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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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    "Backup Operators" are to supposed to have the ability to restore any file on the server.

    Our backup software mounts a snapshot of a volume and we can access the files.  However when we try to copy the files to the original location, we may not have access to the directory.  We have to add permissions and go through a hassle.

    So what does it take to use this "Backup Operators" group and enable files to be restored?



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  • 11/06/14--06:15: Essentials and iSCSI
  • Hi boys and girls...

    I have a Yes/No question.

    One of my costumers have purchased a new server with Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials.
    He want to use the Windows Backup application to perform backup of the server to a QNAP NAS unit thru iSCSI.
    Is this possible?


    Johnny Mikkelsen


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    Hi guys,

    I have problems with windows server backup. I received every day 2 notifications, 1 is Windows backup successful and the other is Windows backup failed. It's since I'm getting during every backup warning event 51: The backup storage location is running low on free space. Future backup operations that store backups on this location may fail because of not enough space.

    I deleted all old shadow copies but nothing changed.  Backup is saving to 2 .vmdk files. Via vSphere client I found out that size of these files is greater than provisioned size of these disks. Is it possible ? Can be this problem ? Thanks for your replies.


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    I have Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard installed with the Essentials Experience role installed.  The server drives are backed up on an external USB3 drive enclosure containing 4 drives twice a day.

    As the server backup is taking a long time, I diagnosed that it was backing up many files who haven't change since a long time.  Some of them more than a year ago, as per the modified date of the file.  I can't say if it is backing up all the files each time, but I know he copy many unchanged files.  I was expecting that it would copy only the changed files.

    Is there something wrong with my configuration?


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    Dear Friends,

    My Server: HP DL380-G7, OS: Win Server2008 (original).

    10 days ago when one of my web application is not working I tried to restore my file in old state. So I apply "Windows image backup" services. After completing the process I found that I can't boot. And later when I installed a new OS I discover all my data from dives gone even from my attached USB hard drive.

    HELP ME!!!!! Its my greatest mistake in my 7 years career.

    What to DO!!!!!!!!!!


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    Because of serious problems with Server 2012R2 and the fact it activates without permission and support is absolute garbage, I made Windows Server Backups at various stages of the install so I would not have to start the install again from scratch, however the times of the backups when attempting a restore are around 11 hours earlier than the time they where actually made and the time of creation that is shown in the Windows Backup program.

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    Hi all,

    During backup operations, on my Windows Server 2012 R2 (Hyper-v role installed) I find this warning in Event Log:

    Event ID 51: An error was detected on device \Device\Harddisk5\DR43 during a paging operation.

    How could I solve this issue? or Could I safely ignore this message?

    Just for information, before latest OS Update Rollup installation, we also found the event below:

    Event ID 157: Disk 5 has been surprise removed.

    Thanks a lot,

    David


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    Hi,

    I wonder if anyone can help?

    I have run into some problems when attempting to recover some files from a windows server backup that was created on Server 2012.  I have transferred the "WindowsImageBackup" folder to a 2008 R2 machine but keep getting an error that "the global catalog is corrupt" when I attempt to open it.  Does anyone know if backups from 2012 are able to be opened on a 2008 R2 machine.  I am transferring the files as I have a Disconnected WSUS server (2008 R2) and the internet facing one is 2012.

    I have spent the day googling but can't find an answer.

    Thanks


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    Hello,

    I want to apply GPO "set time limit for disconnected sessions" to windows 2000, 2003, 2008 and NT.

    I thought of applying this to my clients thru DC 2008r2.

    Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Remote Desktop Services\Remote Desktop Session Host\Session Time Limits

    But I can see this policy supported on " At least Windows XP Professional or Windows Server 2003 family"

    I need your help  in  setting up this policy to older version of windows, Especially windows 2000, NT.

    Our environment has windows 2012, 2008, 2003 , 2000 and NT

    Also advise me of any other stuff (separately) that I can use to make sure that users are logged off from disconnected RDP sessions.

    please reply at earliest..

    regards,

    Dharanesh,



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    Hi

    I am facing some issue with my windows Server 2008 R2 Backup.

    I am getting below error message while I open the windows Server Backup application.

    A fatal error occurred during a Windows Server Backup Snap-in(wbadmin.msc) operation.

    Error Details : The windows Server backup Services stopped..

    Close wbadmin.msc and then restart the service ..

    I have not stopped any service. request if anybody can help

    Thanks & Regards,

    Raman Kumar


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    We're doing nightly BMR backups of a small 2012 R2 Hyper-V host via wbadmin to 2TB USB disks, via
      wbadmin start backup -backupTarget:z: -quiet -noverify -vssFull -include:e:,c: -allCritical
    (where E: contains the sole VM).

    We are using the same backup system on other similar Hyper-V hosts running 2008 R2 and 2012, with no problems. However, with this 2012 R2 host, after a few months of no problems the backups started failing with:
      There is not enough free space on the backup storage location to back up the data.

    This made no sense, and continues to make no sense:

    • The 2TB backup disks are only half full (>1TB free), with 600GB of unallocated shadowstorage.
    • There should be room for many more backups on these disks. Each currently contains 11 to 13 backups, with the initial full backup having required about 600GB and each subsequent backup only requiring another 20GB to 40GB.
    • There is over 40GB free on the C: drive and 300GB free on the E: drive; free space on the host volumes is not an issue.
    • Increasing the shadowstorage limit on the backup disks to unbounded doesn't resolve the issue.
    • This is not a problem of a RECOVERY partition that's too small, and SystemState backups always complete successfully.

    The first workaround we found was to temporarily reduce (not increase) the shadowstorage allocation on the E: drive (containing the VM) and then increase it back (with the end result of deleting old shadow copies).

    This worked reliably, but looking for a root cause led us to uninstall the Windows Updates installed mid-September (in particular the Aug 2014 and Sep 2014 roll-ups), which preceded the start of this problem. But instead of resolving the problem the uninstalls made it worse, in that our workaround stopped working.

    We reinstalled the Windows Updates, and then tried setting backup performance to normal, in case the problem was related to VSS on the host volumes, but the errors continued.

    At this point the only way we've found to work around the error is to delete 1 or 2 of the oldest backups on the destination disk, via
      wbadmin delete backup -backupTarget:z: -deleteOldest
    after which the new backup will succeed.

    But, again, this makes no sense, as the destination disks are only half full, and even if space was an issue wbadmin should delete old backups as required. And this same system is working fine on 2008 R2 and 2012.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks,

    John


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    Hello,

    we have problems with Windows Server Backup Feature.

    Our system is a Windows Server 2008 Standard. On the computer runs a SQL Server 2005.

    Since several days no backup can be carried out. We get the error message:

    - Error during a Volume Shadow Copy service operation. Detailed error: Failed to process the volume shadow copy: "0x800423F0".

    - Errors in the event log: For the started backup an error occured. The volume shadow copy operation  was not successful. Error code: "2155348129". Run the backup again after the problem was fixed.

    We have already tried to restart the services, uninstalled the Windows Server Backup Feature and reinstalled it, also we rebootet the server several times. Unfortunately, so far without success.

    What else can we do respectively where could be the problem?

    Kind regards

    Sven Otto

    KRK ComputerSysteme GmbH (Germany)


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    Folks, 

    We need your help with this! 
    Here is the scenario:
    * This VM is a DC/DNS/DHCP
    * Server 2012R2 (fully patched) 
    * the VM is a part of DPM 2012R2 rotation (the client was pushed in from the server)

    Every 3-3.5 days something happens that makes "Block level backup engine Service", Virtual Disk Service" and the Volume Shadow copy service utilization to hit the ceiling. The whole thing renders the VM unusable until reboot. All attempts to restart or kill the service/process end up with "Access denied" 

    We have tried the following already:
    * Removing DPM protection 
    * Uninstalling the DPM client
    * Removing the Windows backup feature.
    * Reinstalling everything in the reverse order 
    * Implemented DHCP access denied registry key fix 

    Any assistance in resolving the situation is appreciated! 


    



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    Microsoft,

    Please take action on this. It is extremely hard to find external hard disk drives that are "BACKWARDS" compatible with your Windows Server Back Up application. The software will not recognize volumes larger than 2TB and the allocation unit sector size must be 512k. From Server 2008 and newer this issue MUST be addressed as backup volumes are increasing in size and I have been unable to find one hard drive manufacturer that makes drives that will meet both requirements any longer...

    This is really poor considering all the attention your developers give to Server software.

    Moving to 3rd party backup solutions that actually work in the TODAY!

    Please do something!?!



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    Hi,

    Windows 2008 R2, D: volume is 319GB total space and 228 GB free space. This volume is used for data. E: Volume is 499GB total space and 445GB free space. This volume is used to shadow copies from volume D, in order to have some versions of data.

    It's suspicious the low space used for shadow copies on volume E. I'me checked volume changes during some days (shadow copies runs every day at 7:00 and 12:00) and I've noticed than sometimes there is more free space after a shadow copy completes. For example:

    Shadow Copy day 1 12:00 - 51.698GB used shadow copy  storage space

    Shadow Copy day 2 7:00 - 51.908GB used shadow copy  storage space

    Shadow Copy day 2 12:00 - 52.193GB used shadow copy  storage space

    Shadow Copy day 3 7:00 - 51.328GB used shadow copy  storage space

    Why is occuring this? The volume where allocate shadow copies has enough free space  for save copies there, and not delete old shadow copies. It's suposing to fill the volume before delete old shadow copies.

    I've cheked configuration, and is set to use the maximum space on volume E. I've traced the VSS, and all results are 0x00000000, that is succeed. I can enter to the shadow copies and seems to be correct.

    I've noticed too that VSS service and Microsoft Software Shadow copy provider services stops automatically with no defined time sequence. It appears as event ID 7036 on system event viewer (service has entered the stopped state) and with event id 8224 on application event viewer (VSS service is shutting down due to idle timeout). I don't know how to solve this, what I've done is set to automatically start these services, but I think is not the answer because I'm still with this stops.

    Any help will be welcome!!

    Regards,

    Quique


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    In the past few weeks we have had several backup failures because the storage area for Shadow Copy's was limited to 320 mb's (standard size windows picks sometimes). We need to have the storage space between 5 and 10 % of the disk space else backups become unstable and systemstate backsups often fail.

    We create a automated report for all our systems with a failed backup, where we check the systems on a lot of different settings (VSS writers, diskspace, eventlogs etc). And would like to include the limit of the storage area for each volume in this report. But we run into the problem that commands like "vssadmin list shadowstorage" only list disks that have something listed under "Used" If used is empty the commands ignore them.

    We already tried WMI and C# but they got the same limitation :

    strComputer = "."
    Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:\\" & strComputer & "\root\CIMV2")
    Set colItems = objWMIService.ExecQuery( _
        "SELECT * FROM Win32_ShadowStorage",,48)
    For Each objItem in colItems
        Wscript.Echo "-----------------------------------"
        Wscript.Echo "Win32_ShadowStorage instance"
        Wscript.Echo "-----------------------------------"
        Wscript.Echo "MaxSpace: " & objItem.MaxSpace
    Next

    We also used procmon to find the related registry key's but so far we have no luck with those.

    Is there any way to get the configured maximum size Use Limit for each volume no matter if it lists "0 bytes on <volume>" or not?




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  • 11/13/14--11:31: External Users Backup
  • Hello,

    I have a number of Sales Reps with Laptops, some are on the domain and some are standalone. I am after a solution that basically copies/backs up the data to the SBS 2011 server when ever there is an internet connection, but also have the data available offline. Once an internet connection is made, the difference in data to be copied for the server.

    Is there a solution within the Windows operating system of either the SBS 2011 server or Laptops (Windows 7 and 8)?

    Any advise would be greatly appreciated.


    LIAM PERRYMAN.


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    Hi, I encounter a problem. My computer system is Windows Server 2008, there is large data stored in my computer. I backed up some important files and folders, but sometimes in a backed up files, I add some files. There is a warning to tell me my disk is running out. I delete some files. But i still need backup some files, but if i backup all data contains added files, disk space is still be here. I use disk management to set incremental backup, but there is a question, it cannot help me back up data well. How do I do? Is there a good way to help me? I am urgent. Please help me. 

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  • 11/14/14--08:09: esata vs usb 3 enclosure
  • I am running windows server 2012 essentials and have been backing up to a series of USB 3 enclosures containing WD Red drives (rotate the backup drive monthly). Have had occasional usb connection loss issues (detail below). 

    Any thoughts on using esata instead of USB 3 based on the experience of others with backing up Windows Server Essentials would be appreciated.

    Specific recommendations of external enclosures particularly appreciated.

    Today's issue:

    Two different Vantec HX enclosures, two different WD Red drives. Today, a new message:

    The scheduled backup did not finish successfully and returned the following error code: 2155348305 There was a failure while compacting the virtual hard disk on the backup location. Detailed error: Incorrect function

    On going to the server itself, I see in the notification area that a USB device failed and was unrecognized.

    unplugged, plugged back in, attempting backup again (at 66% as I write).   Feedback appreciated.


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    This has been a pain in my side for the past two weeks as I've tried troubleshooting step one after another with no solution in sight.

    I currently have a server running Windows Server 2012 with two Hyper-V virtual machines. The server is set up in the following way:

    Main Server (Windows Server 2012 Standard)
    - Virtual Server 1 (Windows Server 2012 Essentials)
      - OS Virtual HD 1
      - Data Virtual HD 1
    - Virtual Server 2 (Windows Server 2012 Standard)
      - OS Virtual HD 2
      - Data Virtual HD 2

    The Hard Drive layout on the server is set up as:
    C: - OS
    D: - Virtual Machine Profiles and Virtual HDs (except Data Virutal HD 1)
    E: - Data Virtual HD 1
    F: - External USB Drive (for backups)

    I've been trying to get Windows Server Backup to do its job and backup the server including the virtual machines. Unfortunately, like others, I keep getting the following error:

    Backup of volume E: has failed. Backup failed as shadow copy on source volume got deleted. This might caused by high write activity on the volume. Please retry the backup. If the issue persists consider increasing shadow copy storage using 'VSSADMIN Resize ShadowStorage' command.

    Error in backup of E:\ during enumerate: Error [0x80070003] The system cannot find the path specified.
    Application backup
    Writer Id: {66841CD4-6DED-4F4B-8F17-FD23F8DDC3DE}
       Component: DE5BB7DD-D27A-4DBD-9E2F-0297516A0297
       Caption     : Backup Using Child Partition Snapshot\NameOfVirtualServer1
       Logical Path: 
       Error           : 8078010D
       Error Message   : Enumeration of the files failed.

       Detailed Error  : 80070003
       Detailed Error Message : (null)


    *-----------------------------*

    Sometimes the above error includes the D: Drive as well.

    Looking over the forums, I've tried several things. This includes:
    - Restarting Server
    - Changed external drive from being dedicated to WSB (not visible in Explorer) to standard drive (visible in Explorer).
    - Removing the CyberPower PowerPanel UPS software
    - Changing Shadow Storage on E: Drive to UNBOUNDED
    - Installed any optional Windows Server 2012 update available through Windows Update

    At this point, I'm out of ideas. Not having a back up of the server is definitely not a comfortable feeling. Are there any other recommendations? Should another backup software be used instead? Any suggestions would really be appreciated.


    - Travis Tubbs travis@travistubbs.net http://travistubbs.net


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