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Windows Server 2012 lost the old backup on local volume


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.

Problem with partion resulting in "One of the source volumes specified has an invalid format and cannot be protected using Windows Backup. Only volumes formatted with NTFS/ReFS can be protected."


We have two new Windows Servers 2012 R2 that I'm trying to set backups on using a script. When I used the -allCritical switch, I get the error specified in the subject. When I look at the partition information using diskpart, I see a 2048 MB partition with no drive letter labeled as System that is FAT32. I was never prompted to my recollection of what file system to format the partition with. Is it safe to assign this partition a letter, convert to NTFS, and then remove the drive letter?


System State Backup Failed on windows server 2008 R2. Need Urgent Help !!


Event Log:The backup operation that started at '‎2015‎-‎01‎-‎18T06:28:26.580441900Z' has failed with following error code '2155347997' (The operation ended before completion.). Please review the event details for a solution, and then rerun the backup operation once the issue is resolved.

Issue :System State Backup Failed on windows server 2008 R2. This is not a VM and Virtual Box and SQL is not present on the system . This is a Physical machine.

I referred to the thread and didn't find the solution. That was also bit similar kind of issue .Can anyone please help me to get it resolved.

Thanks in Advance !!

Backup to another server in domain


Hi there. I've got scenario like this: we have redirected folders of users my documents and desktop folders to one server (SRV1). On the second server (SRV2) we have backup schedule configured that backups users local folders and a company shared folder. I wonder whether configuring backup schedule on SRV1 to backup files to shared folder on SRV2 is the only possible way? We really want all backups to be located in the same volume, not locally.

Thanks in advance.

backup top network drive

guys, we are running Windows Server 2012 R2, any way be can backup a folder to a network drive, the only options within windows backup are attached device, or cloud.

we ran shrink on Winsxs folder, would this impact exchange 2010 service pack 3 installed on win 2008 r2 stan sp1


Hi Team,

unfortunately we have shrinked the winsxs folder from 18 GB to 13 GB in one of our win 2008 r2 sp1 server holding exchange 2010 service pack 3 . Is there would be any impact while installing any new service packs in coming days  or there would be any issue with it now

command used for shrinking the winsxs folder : "dism /online /cleanup-image /spsuperseded" 

the command ran successful.

please help me on this issue.



Can't Backup because of a FAT32 partition that is holding Bootmgr, Boot Folder, Recycle Bin and BOOTSECT.BAK files.


Hey all,

I got a new server that came with Server 2008 R2 on it. I promoted it to a DC and got some other things installed on it.

I fired up a backup and tried to set a schedule but when I add all the drives and Bare Metal Recovery etc. I get a message

Volume OS have an unsupported file system and cannot be backed up. 

So I assign a letter to that partition and I see that it's a FAT32 that holds the Bootmgr, Boot Folder, Recycle Bin and BOOTSECT.BAK files. 

Is it possible to move these file to the C drive so I can delete the FAT32 partition and still be able to boot up and backup?

If yes, please tell me how?

I don't want to reformat the server because I will have to demote it and other stuff...

Thank you

Backup Error 0x80080005 Server Failure on Windows 7 Where is the backup catalog to delete?


I also have the Backup Error 0x80080005 Server Failure on Windows 7.

I changed all of the owner to me on all the System Volume Information files but where do I find the backup catalog to delete?

Thank you,


Kimberly D. White-Fox

my pc can not boot and problem of "Winload.exe"

My pc "acer" has a big problem lately, so I tried to repair it using a Windows CD 7. The problem instead of solving the first problem that was blocking the repair phase of the system, I am falling in another. Now, I can not boot my pc, I get a message of a lack or a damage of file "Winload.exe". I tried to tap the F8 but it does not work.
Will you help me solve this problem? I have very important documents in the PC and I can not format it.
Thank you in advance.

Windows back up failed report


hello technet community,

I currently have a windows server 2003 SBS and have noticed in the Server Management under Backup, several backup failed attempts.

After going over the Windows Server error messages, this is what I found since 01/19/2015 - 01/22/2015:

Event Source     Event Error  Occurrences 



83 times



21 times



7 times

Small Business Server


3 times

The server to the client computers are having communication issues, most are having trouble opening MappedDrive to access the needed excel spreadsheets. – Note: We’re using office 2003.

On the server, all of the client machines have been given access to the MappedDrive, it’s only on the occasional case where the client has difficulty connecting to the server’s MappedDrive; I’m not entirely sure if this is in part because of the backup fails.

Please let me know if the above errors are causing dysfunctionality on both the server back up and client’s access to the MappedDrive to access the needed files.

Thank you,


Windows Server 2008 R2 Backup Fails with error "Parameter is Incorrect"


When i try to take backup of Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Storage server 2008 to External hard drive. It gives error "Parameter is incorrect".

Am taking full Server backup from server backup utility. Backup includes (System State, Bare metal recovery and 5 local drivers). Full back size is 1.2TB.

WBAdmin, empty logs and unexplained failure


Hi Folks,

I am trying, and failing, I might add, to backup a Windows Server 2008r2 to an SMB NAS.  The biggest problem is that WBAdmin produces log files that are empty so I can't tell what is really happening.  No, that's not really true, is it  -- the biggest problem is that the backup is not completing successfully and I have to look at the logs which are empty.  The empty logs are just another symptom of an epic failure to either succeed or describe the reason for failure.  I am hoping I can get some advice.

I tried a minimum backup for diagnostic purposes -- one file.

C:\> WBAdmin Start backup -vssFull -quiet -backupTarget:"\\nas1.tclc.org\Public\backup"
-include:"C:\Test\Junk\Keep\Keep 1.txt"

WBAdmin responded:

wbadmin 1.0 - Backup command-line tool (C) Copyright 2004 Microsoft Corp.


The backup of volume Local Disk(C:) to \\nas1.tclc.org\Public\backup is starting...
The backup of volume Local Disk(C:) could not be completed. Error: The version does not support this version of the file format.
The backup operation stopped before completing.
Summary of the backup operation:

The backup operation stopped before completing.
Log of files successfully backed up:

Log of files for which backup failed:

None of the source volumes were backed up.

The above highlighted log files are empty.  What does "Error: The version does not support this version of the file format." mean?

The event log reports:

Log Name:      Application
Source:        Microsoft-Windows-Backup
Event ID:      517
User:          SYSTEM
The backup operation that started at '?2012?-?09?-?03T19:50:47.861369400Z' has failed with following error code '2155348301' (There was a failure in updating the backup for deleted items.). Please review the event details for a solution, and then rerun the backup operation once the issue is resolved.

Please notice the error:"There was a failure in updating the backup for deleted items".  Who know what this means?

I also tried a full disk backup. Astonishingly, this seems to work.  I STILL get empty logs as indicated above and I really want to see these loges before I believe in these backups.  And, backup should always work, even for a single file.

C:\DfsRoots\Users\Home\sa\Backup Scripts>WBAdmin Start backup -allCritical -systemState -vssFull -quiet -backupTarget:"\\nas1.tclc.org\Public\backup" -include:C: -exclude:T:

Thanks for the help,


2 Sets of backups



on a 2012 R2 Server i want to keep 2 different sets of backups. One on a share on a NAS and one on a locally attached USB raid system.

I have two scheduled tasks, one made with the wizard for the local disk, one with a job that runs this script:

c:\Windows\System32\wbadmin.exe START BACKUP -backupTarget:\\backup\Backup\ -systemState -allCritical -include:D: -quiet  >> "D:\logs\backupLogs_%date:~-4,4%%date:~-10,2%%date:~-7,2%.txt"

My question is: doing like this will i be sure i sure that the sets are unrelated and the full/incremental backups that are related stay on the same medium?

I don't want the incrementals done on local disk to have as starting point the full ones on NAS.

In the event that one medium fails i still want to be able to recover from the other medium.


server 2012 backup


I'm using a external drive to house my backup data, but after using the Windows server 2012 Essentials backup software,

I can no longer see the drive in the computer icon. I have no way to verify that data is actually being stored on the drive other than to take the server's word for it.  Can you advise a solution?

Windows Backup - The backup application coud not start due to an internal error: You must be logged on as an administrator to perform this task. (0x8100000010).


Windows 7 users in my domain are unable to configure or change backup settings.  Users are able to open Control Panel > Backup and Restore, but when they clickChange settings, they receive the error: Windows Backup - The backup application coud not start due to an internal error: You must be logged on as an administrator to perform this task. (0x8100000010).

The same error is received when executing sdclt.exe /configure at the command prompt, regardless of whether the command prompt is launched using "run as administrator".

I've done significant testing, and have been able to determine that the local administrator account is able to configure backups before the computer is joined to the domain.  Once the computer is joined to the domain, the local administrator account and domain users who are in the local administrators group are no longer able to configure backup and restore.  Domain administrators are able to configure backups.

This is a new issue, which began occuring sometime in the last 2 months.  3 months ago, users were able to configure backups without issue, and those computers with backups configured are still able to run their backups and do restores; however the settings can no longer be changed. 

Clearly something in the domain is doing this, but Group Policy has not been altered, and I can find no setting that would be doing this in any case.  Any help is appreciated. 

Can i recover my all active directory domain computers and users from IFM and in-cooperate them in new forest ??


My only Active Directory Server on win server 2008 R2 with one domain controller crashed today. The only backup that i had was IFM media.

So what i have done till now to recover it is a follow

I reintalled window server but this time it is winserver 2012. I added AD DS role to it. Promoted it to Domain Controller. (functionality level is 2008 R2)

On second server i installed win 2008 R2 and trying to add additional domain controller from IFM to recover all of my domain users,computers and GPO's. but i am getting this error

Could not replicate the directory partition CN=schema, CN= configuration, DC=XXX, DC=com from the remote domain

i dont know weather my approach is correct or not

but my simple questions is

Can i recover my all domain computers and users from IFM and in-cooperate them in new forest ?? if yes how can i do that?? urgent help required.

Setting up DFS for my exam


Hi Everyone,

I'm studying for a Network Manager in the IT, and we have exams this week. For the exam we need to set up a complete domain for a simulated company in just 1 week. But the funny thing is that we never used DFS, but they require it.

So our domain is very simple and as follows:

1 DC with DHCP & Exchange

2 File Server

2 Clients (just for testing)

The documentation that our teachers gave us said that they wanted us to make a data partition on the DC and "redirect" it through DFS namespace with the File Server. But isn't it a kind of unlogical? If we need to do it this way, does that mean I don't need to install File Server on that server? Can you guys give me some tips on how to do this?

Thanks in advance!

PS. Sorry for the bad English

Windows server 2008 backup fails



I'm trying to run a custom backup on my old Win Server 2008, I want to replace the C:\ hard drive.  I run the backup and select "Different Options" then "Custom" and then I select "Bare Metal" and it picks:

Bare Metal Recovery

System State

System Reserved

and Local Disk C:

I have a second drive in there that I'll reattach once I get a new C:\ Drive in there.

The backup runs but it ends with two errors in the items list:

System Reserved         shows  Completed.

C:                                 shows  Backup completed with warnings.

Bare metal recovery     shows  Backup failed to complete.

System state                shows  Completed.

In the errors tab it says:  4096 bytes could not be read due to the presence of bad clusters on your hard disk,

and so have not been backed up.  Run CHKDSK /R on the hard disk, and then retry the backup.

Whats the best or recommended way to run the CHKDSK /R ?   Just open CMD and run the command and have

it scan on the next reboot?   I can't lose the drive till I get decent backup ......  I have the C:\ contents but it's also 

a backup DC in my office.



Backups not completing


I have a server running 2012 Essentials. Windows Server Backup is set to run twice a day. The backups are being saved to a VHD file that is mounted just prior to the job and then dismounted after the job via scheduled tasks.

Some of the jobs are completing without error but others are failing saying they completed but have warnings. Here is an example.

Under the Data Transferred column for System Reserved it says 960 KB of 960 KB but under the Status column is says 1% of backup done. 960 KB of 960 KB is 100% so I don't understand why it says 1%. The C: and D: drives and System State have status of Completed but the Bare metal recovery says Backup failed to complete.

When I look on the Errors tab, for both System Reserved and Bare metal recovery the message is the same, "There was a failure while compacting the virtual hard disk on the backup location. Detailed error: The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another file."

I don't understand how this error is occurring. I'm sure it's not a case of the backup drive getting dismounted too early as the backups are incremental and take less than 1/2 hour to run but the time between mount and dismount is 3 hours.

I don't know what other process could be using the "file" nor what "file" it is referring to.

The Windows Event Logs contain even less information than the WSB details so they are of no help.

Anyone have an idea what might be going on? This is not a consistent problem as some backups run just fine including both scheduled times.


Restore VHDX file on Windows server 2012


I took back of my windows 2012 physical server and the file it created is in VHDX format. I have the backup file copied to another location. Now i completely wiped off the array on this server, re-created the arrays in the same form like before. Now how do i get my bare metal server restored to previous state using VHDX file? This is very confusing , there is no proper documentation on how to back and restore physical servers. Any help is appreciated.