Windows Backups Failing with Associated VSS 8193 Errors

  Hi, this is Michael Koeppl again. I’m with the Premier Mission Critical (PMC) Team and assisting customers when they hit OS issues in their critical infrastructure, and today I wanted to talk with you about an interesting Windows Backup issue I encountered. My customer realized that his System State Backups ( on one of… Read more

Pre-seeding Hyper-V Backups in DPM

Hi folks, it's me, Heyko and I'm a Premier Field Engineer for Virtualization in Germany. A few days ago a customer asked me if it is possible to pre-seed a Hyper-V VM Backup in Data Protection Manager 2012 R2. First of all a few words about Data Protection Manager. System Center Data Protection Manager or… Read more

Active Directory Risk Assessments – Lessons and Tips from the Field – Volume #1?

Greetings – Hilde here to pass along some wisdom for AD shops everywhere. Recently, I was part of a conversation with a handful of true Active Directory rock-stars here in Premier Field Engineering who have done a lot of AD Risk Assessment Program (RAP) deliveries. As a reminder, the “RAP as a Service” delivery includes a very… Read more

Can you really backup Windows Server 2012 to Windows Azure?

Some have noticed that my posts over the last few months have a focus on Windows Server 2012 storage features.  (In case you’re new to the Ask PFE Platforms blog, I’ll include links to those at the end of this post.)  On a typical day I’m not obsessed with storage.  However, I just couldn’t help but blog… Read more

VSS timeouts during backup? What could contribute to that?

Volume Snapshot Services (VSS) was and remains a good addition to the Windows OS. Without going into a lot of detail, this technology coordinates various components to ensure stable point-in-time backups even while applications may be running. Typically, this occurs successfully with only minimal interruption to the application. On occasion there can be problems taking… Read more