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This forum supports questions for the default backup utility in Windows Vista, Server 2008 and beyond. For questions on NTBackup or Windows Server 2003/XP, please use the “File services and storage" forum.

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    I use Windows 7 Backup and Restore utility to back up my C drive, system files and user files. It seems that this backup utility does not back-up the folder containing IE9 browsing history: C:\Users\aashomlo\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\History (This file size is 18 MB.)

    Could anyone tell me why, or what to do in order to get this history folder included?

    Also, apparently certain/selective links are not recorded on the History, like youtube.com. Why and what is the remedy?

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    Good morning technet-ers.

    So I have two questions today. One about BMR and another about a failing backup.

    First question: So I work for a small IT firm and we're managing a couple of servers for a client. The first of which is a virtualization host running hyper-v and the second is a file server. The first server has been failing backups due to lack of space on the i-scsi volume. This is because the backup was also backing up the VM files as well. They are currently stored on a seperate, local volume apart from the OS. All our VM's back themselves up to another NAS device. So we've tried tried to remove the volume with the VM files off of the backup schedual, but it says that the volume is required for the Bare Metal Recovery. Is there a way to move that volume off?

    Second question:
    With the second server we've been having constant failures to back up the server. We're doing a full back up, system state and BMR. Whenever it tries to initiate it gives an error: 2147942401 "Incorrect Function".
    When inspecting the backup logs I notice that the backup stops on the recovery partition (Says preparing) but doesn't get further then that. I've tried shrinking the volume by 10mb (I've read that it may be because it can't read the last sector in the volume) but that hasn't helped. I've tried removing the recovery partition from the backup, but it's telling me it needs the recovery partition for BMR.

    So any insight on this would be great!


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    Server 2008 R2 running Terminal services Hangs  users 12 pm every day

    event logs only show Shadow service running at that time

    is there a way to stop it running at 12pm

    only time the system users it for the backup program Shadow Protect is after 5pm everyday

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  • 04/21/14--00:43: FOR RESET WINDOWS PASSWORD




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    Hi everyone,

    I am using 2012 R2 and I am trying to backup the Host Component via wbadmin:

    wbadmin START BACKUP -backupTarget:E: -hyperv:"Host Component"

    but I have not being successful so far. The error I get is:

    ERROR - Command syntax incorrect. Error: Component. See the command syntax below.

    Any ideas anyone please?

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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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    Does the software-MiniTool Partition Wizard has the Server Edition ?

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  • 05/03/14--11:17: Secondary Domain Controller
  • i have a windows server 2008 R2 Server which is domain controller and also have folder redirection and some group policy settings on it and all folder redirection profiles are set on the same server so all files are there and if i setup another win2008 r2 server with secondary domain controller  that can be as a backup for my active directory. just my question is if i do that then will i have the same Group policy's settings automatically on the second server and also same folder redirection on it ? (just if my main server goes bad or crashed, then ill be able to use the second domain controller as a primary). ???? 

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    I have an easy question: Does the full backup with Windows Server Backup, configured by the WSB GUI as job, includes the system state backup?

    I know that I have to use the command line wbadmin tool to perform an system state backup only. But I want to know if the full backup by WSB includes this by itself?

    I want to backup a domain controller running Windows Server 2008 (_not_ R2) by WSB on a seperate hard drive. 

    Best Regards,


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    From three days ago when i want to open more than 1 files
    with "open" in right click,nothing will happen,but if i press enter 
    button all of selected files are open!

    I  tried it with PDF,word & excel files, and the result was
    similar.It is necessary to say that for 1 file "open" is working but for
    more than 1 file not.

    The last software that i installed is: spy-bot and for 1 week after
    that all things was nice but from 3 days ago i have this problem:-(

    I am using Windows Server 2003r2, eset antivirus node 32 endpoint and have 6 GB of RAM.

    How can I resolve this problem?

    thanks in advance.

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  • 05/04/14--13:15: How do I delete old backups
  • Hi, 
    I'm using Server 2008 R2 and getting regular backups every day. Mydisk will be full.My question to open up disk space How do I delete old updates for up dated. 

    Thank you in advance for your help

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    I back up my Windows 7 religiously every 3 months using Windows Backup and keep the hard drive at another location (in case of fire at home). This time everything went wrong:

    1. The first backup attempt failed. Not enough space on hard drive, supposedly.
    2. I deleted previous backups from the 1 TB hard drive and started a new complete Windows backup.
    3. That backup also failed (after several hours) but did not give a reason. I checked the "details" but there were really no details at all.
    4. I figure a reboot might help, so I reboot my Windows 7 system (which I do every day).
    5. The mouse did not work, so I rebooted again. (This happened approx. every 5th time I rebooted that drive.)
    6. But this time the boot manager was not found. ?! Tried again multiple times - no luck. Hard drive is now completely dead. So now I have no hard drive AND NO BACKUP.
    7. Husband (IT professional) tries everything to access the hard drive. No choice but to RMA, he says. He gets me a new hard drive and installs a new Windows 7 system similar to my old one.
    8. So we connected the external hard drive just to see what's on it. Content:
      • A MyName-PC"file" from the day I tried making this last backup.
      • WindowsImageBackup folder from Jan. 2012
      • MediaID.bin from Jan. 2012
    9. So I double-click MyName-PC and get the Windows Backup dialog that asks, "Do you want to restore files from this backup?" Heck yes! I clickRestore files. But I get an error message: "The backup application could not start due to an internal error: (0xC0003005)." No further information.
    10. So I drill down into WindowsImageBackupand there are 10 XML files in there with long names, plus a huge VHD file and BackupSpecs.xml.

    Please, any advice what to do? I am very concerned about this. Above all my family's photos from 15 years seem to be lost, which is unacceptable.

    Questions (answer any or all, please!):

    1. Is there likely to be any way to restore (or get files off of) the hard drive that appears to be completely dead?
    2. Can I do anything with the files (described above) on the external hard drive? Even though the backup failed (according to the error message from the dying hard drive), it did run for several hours. I apparently can't get Windows Backup to restore them, but is there any other way?
    3. There were previous backups on the external hard drive. I deleted those right before starting the new backup. The hard drive properties say that 351 GB is used out of 1 TB. Is it possible that some of those photos can be restored even though they were deleted?
    4. Any other advice? What's my next step? (I have to get those pictures back one way or another...)

    Would really appreciate any help. Thank you.

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    The backup operation that started at <var>time</var> has failed with following error code ’2155347997′ (The operation ended before completion.). Please review the event details for a solution, and then rerun the backup operation once the issue is resolved.

    Tried this hotfix it says it is not applicable to my computer  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2182466/en-us

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    My server 2012 consistently failing to do a backup to a network share located on my NAS. this is my first time trying to backup a server on a NAS. 

    I have a ReadyNAS 312 setup with Active Directory to read permission from domain users and give the users access to it. I can manually create folders and move files across but when it comes to backing a windows server to the NAS network share it fails.

    I believe it's to do with either the permission or the credential details. I have tried using both domain administrator accounts and the nas default admin account when scheduling a backup.

    The error message doesn't say much, it just fails basically. I'm trying to see if i can get further details on event viewer but can't really find it.

    Any help on to this matter will be much appreciated.

    Thank you 

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    • How to merge partitions in Windows Server 2008 quickly and effectively?

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    I am trying to setup Windows Server Backups in Server 2012R2

     My script didn't work, so started troubleshooting from the very bottom. My backup target is a DLink NAS drive with shared folder (full anonymous access and also tried setting up a dedicated user) Source to back up is a small folder on drive C From Server Backup manager -> Backup Once, add my folder to items to backup, point to \\Volumes_1 Click backup, goes trough initial motion and the fails with error: "The process cannot access the file because another process has locked a portion of the file"

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    I have been having this problem for quite some time. Done a lot of googling and trying recommended fixes and still nothing. I've recreated the backup itself, checked registry keys, ran check disk on all disks involved in the backup and re-created the VHD that the backup uses.

    The server is running Windows Server (R) 2008 Enterprise (x86)

    The VHD is from a datastore on our vmware host.

    The event log details are as follows:

    - System

      - Provider

       [ Name]  Microsoft-Windows-Backup
       [ Guid]  {1db28f2e-8f80-4027-8c5a-a11f7f10f62d}
       EventID 5
       Version 0
       Level 2
       Task 0
       Opcode 0
       Keywords 0x4000000000000000
      - TimeCreated

       [ SystemTime]  2014-05-02T03:11:43.480Z
       EventRecordID 5325
      - Execution

       [ ProcessID]  14776
       [ ThreadID]  20500
       Channel Microsoft-Windows-Backup
       Computer neptune.leonsos.local
      - Security

       [ UserID]  S-1-5-18

    - EventData

      BackupTemplateID {B35981E0-C4DE-4D7F-8478-818F80851D49}
      HRESULT 2147942402
      BackupState 12
      BackupTarget neptune 2014_04_23 23:32 DISK_01
      NumOfVolumes 1
      BackupTime 2014-05-02T01:00:08.146Z
      HRESULT 2147942402
      VolumesInfo <VolumeInfo><VolumeInfoItem Name="C:" OriginalAccessPath="C:" State="12" HResult="-2147024894" DetailedHResult="0" PreviousState="9" DataTransferred="12531990528" NumUnreadableBytes="0" TotalSize="60754821120" Flags="2" SSBTotalNoOfFiles="0" SSBTotalSizeOnDisk="0" SSBVhdSize="0"/></VolumeInfo>
      DetailedHRESULT 0
      SourceSnapStartTime 2014-05-02T01:00:08.131Z
      SourceSnapEndTime 2014-05-02T01:00:25.028Z
      PrepareBackupStartTime <TimesList><Time Time="2014-05-02T01:00:27.399Z" /></TimesList>
      PrepareBackupEndTime <TimesList><Time Time="2014-05-02T01:00:28.866Z" /></TimesList>
      BackupWriteStartTime <TimesList><Time Time="2014-05-02T01:00:28.866Z" /></TimesList>
      BackupWriteEndTime <TimesList><Time Time="2014-05-02T03:11:42.341Z" /></TimesList>
      TargetSnapStartTime 1601-01-01T00:00:00.000Z
      TargetSnapEndTime 1601-01-01T00:00:00.000Z
      DVDFormatStartTime <TimesList></TimesList>
      DVDFormatEndTime <TimesList></TimesList>
      MediaVerifyStartTime <TimesList></TimesList>
      MediaVerifyEndTime <TimesList></TimesList>
      BackupPreviousState 9
      ComponentStatus <ComponentStatus></ComponentStatus>
      SSBEnumerateStartTime 1601-01-01T00:00:00.000Z
      SSBEnumerateEndTime 1601-01-01T00:00:00.000Z
      SSBVhdCreationStartTime 1601-01-01T00:00:00.000Z
      SSBVhdCreationEndTime 1601-01-01T00:00:00.000Z
      SSBBackupStartTime 1601-01-01T00:00:00.000Z
      SSBBackupEndTime 1601-01-01T00:00:00.000Z
      SystemStateBackup false

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    Hi there,

    I have recently configured a server to run a normal scheduled backup from one internal HDD to a second internal HDD with no problem.

    I then created a secondary backup from the first internal HDD to an external USB HDD via the task scheduler which initially worked for the first two backups, creating an incremental copy of the correct files.

    The third day it tried to backup at the scheduled time of 2am, it failed and has continued to fail ever since - the error reports "Failed to create directory". This external backup drive has not been modified, not been disconnected and reconnected, is used for nothing else but these simple backups.

    In short, the scheduled backup is meant to copy a folder from C: drive to the E: drive (the external) at 2am each day of the week. ie C:\Folder -> E:

    I have viewed all of the guides on creating scheduled backups with task scheduler and know the syntax well enough so literally have no idea why all of a sudden they have stopped. There is more than adequate space on the drive - approx 30GB being copied to a 500GB drive.

    If someone would be able to give me an idea or provide me with a task schedule command to create this backup that would be excellent.

    Assuming that incremental backups are the only option - is it possible to create full entire backups each time? Following on from that - once the destination drive is full am I right in assuming Windows Server 2012 would be smart enough to delete the oldest data and continue to back up?

    Kind Regards,


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    Good day,

    we get the following error message when we restore a Windows Server backup on a different Serverhardware:

    Errors during a backup using the GUI:

    The system image restore failed .
    Error details: A Volume Shadow Copy Service component Encountered an unexpected error .Check the Application event log for more information.( 0x80042302 ) .

    Errors during a backup through the CLI with wbadmin

    The recovery operation for volume system [C: ] failed .Error : The operation ended before completion.
    The recovery operation for volume system [ D:] failed .Error : The operation ended before completion.
    The Automated System Recovery (ASR ) pre-recovery operation failed .
    ERROR - A Volume Copy Service Shadow operational Has occurred: ( 0x80042302 )
    A Volume Shadow Copy Service component encountered an unexpected error. Check the Application event log for more information.

    Here are some details:

    The Windows Server Backup has been performed successfully .(including System State , Bare Metal , and C : and D :)
    The Windows version is: 2008 R2 SP1.
    In the Restore to a modified Cisco UCS Hardware the above error message appears.It is therefore not restored to the same hardware.
    During the Windows recovery the network card drivers and the HDD drivers are added.For this, the Windows DVD is unmountend and mounted the drivers DVD .Then the network is configured using netsh.

    Source server :
    Hardware: Cisco UCS B440 M2
    HDD: Raid 1 with 278 GB
    Raid Controller : LSI 9260 MegaSAS

    Target server :
    Hardware: Cisco UCS B200 M3
    Hard disk: Raid 0 with 370 GB
    Raid Controller : LSI MegaRAID SAS 2004 ROMB

    We are unable to open in the DOS box the event logs to evaluate detailiere logs.
    Diskpart shows the disk ( 370GB ) as Disk 1 .
    The New Disk is larger than the old one.

    Thanks and regards

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    I am getting a error of "The system cannot find the path specified when I try to run windows server backup utility on windows 2008 standard

    I have done a upgrade on one of my poweredge 2900 server from windows server 2008 standard to R2 Enterprise. Now I would like to push a backup from the 2008 standar to the enterprise and on the 2008 standard i am getting the error The system cannot find the path specified  when I run the backup utility. Please Help 

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