Category: Backup

Install StorageCraft ShadowProtect SPX in silent mode
article #1342, updated 17 days ago

As per the docs:

msiexec /qn /package ShadowProtect_SPX-6.8.4-5_x64.msi IACCEPT=STORAGECRAFT.EULA



When ShadowProtect Retention Fails
article #1317, updated 94 days ago

Sometimes, StorageCraft ShadowProtect retention fails. One cause of this, is a corrupt database. There is no such warning in logs. The way to confirm, is to stop the ShadowProtect service, delete or rename SPX.DB3 located here:


to SPX.SP3.OLD, restart the service, recreate both destination and job settings, and test. If the retention policy works, you’ve fixed it. Interestingly enough, when this works, it often will not need manual cleanup of the destination folder, but will take care of much or all of the cleanup of old chains automatically. Does not always happen however.



If StorageCraft ShadowProtect Will Not Install and Rolls Back
article #1303, updated 179 days ago

Try the steps here:

Use the components in the downloadable zip file. Run them thus:

vssins64.exe /unregister
stcinst.exe -u
stcinst.exe -w

If it is needed, the last indicates reboot as well.



Contacting StorageCraft
article #528, updated 2440 days ago

At this writing, here’s the best info:



USB DLM configuration for USB backup
article #415, updated 2605 days ago

This works with USBDLM as USBDLM.ini in the program install folder. You’ll need to set the VolumeSerial items to the serial numbers reported by the ‘DIR’ command in CMD, at the top of the directory listing, for each drive. The idea is that backups run directly to X drive, and then are mirrored (in StorageCraft, with ImageManager) to the Y drives, which are swapped.

; X drive, direct backup destination

; Y drive, the first swap drive

; Y drive, the second swap drive



Restoring in StorageCraft, Choices to Make
article #477, updated 2632 days ago

When restoring a volume in StorageCraft, there are several choices to make. Here is an excellent document.



New rsync for Windows and GUI for Linux
article #449, updated 2698 days ago

Here’s a new one:

Appears very good, does email notification and other helpful things. Nice quality GUI.



Excellent software for backup to server across network
article #418, updated 2800 days ago

Here is Windows and Linux software:

which will backup a system across network to server, via Windows share, tar over ssh/rsh/nfs, or rsync.



Notification by Email for Windows 2008 Backup
article #359, updated 2944 days ago

It is very possible. Here is a good way.

Windows 2008 Backup Reporting by Email

I    Prepare the script.

The purpose of the script is to actually send the email. We don’t use any built-in email capability, because to do so would make configuration much more complicated. The full text of the script is at the end of this document (as section III). You will need to modify the values for EmailSubject and EmailBody to match the site at which the server is located, and put this modified copy in a good safe location on the server.

The script is pre-configured for gmail. For other ISPs you may need to modify the TCP/IP email port number and/or turn SSL off.

This example will use the location “C:\0DCST\bin”, and the script file name “ReportBackupFailureByEmail.vbs”.

II    Insert the script into the Task Scheduler.

1. Open up Task Scheduler, and view the Task Scheduler Library.

2. Select Create Task… under Actions. This gets you here:

Enter a name and description for your new task. Be sure to select the option to “Run whether user is logged on or not” to ensure the task still runs after you log out.

3. Click on the Triggers tab and click on New. Select “On an Event” from the drop down. Choose “Custom” under Settings.

4. Click on “New Event Filter…”. Then, choose as follows:

Select all of the event levels except “Information” and Verbose”. Then select “By log”. In the Event Logs dropdown, open Applications and Services Logs, then Microsoft, then Windows, then Backup, and choose Operational.

Once your end result looks like this:

press OK.

5. Head over to the Actions tab and select “New…”. For this example, the following is correct:

Press OK and OK, put in your authentication, and you’re done!

III    The Script:

' Report Backup Failure by Email '

' Script version 1.0
' Needs to be run by Task Manager, triggered by appropriate events

' Modify lines below only to fit site, server, and email configuration

ServerName = "SERVERNAME"
SiteName = "SITENAME"

Const EmailFrom = ""
Const EmailFromName = "From Name"
Const EmailTo = ""
Const SMTPServer = ""
Const SMTPLogon = ""
Const SMTPPassword = "gmailpassword"

Const SMTPSSL = True
Const SMTPPort = 465

' Do not modify anything further below

EmailSubject = ServerName & ":  Windows 2008 Backup has failed"

EmailBody = "A failure of Windows 2008 Backup has been recorded " & _
		"at site " & SiteName & " on server " & ServerName & ", " & _
		"on " & Date & ", " & Time & " ."

Const cdoSendUsingPickup = 1 	'Send message using local SMTP service pickup directory.
Const cdoSendUsingPort = 2 	'Send the message using SMTP over TCP/IP networking.

Const cdoAnonymous = 0 	' No authentication
Const cdoBasic = 1 	' BASIC clear text authentication
Const cdoNTLM = 2 	' NTLM, Microsoft proprietary authentication

' First, create the message

Set objMessage = CreateObject("CDO.Message")
objMessage.Subject = EmailSubject
objMessage.From = """" & EmailFromName & """ <" & EmailFrom & ">"
objMessage.To = EmailTo
objMessage.TextBody = EmailBody

' Second, configure the server

objMessage.Configuration.Fields.Item _
("") = cdoSendUsingPort

objMessage.Configuration.Fields.Item _
("") = SMTPServer

objMessage.Configuration.Fields.Item _
("") = cdoBasic

objMessage.Configuration.Fields.Item _
("") = SMTPLogon

objMessage.Configuration.Fields.Item _
("") = SMTPPassword

objMessage.Configuration.Fields.Item _
("") = SMTPPort

objMessage.Configuration.Fields.Item _
("") = SMTPSSL

objMessage.Configuration.Fields.Item _
("") = 60


' Now send the message!




Notifications for Windows Server Backup (2008)
article #340, updated 3021 days ago

After a whole lot of looking:

The above requires Microsoft SMTP to be installed, which means no SMTP auth on the outbound — but a solution to that is at hand. Use this Gmail-sending VBscript, as the “action” to the error event list Paul Hite gives us:


and we’re in! I will try to get permission from Paul to rewrite all of this step-by-step in detail. For now, the idea is, we set up a “scheduled” task which triggers on the above event list (and not by a timed schedule). We go to Server Manager, Configuration, Task Scheduler, Task Scheduler Library, Microsoft, Windows, and Backup, and create a new task, beginning the task on an Event, settings Custom not Basic, with a New Event Filter; set it “By log”, and drill down “Applications and Services Logs”, “Microsoft”, “Windows”, “Backup”, and choose “Operational”. Then, set its “Action” is the above-mentioned VBscript.

And if we want a separate notification on successes, we can make a copy of the VBscript with a “success” message, and instead of the above error event list, we just use event 4.