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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 want to create a scheduled task to run a batch script with my backup

    I looked in event viewer under microsoft > windows > DeiverFrameworks-UserMode 

    But there was nothing in the logs when i plugged the drive in

    The logging is enabled

    I want to find the event id for when i plug this drive in so i can add it to the scheduled talk

    Or is there a way i can setup a scheduled talk for when i insert the X: drive into the server ?

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    Hi all,

    I have configured windows server backup in my DC and the target path is one on our backup server's network path, everything working fine but recently i have listed my backup details using GET VERSIONS command in DC, i wondered there was only one backup details listed which is the last backup. no other backups are listed. when i checked the backup target path it is showing only one backup. I assumed that all my scheduled time server overwriting old backup. why it is overwriting old backup ? as there suficient space available to store other backups , please guide 

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  • 03/20/15--07:30: Purging old backups
  • I am running Windows Server 2012 R2 ... have been running daily backups of my C drive, backing up to my D drive.  All is good there, but the D drive is starting to fill up.  I installed this server in mid December 2014, so I essentially have about 3 months of daily backups as of 3/20/2015.  My 2 questions are:  What will happen when the D drive fills up?  Will it automatically purge the oldest backup and then complete successfully?  Secondly, how can I purge manually the old backups?

    Thanks for your help.

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    We use Windos SQL server 2008 installed at Windows server 2008.Our organization has workgroup environment. We connect Sql Database through our application.So we have purchased licences ofWindos SQL server 2008, Windows server 2008 & SQL cal.Now we want to know do we need CAL licence for Windows Server also.

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    Many years ago I configured Window Backup to do incremental backups.  But it would regularly start new full backups on me.  This has led to a lot of duplicate backups of files that have not changed.  Since most of what I'm backing up is pictures and digital home videos, disk space has become an issue.  I would like to delete backups that contain files that have already been backed up.  But I can't figure out a way of easily listing the contents in each back up set.

    I even tried restoring a few of them and  then using a diff tool, but this too is problematic in that when I restore to an alternate location, it doesn't just write the files from the selected backup set.  Instead it appears to combine  the backup set I select with previous backup sets to give me all the files that existed at that point in time.

    Is there any way list or, ideally, extract the files out of the WBCAT files?

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    Hi All,

    We've a scheduled backup for windows system state backup which is scheduled to run on every morning at 9:30 AM, the backup is not starting. showing error message as "Removing Deleted Items"

    Can anyone help regarding this Please.



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    I have two Windows Server 2008 R2 systems which I am backing up with the native WSB utility.  Both are VMs under ESXi 5.5 on the same physical Dell R710 host.  Each has its own 2 TB USB connected device which was dedicated to and formated by and for WSB.  Both complete their respective backups without error and have been up for months.

    On system A, WSB reports there are 243 copies available and examining the drive shows there is 288 GB free of the 1.81 TB total.

    On system B, WSB reports there are 11 copies available and examining the drive shows there is 1.33 TB free of the 1.81 TB total.

    My question is, why doesn't system B leverage a similar amount of the drive?

    Thank you for any ideas!



    Newark IT Guy...

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    I have a Windows Server 2012 R2 VM fully updated that takes much longer to complete backups than it used to.

    For example if the backup starts at 5am the backup status details(in the GUI) say it didn’t really start until 5:20am and finished at 6:21am to backup ~325MB to another backup server. In comparisons another VM setup almost identically running on the same server takes under 10 mins to do the same backup.

    If I run vssadmin list writers it hangs for over 10 mins then finally returns me a list of writers with all stable and no errors.

    If I make changes to the backup schedule using the GUI wizard it takes again another 20mins to “Modifying existing schedule” 

    I have tried the following.
    1.Uninstalling the windows backup feature and reinstalling.
    2.Doing all Windows updates
    3.Restarting the server multiple times.
    4.Tried starting in safe mode, but windows backup doesn’t run in safemode.
    5.The server has no other 3rd party software on it(AV or backup for example)

    I saw in another thread about registering DLLs or VSS writers but it didn’t come to that and I don’t know how.

    Does anyone have any ideas on how to fix this problem?


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  • 03/24/15--02:34: Throttle BMR Backup
  • Hi,

    I'm trying to throttle network bandwidth used by WSB when creating a BMR backup. Target is an iSCSI-Volume which is mounted on a server running DPM 2010.

    I tried QoS settings through GPO for wbadmin.exe and wbengine.exe with no success.

    Is there a way to throttle I/O and/or network bandwidth used by WSB?



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  • 03/12/15--09:44: Recover files
  • Hello,

    One of my clients had a Windows 2008 R2 Server and i configured it to backup the files on an external USB hard disk.

    The hard disk has failed and the client wants to recover specific files from that USB hard disk before we make a full system recovery.

    I connected the disk on another PC that runs Windows XP. The systems "sees" the USB hard disk, but when i double click on it it says that i dont have permissions to Access the files. Also, when i right click on it and i select PROPERTIES it says that the disk consists of 0 bytes.

    Does anyone know how to extract the files from the USB hard disk without connecting it on a computer that runs Windows 2008 r2 Server.

    Thank you in advance!

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  • 03/15/15--05:22: Backing Up Hyper-V hosts
  • hi

    I did a loots of research before I post this article but none of them are so clear to me

    I have the following in my environment:

    all servers are running W2K12R2

    I will use [wbAdmin start backup -backupTarget:\\MyShare-include:C:,E:,F:,G: -allCritical -quiet] as a batch file to backup entire Hyper-V node to a remote share every night

    I have decided to test the backups for that I have prepared an additional server I did install W2k12R2 on it and enabled hyper-v role and windows server backup feature and start restoring both Hyper-V01 and Hyper-V02 to it using restore individual VMs successfully then I reconfigured Virtual switches and networks but none of the DC's are replicating ! in both domains !

    any idea or help on this ?

    or somebody tell me Am I doing the backup and restoration right ?

    if not what is the best practice for backing up and restoring all my virtual machines ?


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    I am experiencing problems with Hyper-V backups on one of our VMs which has the Oracle application installed.  I use DPM 2012 R2 but have also tried this with Windows backup which fails as well (hence posting it to this forum).  The Oracle VSS Writer is not installed on the server and the VSS writers which fail (timeout) are the following:

    System Writer

    ASR Writer

    Shadow Copy Optimization Writer

    WMI Writer

    Registry Writer

    IIS Config Writer

    COM+ REGDB Writer

    After initial investigation I have discovered that when the customer runs a script to stop the Oracle processes / services it seems that the WLS_Reports service / processes are causing the problem as when stopped by the script the backups run successfully but when running the backups fail and the above VSS writers timeout (further errors in the thread posted in the DPM forum linked at the bottom of this).  

    I have also noticed that when I stop the Hyper-V Volume Shadow Copy Requestor the backup runs successfully but connectivity to the server briefly times out which is not an ideal solution.

    When the backups fail I get 2 errors in the application log on the VM:

    Event Id 12293, VSS - Error calling a routine on a shadow copy provider {GUID for the Hyper-V IC Software Shadow Copy Provider}.  Routine details PreFinalCommitSnapshots ({GUID}, 5) [hr = 0x800705b4, This operation returned because the timeout period expired.]

    Event Id 19, vmicvss - Not all the shadow volumes arrived in the guest operating system.

    I also get other errors and symptoms which I have posted in the DPM forum here: Backup fails for a Hyper-V guest with VSS Writer failures using DPM 2012 R2 - Hyper-V guest has Oracle application installed

    I know that the fact this server experienced no problems with backups before Oracle was installed and is successful when the WLS_Reports service is stopped would lead people to assume that the cause is related to the Oracle service but I need to know if there is anything from a Windows / Microsoft point of view that I need to be aware of which will help me resolve this issue.  



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    Hello guys,

    I have a 4 node Windows 2012 R2 server cluster, that is used for virtualization. I am running nearly 18 virtual machines.

    We have 4 LUNs presented to the cluster: 3 CSV Volumes (2x1TB and 1x730GB) and 1 Quorum Disk (1GB).

    We have implemented Acronis Backup Advanced for Hyper-V, but we have critical issues with the Backups. The top of the iceberg was a crash of all nodes on the 17.02.2014 just after 18:00 when the backup rotation starts. The evening backups are incremental and are set to one machine at a time (only production machines, that are around 10) and each machine has a 1 hour window.

    We have read, that there was such problem with Windows 2012 and there was a fix, but it seems, the problem is not fixed in Windows 2012 R2 and there is no patch.

    We are running IBM server, that have latest drivers and firmware. We also installed latest patches during the 14-15.02.2014 weekend.

    We noticed that on 2 cluster, the events before the crash are start of VSS service and on the other 2 are start of VSS and then start of Acronis VSS. Additionally, we notice the following event 5120: "Cluster Shared Volume 'Volume1' ('Cluster Disk 1') has entered a paused state because of '(c000020c)'. All I/O will temporarily be queued until a path to the volume is reestablished." happening during backup rotation.

    You may find files with the events before the crash, the bug check events, CSV disk events and a dump analysis on the following link.

    It is crucial to understand, that when we run backup from within VMs, we do not receive and events of the type 5120 or any crashes. We have not tried to run through Windows Backup utility from hosts.

    Please, suggest solutions.

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    I have a Win 2012 R2 server installed on a Dell PE730 box. The box is highly critical and there are lot of configurations in that server that I want to create a full backup and incase of failure of the box, the backup should be useful to restore the box with all configurations.

    I don't use any third party tools for backup - use Windows backup role in Win 2012, also plans to use the Windows feature itself to restore also.

    What is the best method of creating a backup and restore plan. Pls suggest

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    Greetings everyone!

    I got a problem on freshly installed Windows Server 2012R2 Hyper-V host. When i try to run backup using Windows Server Backup and backup one of virtual machines installed and host component of Hyper-V, backup fails. I receive error in Hyper-V logs (event id 16010 - operation failed) and warning (event id 10170 - backup of vurtual machine failed).

    Using Google i found just one advice - restart VMMS service, but it does not help, result still the same. Here is the link to it:


    At the end of backup i receive following message:

    "The process can not access the file as the file is used by another process"

    Any ideas how to fix this? It seems not much information in Internet about such problem.

    Thanks in advance and sorry for my ugly English (not my native language).

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  • 03/27/15--01:49: Shadow Copies Vs. Backup
  • In one of your support document, it is mentioned that creating shadow copies will not be an alternative solution for backup of server data. I need confirmation that each shadow copy contains full backup of the data at specific creation time.

    Also i want to how 1 TB data is backed up in less than 1GB space (using Shadow copies)?


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  • 03/27/15--04:23: Backup
  • Hello Everyone

    I currently have six server :

    2 SQL 2012  servers with always on availability groups

    2 domain controllers with DHCP installed  (To provide domain and DHCP redundancy)

    1 File server

    1 server that has a couple of work related applications.

    I am looking for a good planning and solution for backup

    Is one of the option getting a NAS and using server windows  server  backup to backup entire server images , backup files and SQL databases?

    If windows backup is not very efficient to handle all these servers , what other good third party backup can I use?? And please give me hardware recommendation for getting a NAS (size , price , number of disk…)

    Thank You.

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  • 04/15/13--14:40: Shadow Copy Failure To Write
  • I just replaced my backup USB drive for my 2008R2 Server.  I cannot get the Server Backup program to perform a bare metal backup (or any backup for that matter).  I get the error message:  Backup failed to complete.  There is not enough disk space to create the volume shadow copy on the storage location.  Make sure that ....

    My Server runs on the C: drive.  All files that need to be backed up including all Windows files are on the C: drive. The USB backup drive is E: drive.  It is a 3 Terabyte Seagate Backup Plus USB Drive.  I am a bit confused.  Is the shadow copy stored on the E: drive?  Do I have to create a partition on the E: drive for the shadow copy of the C: drive files to be stored?  The E drive is NTFS format same as the main C: drive.  I set the shadow copy size to 10000 Mg.  The drive I want the shadow copy of is the C: drive, correct?

    Under disk management my C: drive has a 100Mg partition (System Reserved) and a 931Gig partition.  The E: drive shows a 2794Gig Partition.  All NTFS format.  My C drive is Raid (Mirror).  So can someone tell me what I am doing wrong or what I am missing?  My backup on the old drive was working fine but I thought it time to upgrade.  Also, since this E: drive is so huge can I partition it so that 1/2 works for bare metal backup and 1/2 works for my other backup needs?

    Thanks for your help. We have a music store on the Commons Campus in the SubMixer. We are just across from Tech Link. But those guys don't work on servers ...

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    i have 1 TB USB HDD attached to windows 2008 r2 on which i was taking backup for 6 months now i want to move the WindowsImageBackup to new HDD but when i copy the folder it only copies latest backup but not all the incremental copies.

    how can i copy the WindowsImageBackup folder with all the incremental copies.


    Shujaath Ahmed

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    Hi ...

    I'm A DBA, the Microsoft provide support for Shared VHDX in 2012. As you know we can run Windows Failover cluster on shared VHDX. Some backup software is taking backup of these VMs under some limitation like cannot use snapshots.

    One of these limitation is using VAEEM. they backup VMs in crash-consistent state which mean simply an image can be compared to the state of a VM that has been manually reset. Unlike offline backup,  I don't know  if this is O.k with Microsoft SQL server backup

    I would like to hear from Microsoft as shared VHDX is a MS technology.

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