Category: Backup

Windows Backup on Server 2008
article #319, updated 3110 days ago

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

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Free file synchronizer with VSS
article #212, updated 3145 days ago

Here is a very good file synchronizer, free of charge to all, which does Volume Shadow Copy for locked files:

http://freefilesync.sourceforge.net/index.php

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VSS Resources Errors on Windows Server 2003
article #310, updated 3145 days ago

This page has lots of good steps to take:

http://www.storagecraft.com/kb/questions.php?questionid=244

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Back up Exchange 2003 using Windows Backup (NTBACKUP)
article #277, updated 3210 days ago

An excellent article is here:

http://www.petri.co.il/backup_exchange_2000_2003_with_ntbackup.htm

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A simple backup system with disk2vhd
article #265, updated 3251 days ago

This works, to back up C drive to \\DEST_SERVER\E$\SHARE, if disk2vhd.exe is within the path:

REM
REM A simple backup system using disk2vhd
REM
REM version 1.3, by J.E.B., 2011-02-22
REM
REM requires 'disk2vhd.exe' to be in the path
REM

setLocal EnableDelayedExpansion

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.

SET DRIVES="*"
SET DEST="\\SERVER\SHARE"

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 (
del %DEST%\%%a
)

REM Backup to VHD

C:
cd \
DISK2VHD %DRIVES% %DEST%\D2VBK--%date:~-10,2%%date:~-7,2%%date:~-4,4%_TS.VHD

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Create a VHD (virtual hard drive) from a running server
article #242, updated 3292 days ago

The following:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/ee656415

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.

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StorageCraft ImageManager does not find any backup images
article #239, updated 3298 days ago

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.

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Download StorageCraft
article #183, updated 3453 days ago

To download StorageCraft:

http://www.storagecraft.com/software_update.php

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StorageCraft ImageManager won’t connect
article #167, updated 3495 days ago

If the GUI won’t connect, find this file:

C:\Program Files\StorageCraft\ImageManager\ImageManager.exe.config

and then find an area which looks like this:

<setting name="password" serializeAs="String">
<value>rtfopwerfaassa</value>
</setting>

and remove everything between and .  Then restart the ImageManager service, and you will be able to connect with no password.

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