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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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    steps performed by us for database restoration of TFS on different server.

    •      Successfully Installed TFS Server (version 2010) on server, by user “tfsservice”, having admin rights on server.
    •      Restored data bases files i.e. “Tfs_Configuration” and “Tfs_DIMTS-Projects”, as per the steps provided on Microsoft support website.
    •      All services related with TFS, Started on server.
    •      All existing projects visible in TFS Administration tools, under Application Tier -> Team Projects Collections -> Team Projects
    • While connecting with TFS Client, getting error message

    Error Message : The name, port number, or protocol for the team foundation server is incorrect

    The team foundation server is offline

    Please do the needful


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      i want restore ntbackup 2003 data in 2008  server .Please do needful. how to retrieve 

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    1. 10/28/14--13:09: WIndows server 2008 backup
    2. I have to take folder backup in server 2008 .
      In 2008” window server backup utility” we can take only backup full drive Like C or D
      Please let me know do we have any option for taking backup of particular folder in windows server 2008


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    3. 10/28/14--14:37: Start new remote backup
    4. I did a Win 2008 r2 remote backup to a shared external HD, on an XP machine, for a number of years and then had to get rid of the XP machine because of lack of Microsoft support. I set up the new remote BU on a new Win 7 machine now for I am getting an error "Volumes larger that 2 Tb cannot be protected". I tried to set it up to a 1 Tb external HD but continue to get the same error message when I try and schedule a remote BU. Is there someway to delete the old remote BU and start fresh besides using the cmd prompt. I have googled this and see no easy solution.

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      I had a significant loss of both the Servers and Clients in a big electrical spike, fortunately I have one drive of data that survived . I loaded server back into new hardware and it sees some back ups saying they are removed but it still has partials, it stops in retrieval at 81 % it is backing up to totally new computers so it tells me it doesn't recognized the operating systems, and therefore stops working, I have about 500 g in backups with some wide ranging files , but I am stuck as to how to either extract them from there drive positions now, or have the new machines recognized as the old that it appears it needs to work?

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      i got this warning when backup up Hyper-V virtual machines with Windows Server backup to an external USB disk:

      Event 130 NTFS

      The file system structure on volume \\?\Volume{02052570-9f5c-4c97-8c2e-e2798e649bc8} has now been repaired.

      The volume name changes sometimes and I do not know which volume is repaired.

      Server: 2012R2 with Hyper-V



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      This is on Windows Server 2012R2 Essentials specifically. But I saw the same behavior on 2012 Essentials before switching.

      Both on the Dashboard's alerts and daily health reports, it indicates that one or more drives are unhealthy and need to be fixed. However, it does not list any disk specifically. This occurs several minutes after the backups are scheduled, and will change when it happens if I change the time for the backups. 

      This happens EVERY DAY. Deleting or ignoring the reports just cause it to come back. Disabling backups, or disconnecting the drive they're stored on doesn't fix it. Neither does formatting the drive and setting up backups again.

      I've not found any specific errors, and I've scanned the system partitions using their volume ID, and that hasn't helped.

      No virus scanner nor disk tools are installed. There are no 3rd party file system filters installed either.

      The Event Viewer doesn't indicate any issues specifically either.

      This is frustrating and annoying.

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      During the restore of data using VSS Snapshots it deleted all the snapshots, this event was written in the system log : 

      The shadow copies of volume D: were deleted because the shadow copy storage could not grow in time.  Consider reducing the IO load on the system or choose a shadow copy storage volume that is not being shadow copied.

      It only restored 20 GB of data and there should be plenty of space in the Shadow copy storage

      Used Shadow Copy Storage space: 2.692 GB (0%)
      Allocated Shadow Copy Storage space: 5.397 GB (0%)
      Maximum Shadow Copy Storage space: 694.752 GB (18%)

      When there isn't enough space it should start to delete the oldest snapshots to free up additional space, but it deletedall the snapshots. The problem is the IO but how to prevent this from happening again?

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      I have a problem with two VM´s on a HP Proliant ML350p Gen8, that has Windows Server 2012R2 operating system with Hyper-V role installed.

      Both VM´s are also 2012R2, one is DC/DNS/FILE/PRINT and the other one is Exchange 2013.

      The problem itself is that, when Windows backup (wbengine.exe - Block level backup engine service) inside VM starts, it uses almost maximum CPU resource, so the VM´s CPUs are 100% used. Backup itself is not working, there is no network trafic. Only way to get rid of 100% CPU usage is to restart the server.

      When i start backup manually (Backup once - scheduled backup options), it is working and the CPU usage is around 20-30%.

      One VM (DC/DNS/FILE/PRINT) has 2x vCPU and Exchange has 4x vCPU.

      The problem started suddenly, the backup were performing slowly and failed.

      Backups are scheduled on different time. Host level Hyper-V backup of VM´s works without any problem.

      The backup location is Synology DS414 NAS and the servers are set up using iSCSI, for connecting separate backup lun´s for each server.

      The Hyper-V host and both VM´s are patched up-to-date. Ofcourse i have tried a lot of restarts, looking event log, VSSADMIN - cannot find any errors...

      The network setup:

      Hyper-V host has a team of two physical adapters, that is set up with a external virtual switch (shared with management operating system) and used by the VM`s normal network trafic.

      Hyper-V host itself is using separte physcial network card, for connecting with iSCSI to Synology NAS.

      I tried to set up another physical network card on the host and create a new virtual swich, add extra virtual nic to VM`s and use this for iSCSI traffic for Windows backup and it didnt make things better.

      I need to find a solution, because i cannot restart the server every night for the backups to work.

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      i am using increment backup on 2 TB for windows 2012 but today when i check i can see only last incremental backup copy all the previously backup copies were deleted automatically. how can i get the delete recover the backup copy as some data has been deleted from server i need to recover it please help.


      Shujaath Ahmed

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      Hello - I have a simple question that I am hopeful someone can help me out with.  We have a shared network folder that is approximately 750 GB in over 50,000 folders and we need to back this up to a hosted cloud drive.  Does anyone have any suggestions for the easiest way to synchronize and backup our local network data with a hosted solution?  We have numerous employees accessing the data remotely, so real-time data synchronization is preferred.  Please help!


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      We've been running Windows Server Backup on Windows Server 2012 Essentials successfully for a while now.  Backups are performed nightly and have been completing successfully on a schedule.  We have been rotating between 3 (sometimes 4) USB connected external drives.  Yesterday, I changed the configuration to target just 1 drive.  It was 75% complete this morning but I wanted to stop the backup to continue some configuration changes (we recently encrypted both our internal system and data drives -both are included in the backups - and I wanted to start a BitLocker encryption of one of another backup drive)

      The documented way to Stop a Backup from Dashboard is to simply find your server in Devices, right-mouse-click it, and choose "Stop backup for the server".  Unfortunately, this has no effect and the backup appears to be hung (have waited a couple of hours now for it to stop gracefully).

      I have tried launching wbadmin but it, too, appears to be hung showing "Reading data; please wait..."

      Short of physically disconnecting the USB drive or rebooting the server, is there any way to stop the processes involved?  I have had trouble trying to locate the processes involved via Task Manager.  When I do, I can usually kill backup in this fashion, but I usually have to follow this with a server reboot before I can use Windows Backup successfully again.  So any help here would be appreciated.

      This issue of not being able to stop a running backup has been frequent with us under many different circumstances and usually happens whenever we suspect a backup will not finish in a timely fashion (for example, changing the backup schedule to target a different number of drives when not all our drives are physically connected seems to confuse Windows Server Backup).  Workaround has been just to wait for the backup to finish - even if it appears to be hung.  Sometimes it finishes, other times not.

      Checking the event log, it shows a volsnap Event ID 25 error from early this morning that may or may not be related to the fact we can't stop the backup.  Interestingly, the description in Event Viewer for this error reads "The description for Event ID 25 from source volsnap 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:  \Device\HarddiskVolumeShadowCopy239 I: The locale specific resource for the desired message is not present"  -- Why??  

      I think this is referring to our recently encrypted drive which I assigned a device letter of "I:".  It is connected to the server along with our "hung" backup drive that I had targeted yesterday when I changed our Backup Schedule and configuration.

      Thanks in advance for any help or insight you can share.


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      I have a following error while doing scheduled backups: "Failure while compacting the virtual disk on the backup location"OS is Server 2012 R2 Essential 

      I use a dedicated HDD for backups. Its a WD GREEN 3TB. 

      Any suggestions? 


      • EROOR: The backup operation that started at '‎2014‎-‎06‎-‎27T00:57:25.744931200Z' has failed with following error code '0x807800C5' (There was a failure in preparing the backup image of one of the volumes in the backup set.). Please review the event details for a solution, and then rerun the backup operation once the issue is resolved.
      • WARNING: The backup operation that started at '‎2014‎-‎06‎-‎26T16:30:31.944377600Z' has completed with errors. Please review the event details for a solution, and then rerun the backup operation once the issue is resolved.

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      We are currently using Windows Server Backup to backup three Hyper-V guests running on a Windows 2008 R2 host.  Two guests are running Server 2008 R2 and one is running Windows 7.  I have the backups going to a dedicated external disk drive.

      WSB backs up the two 2008 R2 Hyper-V guests just fine.  However, when attempting to backup the Windows 7 Hyper-V guest, I receive the following error:

      Error in backup of <Windows 7.vhd> during read: Error [0x80070001] Incorrect function.

      I ran a "vssadmin list writers" and all the VSS writers showed "Stable" with no errors.  I have plenty of space on the external drive as well.  I've read this article: https://support.microsoft.com/kb/973455?wa=wsignin1.0#workaroundissue12 except that doesn't seem to be what I'm experiencing here.

      Anyone have any suggestions?

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      I tried to perform a bare metal recovery of a Windows Server 2012 R2 operating system backup but I can't get it to recover or access earlier restore points.  Any help would be appreciated!  I want to avoid reinstalling the OS *again*.

      I have a hardware install of Windows Server 2012 R2 on drive (a), backup services saved to drive (b), and my server folders on RAID pool (c).  I had verified that Windows Server Backup was executing daily and I was previously able to see several backups in the list of restore points.

      I first tried to use the Windows Recovery Wizard to restore a "Volumes" recovery on drive (a); however, I can't select the "Source Volume" (C:) to equal the "Desination Volume" (C:).  I just want to replace the current drive (a) with what's backed up.  Why is this?  Should this be working with source equal to destination?

      Then, when restoring Windows using startup disk & recovery options, I can't see more than the last backup.  Older restore points are not available.  Plus, my local administrator password is not being accepted.  So many things are going wrong...

      The last thing I did was enable the Windows Server Essentials role and set it up, which did include picking a domain name.  I wasn't happy with the ".local" TLD that was automatically created so I wanted to restore before Essentials was set up. Is this what is preventing a recovery?



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      I have noticed a few things that are concerning to me, but before applying changes I was hoping to get an answer as to the reason why they are configured as such.

      My backup (Windows Server Backup), is configured to utilize a dedicated device as the target with VSS Full Backup.  The device shows up in Disk Manager ,everything seems fine.  However, when I examine the Shadow Copies property for my volumes, I see that this device (listed only by its' GUID), has had VSS enabled on it, with "no limits" applied.

      Is this normal?

      Is Windows Server Backup using that VSS space on the dedicated drive to store incremental versions of my backup policy or of the drive itself?

      If I put limits on VSS policy for the dedicated drive, will this affect the total number of historical archives of the backup schedule or just the changes to the drive itself?  If it only affects the backup incremental, how do I calculate how many?

      Also, since the default VSS copy schedule is applied, "if" the schedule for it's VSS process conflicts with the backup schedule.. I may see problems?

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      Windows Server Backup cannot perform a System State backup. Error states the backup cannot be carried out unless source volume is formatted using NTFS/ReFS.

      I have exactly the same problem that is described in this thread. The problem is that there is a hidden 2GB system partition called OS which does not have a drive letter assigned. This partition is formatted as FAT32 and is the reason Windows Server Backup fails. I understand I can use the solution given, using convert.exe, to convert the FAT32 partition to NTFS. However, another respondent in a separate thread, 'Erik the well read' states:

      "I contacted Dell about this and was told not to touch it. The FAT32 partition contains the UEFI build and should not be reformatted/converted."

      The server I have this issue with is a Dell PowerEdge R210 II. I installed Windows Server 2012 R2 using an image I downloaded from the Microsoft Licensing site.

      Can anyone help me with this, please? Can the system partition named OS be converted? Should it be converted? Why is a FAT32 system partition created during installation when the built-in backup utility won't back it up?

      Also, I fully expect to install 2012 in the future so would like to know if it is possible to get the installer to format the partition as NTFS and not FAT32.


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      I'm having a problem with a Hyper-V guest that is running Exchange 2013 CU5.  I will say I have had issues with this VM since installing CU5.

      Note:  I am doing a backup from within the VM guest, not from the host.

      The scheduled backup takes a long time to complete, an entire weekend to backup 150GB to an ISCSI disk.  In addition the CPU time is very high (58%) while this is happening.  Attempting to open the backup manager window consistently makes the CPU time hit 99%.  When this happens Outlook clients will fail.  When backup manager opens it will continually say "Reading data; please wait..."  If the backup manager happened to already been open, the backup job will say "Volume 1 0% of 4 volumes."

      The processes taking up the CPU time are Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service  (24%), Microsoft Block level backup service (62%) and virtual disk service (12%).  Memory use always hovers around 65%.  If I attempt to kill the processes with task manager, there is no change.  If I use the kill executable it will say the process is not running.  I cannot stop the corresponding service either.  I cannot stop the backup.  I cannot query vss writer status.  I cannot restart the ISCSI service (device in use.)  Restarting the NAS that contains the ISCSI target does nothing.  The only recourse is to restart the server.

      If I restart the server and start a backup fairly soon after, the backup completes normally, in about an hour.  During a normal backup CPU usage is at about 30%.  The Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service runs at 0% CPU time as well as the virtual disk service.  The Microsoft Block Level Backup Engine runs at 10% CPU time.  The scheduled backup is set to start at 9:30pm.  I have also tried changing backup times.  If I restart the server at 4 am and do not run a manual backup, the scheduled backup performs poorly.

      After some digging I find these errors:

      Log Name:      Application
      Source:        MSExchangeRepl
      Date:          10/14/2014 9:30:41 PM
      Event ID:      2112
      Task Category: Exchange VSS Writer
      Level:         Error
      Keywords:      Classic
      User:          N/A

      The Microsoft Exchange Replication service VSS Writer instance 7a465f3f-25ba-45b2-952a-870a6ddc2f2b failed with error code 80070020 when preparing for a backup of database 'Mailbox Database 2123847568'.

      Log Name:      Application
      Source:        VSS
      Date:          10/14/2014 9:30:41 PM
      Event ID:      8229
      Task Category: None
      Level:         Warning
      Keywords:      Classic
      User:          N/A

      A VSS writer has rejected an event with error 0x00000000, The operation completed successfully.
      . Changes that the writer made to the writer components while handling the event will not be available to the requester. Check the event log for related events from the application hosting the VSS writer. 

         PrepareForBackup event

         Execution Context: Writer
         Writer Class Id: {7e47b561-971a-46e6-96b9-696eeaa53b2a}
         Writer Name: MSMQ Writer (MSMQ)
         Writer Instance Name: MSMQ Writer (MSMQ)
         Writer Instance ID: {b8ae6140-7fcb-427d-9493-e070221f752f}
         Command Line: C:\Windows\system32\mqsvc.exe
         Process ID: 1676

      Log Name:      Application
      Source:        MSExchangeRepl
      Date:          10/14/2014 9:30:41 PM
      Event ID:      2024
      Task Category: Exchange VSS Writer
      Level:         Error
      Keywords:      Classic
      User:          N/A
      The Microsoft Exchange Replication service VSS Writer (Instance 7a465f3f-25ba-45b2-952a-870a6ddc2f2b) failed with error 80070020 when preparing for a backup.

      As you can see the errors happen almost immediately after the backup starts.

      In addition the following VSSwriters show a last error "timed out"

      Microsoft Exchange Writer
      Com+ RegDB Writer
      Shadow Copy Optimization Writer
      Registry Writer

      I will add also the following issues I have been experiencing ever since installing CU5:

      1 Version buckets threshold easy reached.  Had to modify threshold and set limits on email size. Sometimes still happens.
      2 After a restart of the server, the server may have no, or limited connection to the network.  It may or may not have an exclamation point on the network icon.  If there is no exclamation point, it can ping other network resources, but inbound requests and pings, will fail.  The event log shows that the network should be available while booting, but it's not since it cannot communicate with active directory.  The fix for this is to disable/enable the network adapter and then all is well.

      I really need some help figuring this out.  Again, never had an issue with this server prior to Exchange 2013 CU5 being installed.

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      I've started having issues with WSB on a Windows Server 2012 R2 virtual DC.  I had been using WSB full server backups to local disk without issue for probably 8 months or more.  Recently I noticed that the CPU utilization on the server was stuck around 100%, and it was the Virtual Disk service (vds.exe) using all the CPU.

      During troubleshooting I found through VSSAdmin that I had more than one writer in the "Waiting for completion" state.  After some searching I found a suggestion to restart the Cryptographic Services service and that seemed to work.  CPU utilization and server performance went back to normal.  I hoped that'd be the end of it—it wasn't.  The issue returned the next day, and this time restarting the cryptographic service did nothing.  I tried restarting the Block Level Backup Engine service because it was stuck running and that also did nothing.  I also tried not backing-up the System State, and that didn't help.  I've had to restart the server each morning to resolve the issue, so I have stopped the backups until I find a solution.  Has anyone else experienced this behavior?


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      What's the difference between Cisco 2960X 48TS-L and 2960X 48TS-L?

      Compared WS-C2960X-48TS-L and WS-C2960S-48TS-L, C2960X is more added with those features:
      Dual-core CPU at 600 MHz
      Cisco FlexStack-Plus stacking
      80 Gbps bandwidth
      8-member stack
      NetFlow-Lite on all downlink and uplink ports
      Switch Hibernation mode integrated with Cisco EnergyWise
      Energy-Efficient Ethernet (EEE) downlink ports
      Signed Cisco IOS Software images

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