into trouble when the 160gb hard drive died. I replaced the hard drive and re installed the operating system but somehow installing the new hard drive broke my raid causing me to lose all of my data. "No worries" I thought to myself I have been doing twice daily backups of everything since I put this server together.... My problem is restoring the backups. I have two backups listed in the windows backup software from the day before all of this went down, they both say completed successfully and have no errors listed. If I go to the folder I have vhdx image files of the three partitions that get backed up every day. When I go to restore one of three things happens.

    1. If I try and restore the entire volume using the recovery wizard I get the error "Windows Backup cannot find a shadow copy of the backup set on the storage location"

    2. If I try and restore just "files and folders" I can't expand any folders to see the files/folders. All of my folders say "Unable to browse *foldername*. Windows backup cannot find a shadow copy of the backup set on the storage location."

    3. If I restart and try a recovery from the instillation disk I'm not able to see the recovery files at all.

    I'm able to mount the hard drive images and two of the images work just fine but not the third (The one I really want with all of my data on it). When I mount the third it tells me the file system is RAW and would I like to format (Always chose no). I have scanned the image file when it was mounted as RAW with R-Studio. R-Studio finds all of my files but is only able to give me back less than a third of them. Scanning the broken raid doesn't give me any files.

    If anyone could help me out I would be eternally grateful. I stand to lose a ton of data including almost all of the videos and pictures of my kids. I thought I was doing everything right but for some reason my back ups wont go....

    Thank You!

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    Hi, trying to backup system image using SCDPM 2010 RTM.Most of the server are getting healthy backups except for this one server which is giving error:

    Affected area:	Computer\System Protection
    Occurred since:	1/27/2014 2:43:27 PM
    Description:	The replica of System Protection Computer\System Protection on server.DOMAIN.COM is inconsistent with the protected data source. All protection activities for data source will fail until the replica is synchronized with consistency check. You can recover data from existing recovery points, but new recovery points cannot be created until the replica is consistent. 
    For SharePoint farm, recovery points will continue getting created with the databases that are consistent. To backup inconsistent databases, run a consistency check on the farm. (ID 3106)
    	DPM cannot create a backup because Windows Server Backup (WSB) on the protected computer encountered an error (WSB Event ID: 517, WSB Error Code:  0x80070057). (ID 30229 Details: Internal error code: 0x809909FB)
    	More information
    Recommended action:	For resolution actions and more information on the WSB error, go to http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc734488(WS.10).aspx.
    	Synchronize with consistency check.
    	Run a synchronization job with consistency check...
    Resolution:	To dismiss the alert, click below
    	Inactivate alert

    On the server, event viewer show the following events:

    1. Backup Log:

    Backup started at '2014-01-27T11:26:21.356950100Z' failed with following error code '2147942487'.

    2. Application Log:

    The description for Event ID 517 from source Microsoft-Windows-Backup cannot be found. Either the component that raises this event is not installed on your local computer or the installation is corrupted. You can install or repair the component on the local computer.
    If the event originated on another computer, the display information had to be saved with the event.
    The following information was included with the event:
    27-Jan-14 11:26:21 AM
    The resource loader failed to find MUI file

    However, when I observe the backup process using "wbadmin get status", it reaches 99% then stops.

    Running backup of volume Local Disk(C:), copied (97%).
    Running backup of volume Local Disk(C:), copied (98%).
    Running backup of volume Local Disk(C:), copied (99%).
    Backup stopped before completing.
    Summary of backup:
    Backup stopped before completing.
    The parameter is incorrect.

    The server hardware is HP blade with two disk which are mirrored, and has 12 GB free space. below is the output from systeminfo command:

    Host Name:                 server
    OS Name:                   Microsoftr Windows Serverr 2008 Enterprise 
    OS Version:                6.0.6002 Service Pack 2 Build 6002
    OS Manufacturer:           Microsoft Corporation
    OS Configuration:          Member Server
    OS Build Type:             Multiprocessor Free
    Registered Owner:          Admin
    Registered Organization:   -
    Product ID:                55041-339-7818202-76771
    Original Install Date:     04-Aug-08, 3:15:18 PM
    System Boot Time:          21-Jan-14, 3:58:47 PM
    System Manufacturer:       HP
    System Model:              ProLiant BL460c G1
    System Type:               x64-based PC
    Processor(s):              2 Processor(s) Installed.
                               [01]: Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 6 GenuineIntel ~3000 Mhz
                               [02]: Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 6 GenuineIntel ~3000 Mhz
    BIOS Version:              HP I15, 02-May-11
    Windows Directory:         C:\Windows
    System Directory:          C:\Windows\system32
    Boot Device:               \Device\HarddiskVolume1
    System Locale:             en-us;English (United States)
    Input Locale:              en-us;English (United States)
    Time Zone:                 (GMT+03:00) Kuwait, Riyadh
    Total Physical Memory:     16,381 MB
    Available Physical Memory: 8,320 MB
    Virtual Memory: Max Size:  21,821 MB
    Virtual Memory: Available: 13,722 MB
    Virtual Memory: In Use:    8,099 MB
    Page File Location(s):     C:\pagefile.sys
    Domain:                    DOMAIN.COM
    Logon Server:              N/A
    Hotfix(s):                 157 Hotfix(s) Installed.
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    Network Card(s):           1 NIC(s) Installed.
                               [01]: HP NC373i Multifunction Gigabit Server Adapter
                                     Connection Name: Local Area Connection 2
                                     DHCP Enabled:    No
                                     IP address(es)
                                     [01]: x.x.x.x
                                     [02]: fe80::f494:43c2:7d90:e774
    Hyper-V Requirements:      VM Monitor Mode Extensions: No
                               Virtualization Enabled In Firmware: No
                               Second Level Address Translation: No
                               Data Execution Prevention Available: No

    Things I have tried:

    1. I tried to backup manually to external HDD using wsb snap-in, but it has failed in the same way.

    2. Stop and re-add protection.

    3. I have researched the error, some results suggest that some bad sectors might exist, however, when I run the command, it forces me to schedule the command on next boot. when I reboot, it loads windows after that gives a message "Cannot open the volume for direct access"

    How to end this loop? please help. Thanks for considering my question ...

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    I have a Windows Server 2012 machine that keeps failing with Windows Server Backup. If I reboot the server, the backup will work fine for a day or tow, but then it will start failing again until I reboot the server again.

    The error in the backup manager says "The shadow copy provider had an error."

    The event log error is as follows:

    Source: VSS

    Event ID:12289

    Volume Shadow Copy Service error: Unexpected error CreateFileW(\\?\GLOBALROOT\Device\HarddiskVolumeShadowCopy160,0xc0000000,0x00000003,...).  hr = 0x80070005, Access is denied.

       Removing auto-release shadow copies
       Loading provider

       Volume Name: \\?\Volume{4bb90a74-0f22-11e3-93f3-00155d59e900}\
       Execution Context: System Provider

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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  • 01/27/14--22:59: Backup Failed
  • Hi Team,

    system state backup not completd, We are receving below error on the server, but TSM command line showing uptodate

    but schd log showing backup failed with below error.

    ANS5250E An unexpected error was encountered.

    Thanks & Regards,


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    Dear Fellows,

    How I can synchronize shared folders to external backup drive?

    Or is there any way, to schedule the backup only for shared documents and update / synchronize in external drive.


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    I wanted to know how do you backup users emails? We have around 30 users and they are using Outlook 2010 & Thunderbird to access POP/SMTP emails from hosting email server. Since they are using pop so their emails are stored locally on D: drive of their systems. I want to backup them on our file server.

    Any easy automated backup solution for this?


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    Hello Guys,

    Recently I've noticed an failing DPM job in SC DPM 2012 R2. In Event Viewer | Application I found the following error related to VSS

    Volume Shadow Copy Service error: Unexpected error DeviceIoControl(\\?\Volume{e6ac2b07-7600-11e3-9414-00155d021409} - 0000000000000164,0x0053c06c,000000BAC9E6A780,0,000000BAC9E69770,4096,[0]).  hr = 0x80070005, Access is denied.

       Query diff area for this volume

       Volume Name: \\?\Volume{e6ac2b07-7600-11e3-9414-00155d021409}\

    I mounted the volume and run chkdsk /f /r  then retried backup job and error persist.

    vssadmin list shadowstorage gives 

    Error: The shadow copy provider had an error. Please see the system and
    application event logs for more information.

    vssadmin list writers gives 

      State: [1] Stable
      Last error: No error

    for all writers.

    Please advise



    Andrei Moraru Endava

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    Hi All,

    I was asked if we could image a windows 2008r2 member server for disaster recovery. The solution would be to image the production machine and use that image for recovery if we were to lose that server. I'm not sure after some time, days months or possibly years, that restoring the old image into an AD environment would be such a good idea with the server GUID's and SID's. Would someone be able to explain why this would or would not work? I've been having a hard time finding an answer to this question online.

    Thanks very much in advance

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    I've read numerous articles about Windows Server Backup 2008 R2 and can't seem to get a clear answer to my question.  The question is simply this:  will the following scheme for backup work?

    Scheme:  two external hard drives, on the first ext. HD backup @ 2:00 am when the server is on and everyone is gone; put the second ext. HD drive in a safe.  After the first backup succeeds, that morning change the ext. HD's and put the other drive in the safe and attach the second ext. HD to the server to backup the next morning at 2:00 am. After the second backup succeeds then swap the drives again. Repeat this swapping every morning.  As a further question, if the alternating the drives does work, can the swap interval be a week vs. each day?

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    I plan to apply SP1 to win2008R2.

    Before applying SP1, I would like to take backup of win2008R2.

    System state backup and restore of win2008R2  is usable for applying Service Pack 1 ?

    i.e. system state restore can restore win2008R2 to before applying SP1 ?

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    I have two drives (E and F) on my WHS that are backed up daily at different times to the same backup target.  Are my assumptions at the bottom correct?

    - WHS 2011 with E and F data partitions both having 1TB data.

    - Use wbadmin/task scheduler, E and F separately backed up daily to the same local target drive (X)

    Monday, 1:00am: 1TB E backed to vhd.

    Monday, 3:00am: 1TB F backed to vhd.  1TB E moved from vhd to shadow copy.  Tot shadow = 1TB

    Tuesday, 1:00am: 1TB E backed to vhd.  1TB F moved from vhd to shadow copy.  Tot shadow = 2TB

    Tuesday, 3:00am: 1TB F backed to vhd.  1TB E moved from vhd to shadow copy.  Tot shadow = 3TB

    And so on....

    Assumptions - Are they correct:

    1. During a backup, any previously backed up data in the vhd that is different from that being backed up, will be moved to the shadow copy area on the backup drive.

    2. Since 2 drives are backed up separately to the same target, each backup's data will be completely different from that in the vhd.  So even if I've only changed one file on E, a backup of E will write the full volume to the vhd because E data is compared only to the vhd (which contains only F data) and not to the previous version of E data (which is in shadow copy).

    3. The shadow copy storage will be huge for only a few backups.  It appears that I should have E and F backup to separate target drives to prevent this.




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  • 01/29/14--02:00: Windows Server Backup
  • Hi

    I have a windows server 2012.

    I try to backup my server to a shared network folder. i defined a schedule for it and then it backedup but when i see the destination folder, only the last backup exist.  

    How to maintain previous backups in the shared folder?


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    Usually there is an option in backup solution to delete old backups or to save certain count of backups. For example I would like to take copies of my system for 10 last days. Backups that are older should be deleted automatically. Is there any setting in windows backup that can afford me to implement these backup policy.

    Thank you!

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    I'm getting this error when I try to check a backup stored on a NAS.  When I attempt to recover from it, I pick "A backup stored on another location" then "Remote shared folder". 

    I put in the path: \\\public\server\2014-01-24

    And what I get is the above error message: "The specified path is not a remote shared folder"

    The path clearly is a remote shared folder. If I paste it into explorer it opens fine, and I can copy/delete files from it.  What gives?

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    I have a server 2008 r2 and the backups are not running so I checked the task scheduler and there were corrupted task images. I then repaired them. Now when I schedule backup in the server manager, it always hangs at scheduling backups.

    I've run sfc /scannow but no positive effect. I've searched if there is a way reinstall task scheduler on server 2008 r2?

    I'm planning on re-installing .NET 4.0. Will it resolve the problem?

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    We have DFS server which is in Windows 2003 and we are in process of migrating that file server to Windows 2012 R2. I was wondering if there is a way to restore files in Windows 2012 R2 from Windows 2003 Backup? I know there is a tool for Windows 2008 but not sure if that works in Windows 2012 R2.

    I really appreciate any help...!



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    Hi, I am having problems restoring daily backups from offline-disks. 

    The backup is saved full on Monday, and incremental the next four days.

    At the end of every week the online backup is written to offline backup external disks. This operation is done by this bat-script: 
    rmdir E:\WindowsImageBackup /S /Q
    mkdir E:\WindowsImageBackup
    robocopy.exe "K:\WindowsImageBackup" "E:\WindowsImageBackup" *.* /E /NP /R:10 /NFL /MOVE /LOG+:"K:\BackupCopyLog.txt"

    I am able to restore day-to-day from the backup files within the same week when the backup files are located online. 

    My problem is that the day-to-day backup is lost when restoring from offline disks. I am only able to restore from the end state (the end of every week) when the data was written offline. 

    This is relevant information about the server environment: 
    Windows Essential Business Server 2008 - Version 6.0.5700.0
    Windows Server Backup - Version 1.0

    What can I do to get the daily backups from offline disks?

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  • 02/03/14--08:00: Rename Domain controllers !
  • Dear All,

    i have on my production a Domain controller 2k8R2 and Exchange 2010 running,

    my Domain name is Domain1.lan and my exchange is configured to send emails using ...@domain1.com however there been some changes inside the organisation and i have to change the domain1 to domain 2 and also my exchange too,

    from Domain controller side, how can i do this? should i  decomsse the DC ? should i rename the DC ?

    please advise the correct steps to do this.

    PS: infrastrcutruur on DC is for 4 peoples.

    thank you 

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    Issue:  When attempting to run a PS script that changes file perms, User Admin2 continually gets prompted by UAC but user Admin1 does not.  Both are members of the admins group on server Web3 (a Windows 2k8 r2 server that is part of our domain).  I need both users to be able to run a powershell script that will open up file permissions so changes can be made and then run a 2nd powershell script that will lock the permissions back down.  Admin1 can run both scripts and all works fine.  Admin2 has to right-click and select Run as Admin to get the script to run.  Then when trying to browse the folder structure, Admin2 is given "access denied" and has to give himself permissions before he can browse.  I am Admin1 and I am trying to figure out why this is happening to Admin2 and correct the issue so this user can login to the server, run the scripts, and perform the necessary tasks before logging back out.  Can someone please help me??  thanks already

    It is like even though Admin2 is in the admins group he is not being treated by the system as an administrator.  Why is Admin2 being prompted for UAC but Admin1 is not? 

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