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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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    Hi Team,

    I just installed two brand-new servers with the brand-new OS Windows Server 2012 R2. I didn't install any other 3rd party applications. I also didn't change any system settings. I just followed the Microsoft recommendation and installed OS. Then I enabled the Window Server Backup feature. But somehow the backup failed with the error messages in the below screenshots.

    Regards,
    Jun Gao


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    I am experiencing a problem with Windows Server Backup where previous backup versions (copies) are lost if the connection to the iSCSI target, where the backups are stored, is dropped and remains disconnected for a short time.  

    I have configured the Windows Server 2008 server to connect to a QNAP iSCSI NAS device using the built in iSCSI Initiator.  I have also configured Windows Server Backup to use the iSCSI volume as the backup target disk.  Periodically, for reasons not yet understood, the server loses connectivity with the iSCSI device.  When this happens I often find that the backup copies that had existed on the target volume are no longer there and the backups have to start again.

    Today I discovered that the volume ID of the target disk seems to change, without manual intervention, when the iSCSI initiator reconnects to the target and Windows Server Backup is refreshed.  This is demonstrated by the output of the WBADMIN GET VERSIONS command, e.g.:

    Backup time: 18/05/2011 23:30 

    Backup target: Fixed Disk labeled ATEGO-M 2010_03_17 08:29 DISK_01(\\?\Volume{a79ff0ae-2cbb-11df-8798-005056bb11b1})

    Version identifier: 05/18/2011-23:30

    Can Recover: Volume(s), File(s), Application(s), Bare Metal Recovery, System State

     

    Backup time: 19/05/2011 23:30 

    Backup target: Fixed Disk labeled ATEGO-M 2010_03_17 08:29 DISK_01(\\?\Volume{a79ff0ae-2cbb-11df-8798-005056bb11b1})

    Version identifier: 05/19/2011-23:30

    Can Recover: Volume(s), File(s), Application(s), Bare Metal Recovery, System State

     

    Backup time: 20/05/2011 23:30 

    Backup target: Fixed Disk labeled ATEGO-M 2010_03_17 08:29 DISK_01(\\?\Volume{a79ff0ae-2cbb-11df-8798-005056bb11b1})

    Version identifier: 05/20/2011-23:30

    Can Recover: Volume(s), File(s), Application(s), Bare Metal Recovery, System State

     

    Backup time: 14/11/2011 10:53 

    Backup target: Fixed Disk labeled ATEGO-M 2011_05_22 13:08 DISK_01(\\?\Volume{32077493-83cc-11e0-931b-005056bb11b1})

    Version identifier: 11/14/2011-10:53

    Can Recover: Volume(s), File(s), Application(s), Bare Metal Recovery, System State

     

    Backup time: 23/12/2011 20:34 

    Backup target: Fixed Disk labeled ATEGO-M 2011_11_14 17:43 DISK_01(\\?\Volume{c253b27d-0dd8-11e1-bab4-005056bb11b1})

    Version identifier: 12/23/2011-20:34

    Can Recover: Volume(s), File(s), Application(s), Bare Metal Recovery, System State

     

    Backup time: 30/01/2012 09:20 

    Backup target: Fixed Disk labeled ATEGO-M 2011_12_24 10:41 DISK_01(\\?\Volume{62330671-2d51-11e1-b23e-005056bb11b1})

    Version identifier: 01/30/2012-09:20

    Can Recover: Volume(s), File(s), Application(s), Bare Metal Recovery, System State

    You can see that the label (ATEGO-M 2011_12_24 10:41 DISK_01) remains constant throughout, but the volume GUID changes.  I suspect that this causes Windows Server Backup to lose its backup history as it no longer recognises the volume as being the same - although it quite clearly is.

    The question is:  Is this behaviour to be expected?  

    Should the volume GUID change each time the volume is disconnected and reconnected?

    I suspect that it shouldn't.  So, is there a way to fix the GUID so that it remains constant even if the volume becomes disconnected for a short while?

    Thanks


    Ash

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  • 05/05/15--02:30: Backup deletion troubleshoot
  • Hello

    We have a Windows Server 2012 machine that runs a VSS full backup daily using Windows Server Backup to a dedicated partition.

    It's been running fine for close to 2 years now and was automatically clearing old backups when space was needed.

    We used to have about 250 backups available but for some reason even though there was space available it deleted all of them about 3 weeks ago.

    I now have about 15 backups available and again even though there is enough free space it doesn't seem to retain all the backups it should.

    I can't find anything useful in the logs and as far as I understand it there is no way for me to specify the backup retention period.

    I would appreciate any help you can give me in troubleshooting this issue.

    Thank you



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  • 05/13/15--03:37: Windows server backup fails
  • hi,

    We have an issue with our Windows Server backup on our main server. It fails every evening and it shows the drives (5 drives for each day Mon-Fri) to be offline even though we can access the data and restore files/folder. We have tested another backup software with one of our drives and it ran successfully. The event log shows error event ID 561 and 546 "...the backup failed as no target could be found...", Windows/Backup/Operational, Event ID 19 & 49.

    Any ideas what's causing this? As I said we ran successful backup using one of the drives and another software so I don't think its a hardware problem.

    Please note we have tried many solutions found on the internet - with no luck.

    Thanks in advance

    K8


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    We have Windows server 2008R2 SP1 and Sharepoint 2010 web on it.

    It's a real HP Proliant dl360 G7, and we have no 3rd party backup software, hyper-v or MSSQL services on it.

    Backup doesn't work.

    The error:

    The backup operation stopped before completing.
    Detailed error: ERROR - A Volume Shadow Copy Service operation error has
    occurred: (0x800423f3)
    The writer experienced a transient error.  If the backup process is retried,
    the error may not reoccur.

    A Volume Shadow Copy Service operation failed. Please check "VSS" and "SPP" application event logs for more information.
    ERROR - A Volume Shadow Copy Service operation error has
    occurred: (0x800423f3)
    The writer experienced a transient error.  If the backup process is retried,
    the error may not reoccur.

    There is no vss or spp errors in app or system log with the exception of the failed backup job itself:

    The backup operation that started at '‎2015‎-‎03‎-‎17T07:42:40.538000000Z' has failed because the Volume Shadow Copy Service operation to create a shadow copy of the volumes being backed up failed with following error code '2155348129'. Please review the event details for a solution, and then rerun the backup operation once the issue is resolved.


    vssadmin list writers shows the following:

    Writer name: 'Task Scheduler Writer'
       Writer Id: {d61d61c8-d73a-4eee-8cdd-f6f9786b7124}
       Writer Instance Id: {1bddd48e-5052-49db-9b07-b96f96727e6b}
       State: [1] Stable
       Last error: No error

    Writer name: 'VSS Metadata Store Writer'
       Writer Id: {75dfb225-e2e4-4d39-9ac9-ffaff65ddf06}
       Writer Instance Id: {088e7a7d-09a8-4cc6-a609-ad90e75ddc93}
       State: [1] Stable
       Last error: No error

    Writer name: 'Performance Counters Writer'
       Writer Id: {0bada1de-01a9-4625-8278-69e735f39dd2}
       Writer Instance Id: {f0086dda-9efc-47c5-8eb6-a944c3d09381}
       State: [1] Stable
       Last error: No error

    Writer name: 'System Writer'
       Writer Id: {e8132975-6f93-4464-a53e-1050253ae220}
       Writer Instance Id: {0edb5d85-436b-4760-9356-761993b49b5a}
       State: [9] Failed
       Last error: Timed out

    Writer name: 'SharePoint Services Writer'
       Writer Id: {da452614-4858-5e53-a512-38aab25c61ad}
       Writer Instance Id: {cc99d951-661c-4e4b-b3ca-1105c5967574}
       State: [1] Stable
       Last error: No error

    Writer name: 'Shadow Copy Optimization Writer'
       Writer Id: {4dc3bdd4-ab48-4d07-adb0-3bee2926fd7f}
       Writer Instance Id: {abb31773-56e9-492c-be01-9ed5a2cab3b5}
       State: [9] Failed
       Last error: Timed out

    Writer name: 'WMI Writer'
       Writer Id: {a6ad56c2-b509-4e6c-bb19-49d8f43532f0}
       Writer Instance Id: {59b0e1ef-2559-4aae-b939-c6625625ed59}
       State: [9] Failed
       Last error: Timed out

    Writer name: 'ASR Writer'
       Writer Id: {be000cbe-11fe-4426-9c58-531aa6355fc4}
       Writer Instance Id: {13aa0463-dca7-4c47-80c3-2f08b8b006d7}
       State: [9] Failed
       Last error: Timed out

    Writer name: 'Registry Writer'
       Writer Id: {afbab4a2-367d-4d15-a586-71dbb18f8485}
       Writer Instance Id: {94d43bc8-731a-46c5-b5a5-9fc2435746a7}
       State: [9] Failed
       Last error: Timed out

    Writer name: 'IIS Config Writer'
       Writer Id: {2a40fd15-dfca-4aa8-a654-1f8c654603f6}
       Writer Instance Id: {e575d46a-464d-4ecb-9133-fab76de67b6a}
       State: [9] Failed
       Last error: Timed out

    Writer name: 'OSearch14 VSS Writer'
       Writer Id: {0ff1ce14-0201-0000-0000-000000000000}
       Writer Instance Id: {af51423e-51d3-47c1-9933-3ab1a0df276c}
       State: [1] Stable
       Last error: No error

    Writer name: 'COM+ REGDB Writer'
       Writer Id: {542da469-d3e1-473c-9f4f-7847f01fc64f}
       Writer Instance Id: {526c9277-d072-4ee3-b5c7-50f13522a38d}
       State: [9] Failed
       Last error: Timed out

    Writer name: 'IIS Metabase Writer'
       Writer Id: {59b1f0cf-90ef-465f-9609-6ca8b2938366}
       Writer Instance Id: {5e773ca3-7210-479e-b22a-067ad7e1696d}
       State: [9] Failed
       Last error: Timed out

    Permissions modification like in 

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/7309.backup-fails-with-error-message-writer-missing-or-failed-or-timed-out-or-waiting-for-completion-in-vssadmin.aspx

    did not helped.

    Modifications of MinDiffAreaFileSize - did not helped.


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    Backup complete - can not see H: drive any more...Please help

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    Hi Team,

    I have to migrate my Windows server from 2003 to 2008 on which VB/VC++ components are installed. Please tell me if there will be any compatibility issue if I do Windows server 2003 to 2008 upgradation and what all will be required for that upgradtion.


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    What is the solution to get past this Windows Server Backup (WSB) failure and error 2155348010? What is the correct process to have WSB use a 3TB external drive with 4096 sector size as the destination drive?

    I am using a Western Digital (WD) Red 3TB drive in a usb 3.0 docking station as the WSB destination disk with the recommended destination setting (which appears to setup fine, but the schedule job fails after 385gb, so something worked).

    The similar job works fine with WD Red 1TB drive, so it must be the 4096 sector size vs 512 size difference and VHD.  I know there has been work done with 2012 to use 4096 sector size drives, but is this available in WSB with vhdx?  Can vhdx be used instead of vhd with Windows Server 2012 Backup, and how to do it? 

    WD has a Quick Format tool which may work to emulate 512 sector size, but WSB reformats a new disk, so how to use the WD tool with WSB accepting the WD formatting? 

    There is a lengthy discussion at the following post (immediately scroll to the end), but not specific to Windows Server 2012.  What is the MS recommendation for version 2012?

    https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsserver/en-US/5d9e2f23-ee70-4d41-8bfc-c9c4068ee4e2/backup-fails-with-error-code-2155348010?forum=windowsbackup


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    Windows server 2008 r2 is not starting in normal mode but it is starting in safe mode

    so is there any option or possibility to start in normally or repair the window.

    Please help


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    Hi, we're running DPM2012R2U UR6 off a W2012R2 server.

    We're trying to backup a clustered file server running W2008R2 with FC attached SAN volumes. After every volume DPM backups the server goes into a BSOD. Debugging shows me:

    BugCheck 1000007E, {ffffffffc0000005, fffff80001c90b10, fffff880023b4e28, fffff880023b4680}
    Probably caused by : volsnap.sys ( volsnap!VspQueryNtfsFreeSpaceBitmap+2fb )

    Googling around tells me it's not supporting volumes larger than 64TB (none of ours are larger than 10TB).

    Anyone got any ideas?! I've crashed the file server 6 times the last 12 hours and reaaaally don't want them to crash anymore :)

    volsnap.sys is now at v6.1.7601.21854 after I tried to apply a hotfix that seemed to be related. (KB2627052)

    Edit: Actually this only happens when an iSCSI volume is attached to the server - and this volume IS larger than 64TB though it's not apart of the protection group and thus...

    This might be the wrong forum for this - but it's only happening now when we've introduced DPM to the system.


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    Hi,

    We're attempting to back up parts of a Windows Server 2008 R2 installation running under a virtual machine (*). We've tried using the Windows Server Backup that comes as standard with 2008 R2, but haven't been able to get it to work.

    Accessing the server via Remote Desktop, I attempt to back up a folder onto one of my local drives (showing as a network share on that machine) but get "Backup failed to complete" and "The requested operation could not be completed due to a file system limitation". (The share is writable via the server, as I can create and edit a new text file there).

    The Event Log isn't much more informative:-

    The backup operation that started at '‎2015‎-‎05‎-‎18T10:44:13.093750000Z' has failed with following error code '2155348041' (None of the source volumes were backed up.). Please review the event details for a solution, and then rerun the backup operation once the issue is resolved.

    Any hints as to what might be going wrong here would be appreciated- thank you!

    - MM

    (*) Which I believe uses a QEMU/KVM setup, though this was set up by our web host and not ourselves.


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    I'm experiencing consistent Windows Server Backup failures and need some assistance in troubleshooting the problem. The backups usually die about 1.5-2 GB into about a 500 GB backup. The logs haven't provided any real detail other than "backup failed". VSS appears to be working properly. I understand that the trace files can be read by Microsoft support to provide better information. Would someone be able to help me troubleshoot this issue?

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  • 05/18/15--01:09: Error backup task
  • Hi all. We're currently running  backing up our Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2008 R2  through the integrated Windows Server Backup utility (backup to share folder into windows server 2012, in network this folder is available), but backup task failed:

    Request not run because of input output error.

    Event in logs:

    The task end with the following error code: "0x807800C5" (By preparation of an archival image of one of volumes in a set of archiving there was a failure.).


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    I cannot get the server to backup my Lenovo Thinkpad 10 running Windows 8.1. pro 64
    The thinkpad client is a 128Gb SSD top spec tablet and is running the Launchpad program.

    See error message below 

    "This computer was not successfully backed up"

    I have read all the help forums and the best I can come up with is something to do with hdd driver 

    help please 


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    I know for domains that aren't at domain functional level 2012 you cannot recover from snapshots due to problems with USN rollbacks.  With 2012 and newer hypervisor technologies that has been fixed.  

    We are looking at some different backup technologies that use VMware snapshots as part of their solution (Veeam and Unitrends to be precise).  I want to make sure that I understand something correctly.  Snapshots are a problem with Domain Controllers, but if the backup technology is VSS-aware, the USN rollback issues are taken care of.   A more generalized statement would be:  using snapshots on a DC is okay as long as the application taking the snapshot is VSS-aware.  Is that a correct statement?


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  • 05/20/15--05:45: Server 2012 Backups
  • We are just upgrading from Server 2003 where we used ntbackup. As we have <75mb of data to backup I created a schedule to backup the data daily to a usb drive. Each days file was named to the day of the month, ie; Daily01-31 and the external drive was one of a set of 3 drives that were rotated monthly.

    Is there a way to replicate this procedure in Server 2012?

    I much prefer full, standalone backups to incremental backups.

    Thanks


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    I have machines with Windows 2012 R2 Core with Hyper-V role installed which is part of 2-node Hyper-V cluster. I've installed a Windows Server Backup feature on these core servers. I am using another separate windows 2012 R2 machine (with GUI) remotely and tried to perform a "backup once" on my Core servers and receive the error "the parameter is incorrect" as soon as I click on the "backup once" .  Any one experiencing the same issue? Previously I am able to backup the same machines using the same method before I created the cluster. Backing up via powershell (Start-WBBackup) is fine but cannot perform the same steps via GUI Windows Server Backup from a remote machine. see below for error when clicking on the "Backup Once"




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  • 05/20/15--10:21: Windows Sever 2008 R2
  • Can someone help? The computer is running Windows Server 2008 R2 and it recently received this error message: "Windows has encountered a critical problem and will restart automatically in one minute. Please save your work." I ran the virus check and it came back with none found. If there is a solution to this problem, please explain it step by step because I don't have any technical knowledge. Thanks.

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    Hi all,

    I'm remotely trying to configure a Windows Server Backup job.

    We added new drives to the server but we need to ensure that the drive will be getting backed up. So I've tried to edit the current Windows Backup Job and received the following error message:

    windows backup the filename directory name or volume label syntax is incorrect?

    I've tried to research this error but alot of post refer to adding additional backup drives not resolving editing current backup jobs Ive also tried removing old drives but end up with the same error message. 

    Thanks in advance 


    Raghbir Sandhu


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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.  

    Thanks

    Chris


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