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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 can't repair my laptop.

    I already tried refreshing or resetting my laptop from the recovery portion of PC Settings in Windows. 

    When I try to refresh my laptop, the following error message comes up: "can't refresh your PC. the drive is locked."

    when I try to reset my laptop, this message shows: "can't reset your PC. a required partition is missing."

    I don't have a recovery disc or any windows installer. Please help, I really need my PC to be working before this year ends. 

    On another hand, can I still activate my windows properly if I used an outside source for the installer?

    Hoping for a fast and favorable response.


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    HI,

    I want to schedule two System state backups of the same AD Server on two different Network shared folders residing on different servers.

    Scenarios will be as below:

    Need to configure System State backup on AD with name ABC

    1. First Backup Schedule on ABC will start at 03:00 hrs on N/W share \\target1

    2. Sceond Backup Schedule on ABC  will start at 05:00 hrs on N/W Share \\target2

    I tried configuring & scheduling one with GUI & other with wbadmin command line, & though I could see both schedules in task schedular but theone which is configured the last only works on respective \\target*

    Eventhough ran the other non-funtional schedule task manually the same last configured schedule gets backed up.

    Anybody has idea for configuring the same.


    - Sumit Duduskar.



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    Hi , 

    My Primary DC is on Windows Server 2003 Standard and i also have 2 more Additional DCs (ADCs) on Windows Server Standard 2008 R2. I have 500 machines connecting to the DC. I have 400 Win Device CALs for 2003. 

    Do i need only 100 more CALs or 500 Cals for 2008 R2


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    I have a laptop with windows 7 home basic.

    I purchased brand new from your dealer JARIR BOOKSTORE three years ago.Computer functions ok. But since last 10 days the hyperlinks are not functioning. Please solve this problem for me.


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    Hello folks,

    please can anybody give me advise?

    I am running two Dell servers with Windows SRV 2012 STD, I am able to backup server on Synology RS 812 without any issue but I am unable to backup servers on WD MyCloud 2TB.

    Errors are follow:

    There was a failure in preparing the backup image of one of the volumes in the backup set.
     Detailed error: Incorrect function

    The backup operation that started at '‎2014‎-‎11‎-‎30T17:39:53.657001600Z' 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.

    I tried lot of resolution I found on the interent - SMB2 and 3 disabling, make shared folder public, run backup with and without NAS credentials and so on.

    These settings doesnt help me also:

    https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/c2032e37-ebe9-4221-9d37-5525fcdaae19/windows-8-backup-win7-file-recovery-system-image-creation-to-nas-device-fails-with-error?forum=w8itprogeneral

    http://community.wd.com/t5/WD-My-Cloud/What-capabiliities-does-My-Cloud-offer-on-the-local-LAN/td-p/601011

    Thank you for every help.

    Regards,

    Jan


    Jendislav


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  • 11/28/14--07:24: Event ID 51
  • Hi,

    Of 10 WS2012R2 backing up to either a NAS or a local USB drive, 6 generate the event ID 51 warning (An error was detected on device \Device\<var>DeviceName</var> during a paging operation) during the backup operation. All 6 servers are domain controllers.

    The remaining 4 WS2012R2s do not log this warning, these 4 are not domain controllers.

    What does this warning mean? Can we ignore this warning? The backup jobs run otherwise successfully.

    Thanks

    Ueli


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    I have created a schedule to backup one of my servers using a network path.

    System: Windows 2008 R2

    Backup type: system state.

    When first backup runs everything goes correctly after the second one error message appears saying:

    The operation was stopped. Detailed information:The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process

    Did anyone face with the same problem? 


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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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    Hello,

     If i reboot a domain controller (given the fact i have multiple DCs in my domain), will that cause an issue for users when they are logging in?
    Does this depend on the what operations master role DC has?

    Thanks



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  • 01/03/15--16:01: rotating backup log files
  • I noticed that windows server 2008 has the same event channel as windows server 2012

    Microsoft-Windows-Backup

    with Event/EventData/<Data Name="BackupSuccessLogPath">

    however these log files only seems to get populated (with corresponding log file under C:\windows\logs\windowsserverbackup\Backup-DD-MM-YYY_HH-MM-SS.log) when running backup once (well at least the ones that I've specified and selected files to backup manually)

    but there is no log file generated for scheduled backups.

    why is this the case.

    by the way, this works fine in windows server 2012.


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  • 01/04/15--13:40: Mirror HDD in Server 2012
  • Hello guys,

    I made a windows 2012 Data center R2 server for my business. I installed the OS on a 250GB HDD. Because of reliability issue I bought a new WD 1TB HDD. I want to Mirror my 250GB HDD to the new 1 TB HDD. 
    I tried to mirror the HDD using disc management by converting Basic to dynamic drive. But coz of the size differents I am not able to mirror the HDD now.
    Can some one please help me fix this...
    I even created a complete backup of my server and restore it back, that didn't even work.

    Please Help!!!

    Thanks,

    Emmanual

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    Hello,

    I am running a Windows 2008R2 server which uses Windows Server Backup to do the backups. We are using the backup-tool to create non-system state backups of the data-directories on this machine. The backup is done on a dedicated disk connected through iscsi (to a Synology box). This backup disk has become too small and we have now replaced the Synology box with a bigger one. Here i created a new LUN again for the backup purposes.

    Now for my question; The wbadmin.exe tool supplied with W2008R2 does not offer a way to delete the old backups. I know that in Win2012 (which we we also have running) I could add the new iscsi location and then (when enough backups are available on the new target) use wbadmin.exe delete backup  to delete the old non-system state backups; e.g.

     wbadmin delete backup -version:08/07/2013-21:00

    This (very undocumented) feature of Windows 2012 and higher works quite nice and is exactly what i am searching for on the W2008R2 machine; a way to delete the old backups (and under the hood delete the corresponding snapshots)

    I've done quite a bit of research and it should be possible to do something similar in 2008 but then manually, The howto is described in the following link: http://blogs.technet.com/b/filecab/archive/2009/06/22/backup-version-and-space-management-in-windows-server-backup.aspx . Basically it describes that you should use DiskShadow.exe to remove e.g. the oldest snapshot with a  command like :

    Delete shadows OLDEST \\?\Volume{7fc1871b-2e1f-11dd-a339-001e4fb7af35}

    Windows Server backup (wbadmin) should then on the next run 'see' this deletion and update its list of available backups:

    "You can perform the same steps manually to delete backups on demand. However, the backup catalog update cannot be done manually and it will happen instead during the next backup."

    I've done this on our box and it indeed removes the shadows from the list. However, in the Windows Backup 'dashboard' it still lists the backups as available. Also after a new backup has finished (according the the article this is when it should 'update' its backup catalog). When I try to restore a backup from a date that i just removed it gives a nice message that this is impossible because the snapshot is not available (duh :)) ;

    Unable to browse Local disk. The shadow copy of the backup stored on the backup destination cannot be found.

    So it seems that the aforementioned method works; it removes the snapshot and frees diskspace, but it doesn't update the Windows Backup catalog. As a result the management tool (GUI) still lists the backups which are no longer available! How can i change this? Is there any way to do this? I found one article which mentions that the Dashboard bases its screen on the Windows Logs and not on the actual VSS snapshots available: http://forum.wegotserved.com/index.php/topic/23757-start-afresh-with-server-backup/ (WHS) In my situation however this seems unlikely because i don't have any logs that date back as far as my backups go.

    In my opinion this is a real bug and it leaves us with a in-consequent backup schema. Does anyone have similar situations or even a solution to my problem?

    Kind Regard, Martin



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    Hi,

    We are backing up a Server 2012 R2 Essentials machine's files and folders, using Windows Server Backup, to an external hard drive. That backup drive is now 84% full. It is my understanding that Windows Server Backup will automatically delete old backups when necessary, but does anybody know at what point that happens? When the target reaches 90%?

    Thanks.


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    This may be a dumb question, but I can't seem to find any definitive information after having done many, many searches.  Short question is - can Windows Server Backup spread a single backup job across multiple disks if they are not in a storage pool or some other RAID/JBOD structure?

    Background:

    I'm running Server 2012 Essentials with all Windows Updates installed.  I have been backing up approx 2.8TB of data (Bare Metal Recovery, C:, S: (shared folders), and system reserved) for the past year+ onto a storage pool made up of two-2TB external USB drives.  Backup is slow (takes approx 1.5 days to complete), but generally works.  Not surprisingly I was constantly getting capacity low messages so I decided to increase my backup storage pool by adding a 3TB drive and another spare 750GB drive for a total of 7.75TB.  Instead of having four separate external USB enclosures, I bot a 4-bay enclosure - Startech.com model #S3540BU33E to simplify this (or so I thought!).

    The first problem I had was adding the two new drives to the existing storage pool. I think that is because the Startech uses a JMicron USB controller that reports identical uniqueid's for all drives so only one shows up in the GUI interface for creating storage pools. After doing research on this, I set up a new storage pool and virtual disk using all four drives via Powershell and thought I was good. However, when the backup ran, it failed after filling the first drive, saying there was no remaining capacity. In reality there were three remaining empty drives and there storage pool reported almost 5TB of avail capacity. I assumed this was due to the identical uniqueid issue so I decided to try a different tactic.

    Instead of using a storage pool that combines all four disks into one virtual disk, I just added each of them to Windows Server Backup as individual drives thinking it would manage them collectively. I.e., when a drive filled up during a particular backup, it would just start using the next drive and so on. Apparently this was a foolish assumption because the backup failed again as soon as the first disk filled up.

    So now I don't know if this is still an issue with the identical uniqueid's or if Server Backup actually can't spread a single backup across multiple individual drives that aren't in a pool or other virtual disk implementation. Hence, my original question.

    My guess is that it does *not* spread them across individual disks, but I just wanted to get confirmation.

    Thanks


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    I have a 2 node Hyper V Cluster backed up via Veeam Off-Host Proxy. I've already logged, without answer, a thread about the Off-Host Proxy server randomly (I guess) creating new duplicate iSCSI connections.

    Today I have a single VM that won't backup. On inspection through the hosting servers Application Log I see a high amount of VSS errors being logged which I believe is possibly related to the iSCSI issue being logged by the SAN.

    I'm not sure how to "show" the issue without a giant wall of the events but there is like half a dozen different events being logged when whatever this is is happening. For instance as well last night 60/61 VMs backed up find, but these errors were logged constantly while the backup ran...

    The question as well is is this a Windows/VSS issue, a Veeam issue or a Equallogic issue?

    Also how do I find what '\\?\Volume{06fba49e-9519-11e4-80cc-000af75dc050}\'. actually is?

    In order of how they come I guess:

    Log Name:      Application
    Source:        VSS
    Date:          6/01/2015 7:28:19 AM
    Event ID:      8229
    Task Category: None
    Level:         Warning
    Keywords:      Classic
    User:          N/A
    Computer:      HOST02.domain.private
    Description:
    A VSS writer has rejected an event with error 0x800423f3, The writer experienced a transient error.  If the backup process is retried,
    the error may not reoccur.
    . 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. 

    Operation:
       PrepareForSnapshot Event

    Context:
       Execution Context: Writer
       Writer Class Id: {66841cd4-6ded-4f4b-8f17-fd23f8ddc3de}
       Writer Name: Microsoft Hyper-V VSS Writer
       Writer Instance ID: {881f5207-f769-4b40-986a-c6bd56d8aa1e}
       Command Line: C:\Windows\system32\vmms.exe
       Process ID: 3268

    Log Name:      Application
    Source:        VSS
    Date:          6/01/2015 7:29:31 AM
    Event ID:      8193
    Task Category: None
    Level:         Error
    Keywords:      Classic
    User:          N/A
    Computer:      HOST02.domain.private
    Description:
    Volume Shadow Copy Service error: Unexpected error calling routine Error calling CreateFile on volume '\\?\Volume{06fba49e-9519-11e4-80cc-000af75dc050}\'.  hr = 0x80070037, The specified network resource or device is no longer available.


    Operation:
       Check If Volume Is Supported by Provider

    Context:
       Execution Context: Coordinator
       Provider ID: {d4689bdf-7b60-4f6e-9afb-2d13c01b12ea}
       Volume Name: \\?\Volume{06fba49e-9519-11e4-80cc-000af75dc050}\

    Log Name:      Application
    Source:        EqualLogic
    Date:          6/01/2015 7:29:43 AM
    Event ID:      4001
    Task Category: VSS
    Level:         Error
    Keywords:      Classic
    User:          N/A
    Computer:      HOST02.domain.private
    Description:
    iSCSI logout error 0xEFFF0040 from target NULL.

    Log Name:      Application
    Source:        VSS
    Date:          6/01/2015 7:29:43 AM
    Event ID:      12293
    Task Category: None
    Level:         Error
    Keywords:      Classic
    User:          N/A
    Computer:      HOST02.domain.private
    Description:
    Volume Shadow Copy Service error: Error calling a routine on a Shadow Copy Provider {d4689bdf-7b60-4f6e-9afb-2d13c01b12ea}. Routine details OnLunStateChange(\\?\mpio#disk&ven_eqlogic&prod_100e-00&rev_7.0_#1&7f6ac24&0&363846433631363644434545463233334146344141353632363038303136#{53f56307-b6bf-11d0-94f2-00a0c91efb8b}) failed with error 0xefff0040 [hr = 0xefff0040]. 

    Operation:
       Notifying hardware provider to free a drive
       Break with LUN mask
       Delete Shadow Copies
       Processing PostFinalCommitSnapshots
       Executing Asynchronous Operation

    Context:
       Volume Name: \\?\mpio#disk&ven_eqlogic&prod_100e-00&rev_7.0_#1&7f6ac24&0&363846433631363644434545463233334146344141353632363038303136#{53f56307-b6bf-11d0-94f2-00a0c91efb8b}
       Volume Name: \\?\Volume{06fba49e-9519-11e4-80cc-000af75dc050}
       Snapshot ID: {3091377b-2e26-43ed-a11b-f31adbde0b1f}
       Execution Context: Provider
       Provider Name: Dell EqualLogic VSS HW Provider
       Provider Version: 4.7.1
       Provider ID: {d4689bdf-7b60-4f6e-9afb-2d13c01b12ea}
       Snapshot Context: 4194336
       Provider Name: Dell EqualLogic VSS HW Provider
       Provider Version: 4.7.1
       Provider ID: {d4689bdf-7b60-4f6e-9afb-2d13c01b12ea}
       Current State: DoSnapshotSet

    Log Name:      Application
    Source:        VSS
    Date:          6/01/2015 7:29:43 AM
    Event ID:      12293
    Task Category: None
    Level:         Error
    Keywords:      Classic
    User:          N/A
    Computer:      HOST02.domain.private
    Description:
    Volume Shadow Copy Service error: Error calling a routine on a Shadow Copy Provider {d4689bdf-7b60-4f6e-9afb-2d13c01b12ea}. Routine details could not free LUN [hr = 0x8004230f, The shadow copy provider had an unexpected error while trying to process the specified operation.
    ]. 

    Operation:
       Break with LUN mask
       Delete Shadow Copies
       Processing PostFinalCommitSnapshots
       Executing Asynchronous Operation

    Context:
       Volume Name: \\?\Volume{06fba49e-9519-11e4-80cc-000af75dc050}
       Snapshot ID: {3091377b-2e26-43ed-a11b-f31adbde0b1f}
       Execution Context: Provider
       Provider Name: Dell EqualLogic VSS HW Provider
       Provider Version: 4.7.1
       Provider ID: {d4689bdf-7b60-4f6e-9afb-2d13c01b12ea}
       Snapshot Context: 4194336
       Provider Name: Dell EqualLogic VSS HW Provider
       Provider Version: 4.7.1
       Provider ID: {d4689bdf-7b60-4f6e-9afb-2d13c01b12ea}
       Current State: DoSnapshotSet

    (Below logged 3 times)

    Log Name:      Application
    Source:        VSS
    Date:          6/01/2015 7:29:49 AM
    Event ID:      8193
    Task Category: None
    Level:         Error
    Keywords:      Classic
    User:          N/A
    Computer:      HOST02.domain.private
    Description:
    Volume Shadow Copy Service error: Unexpected error calling routine Error calling CreateFile on volume '\\?\Volume{06fba49e-9519-11e4-80cc-000af75dc050}\'.  hr = 0x80070037, The specified network resource or device is no longer available.


    Operation:
       Check If Volume Is Supported by Provider

    Context:
       Execution Context: Coordinator
       Provider ID: {d4689bdf-7b60-4f6e-9afb-2d13c01b12ea}
       Volume Name: \\?\Volume{06fba49e-9519-11e4-80cc-000af75dc050}\


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    Dear Support,

    Shadows are configured to create on Mon to Fri every week. Once a spell is over from Monday to Friday, they are not created from next Monday. Am I doing anything wrong? The exact time to start the Shadow copies is at 9:00PM from Monday to Friday.

    In the Event Viewer, I do not identify any trace of error related to VSS, MS Software provider service as well as DCOM services. But at the same time, Service Control Manager has reported in the Event Viewer that the Windows Modules Installer service entered the running state.

    Please suggest if any solution is noticed.

    Ravi


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    Our backups on our virtual windows server 2012 R2 which is hosted on Hyper-V server 2012 R2 have been taking at least 3 hours longer than they used to.
    We use windows Server Backup for nightly backups which backs up to a local volume. We also use a powershell script for the weekly backup which also runs through wbadmin and backs up to a network share. 
    A couple weeks ago the backups started taking 3-5 hours longer.  I monitored them and noticed that they have been taking hours to compact the virtual hard disks at the end of the backups.
    I refereed to the following link about this process and it should not be happening for every backup.
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2524602/en-us

    We installed windows updates after this problem began but its is still happening for every backup.

    What can we do to stop this?




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  • 12/10/14--03:28: Volume shadow copies
  • Hi,

    My server's hard disk partition (compressed NTFS) is of 1.5 TB and it has shared folders on it and Volume Shadow Copies were configured. for more than a year there has not been any problem with the shadow copies. But suddenly it stopped taking the Shadow copies. The data size is now half of the total space. I have freed some space by deleting four oldest shadow copies. still there is no solution. Actual space allocated for shadow copies is 120GB.

    Every day, it is scheduled to run at 1:00PM. In the Event Viewer, I have these messages

    1. At 1:00:55PM, The Volume Shadow Copy service entered the running state.

    2. At 1:00:55PM, The Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider service entered the running state.

    3. At 1:05:45PM, The Volume Shadow Copy service entered the stopped state.

    4. At 1:05:45PM, The Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider service entered the stopped state.

    But if I run the scheduled task, the task is running.

    What could be the reason? Please suggest.


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  • 01/07/15--08:20: NPS VSS Writer
  • Does anybody know how to reset this writer without rebooting the server?


    Tanus


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    I have a server 2012 backup issues. Full bare metal recovery,system status,ESP,drive C every day, back up to a local Drive D, I did not adjust the ESP partition size. But Drive D retain one backup, the disk space is rich. viewing the log: ESP Volume size changed,This may cause loss of older backup versions when backup completes. how to repair ? thanks.


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