Diagnosing Failures in Windows Server Backup – Part 1 (VSS/SPP Errors)

Many customers have asked questions in our forums on how to understand and troubleshoot errors reported by Windows Server Backup. While we document the event IDs logged by Windows Server Backup (for example, see http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc734488(WS.10).aspx), we do not document the error codes (HRESULT) displayed by Windows Server Backup. This series of articles clarifies these errors… Read more

Backup Version and Space Management in Windows Server Backup

This article answers following questions related to Windows Server Backup in Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2: Q1. How does Windows Server Backup store backups and maintain backup versions? Q2. How do I query backup stored versions on a backup storage location?Q3. How do I delete non system state backups created using Windows Server Backup?Q4. How… Read more

Storage Tips: Access-Based Enumeration Hidden Secrets (no pun intended)

Access-based Enumeration allows users to list only the files and folders to which they have access when browsing content on the File Server. ABE was first introduced in Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1, eliminating the confusion of connecting to a file server and seeing a large number of files that users don’t have access… Read more

Ask a question: Windows and Windows Server Backup Forums

We just started a new Forum, directed to Windows Backup and Windows Server Backup questions. Windows Backup forums provide you an opportunity to join a community of Windows customers where you can share knowledge on Windows Backup, get questions answered, and learn from others with backup needs similar to yours. Post Windows Backup related questions… Read more

What is the difference between VSS Full Backup and VSS Copy Backup in Windows Server 2008?

We sometimes get people asking about the difference between VSS Full Backup and VSS Copy Backup in Windows Server 2008.   Basically, for certain applications (such as Exchange), VSS Copy Backup preserves logs and VSS Full Backup truncate logs. Yes, we know, this explanation is not very enlightening per se…   The point is that… Read more

Complete PC Backup (Vista and Vista SP1) / Windows Server Backup (Longhorn Server) and BitLocker FAQ

Are the Backups secured? Yes. The Complete PC Backup (CPC) or Windows Server Backup (WSB) can be only invoked by a user belonging to either Administrators or Backup operators Group. §  Disk: Backups are ACLed to be accessible only for only Administrators and Backup Operators Group. §  Network: By default the Backups inherit the ACLs… Read more

Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) writer updates in Windows Server 2008 and Vista SP1

For Server 2008 the VSS team invested a great deal in hardware shadow copy scenarios which you can read about here . Additionally significant work went into enhancing the APIs for writers and widening their adoption by other applications and components. Consequently Server 2008 has several new VSS writers for Windows components which aids in… Read more