Windows Backup on Server 2008, is very different than previous backup tools provided by Microsoft. It is block-level, meaning that it handles only whole volumes (drives) at once. But it works very well, it has much lower impact on resources. It uses VSS as its basis.
Data difficult to identify, but useful for setting up monitoring, follow.
Service name: Block Level Backup Engine Service
Executable (on 32-bit, default): “C:\Windows\system32\wbengine.exe”
Command-line utility (runs from elevated CMD): wbadmin
Here is a very good file synchronizer, free of charge to all, which does Volume Shadow Copy for locked files:
This works, to back up C drive to \\DEST_SERVER\E$\SHARE, if disk2vhd.exe is within the path:
REM A simple backup system using disk2vhd
REM version 1.3, by J.E.B., 2011-02-22
REM requires 'disk2vhd.exe' to be in the path
REM "DRIVES" can be one drive identifier with colon, multiple separated by spaces,
REM or asterisk for all.
REM "DEST" can be a drive letter or a UNC.
REM Keep most recent 4 VHD files in DEST, delete the rest
for /f "skip=4 tokens=* delims= " %%a in ('dir/b/o-d %DEST%\*.VHD') do (
REM Backup to VHD
DISK2VHD %DRIVES% %DEST%\D2VBK--%date:~-10,2%%date:~-7,2%%date:~-4,4%_TS.VHD
creates one or more Microsoft VHDs, suitable for use in Hyper-V and Virtual PC, from the drive(s) and/or RAID volume(s) of a running server or workstation. Server 2003 / XP and up.
If you run into this, stop the ImageManager service, and delete the file “ImageManager.mdb” from the ImageManager program’s folder. (Don’t touch ImageManager.clean.mdb!) Then restart the service. ImageManager.mdb will be rebuilt, and all will be well.
If the GUI won’t connect, find this file:
and then find an area which looks like this:
<setting name="password" serializeAs="String">
and remove everything between and . Then restart the ImageManager service, and you will be able to connect with no password.