New Support for Windows Server Data Deduplication in Limited Local Hyper-V Configurations

A popular request from our customer base for Windows Server Data Deduplication has been to support the Hyper-V scenarios (i.e., VDI and virtualized backup) on storage local to the Hyper-V server. This “hyper-converged” configuration uses a single server or cluster for hosting the VDI or virtualized backup guest workloads and dedup is enabled on local… Read more

Safely Virtualizing DFSR

Hi folks, Ned here again. With the massive growth of virtualization, odds are you want to safely and reliably run Distributed File System Replication on Hyper-V, Xen, KVM, or VMware – heck, you may already be doing so. With that in mind, I am here today to save your job! OK that might overstating things;… Read more

Windows Server Backup automatic disk usage management

This blog applies to Automatic Disk Usage management and Version Management for versions lying on local disk. This does not apply to versions lying on Network shares.  Windows Server Backup Overview Windows Server Backup is the built-in backup solution in Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2. By using Windows Server Backup, an administrator can schedule periodic backups of… Read more

What to do when your system misbehave

<This is the 5th article in a series of posts discussing backup and recovery offerings in Windows 7. > Imagine one day you got to your desktop and realized that some programs on your machine started crashing; or you’ve noticed some degradation in your machine’s performance. You’re not so sure when this started happening or… Read more

Volume Shadow Copy (VSS) and Automated System Recovery (ASR) doc updates

This is a summary of recent additions and revisions to the VSS and ASR documentation on MSDN and TechNet. 1. The following new API elements have been documented: a. IVssComponentEx2 interface ( b. IVssCreateExpressWriterMetadata interface ( c. IVssExpressWriter interface ( d. CVssWriterEx2 class ( e. VSS_RECOVERY_OPTIONS enumeration ( f. CreateVssExpressWriter… Read more

Managing backup disk space

<This is the fourth post in a blog series on backup and recovery offerings in Windows 7. > If you’re reading this post it’s likely that you’ve already set up Windows Backup on your Windows 7 PC and running it on a schedule to protect your data and system. However as storage size is limited,… Read more

Recovering your files in Windows 7

<This is the third post in a blog series on backup and recovery offerings in Windows 7. > Many of us have experienced this panic moment when we realized some important files are missing or are accidentally modified, but Windows users who’ve configured Windows Backup (or even those who haven’t) don’t need to sweat, because… Read more

Learn more about system image backup

<This is the second post in a blog series on backup and recovery offerings in Windows 7. > In the last post, we’ve briefly mentioned that Windows 7 offers both the ability to backup individual folders and to create a system image of your computer, and how they could be used to protect your personal… Read more

Protect your files and PC with Windows 7 Backup

Anyone who uses a Windows 7 PC shouldn’t have to worry about losing their files, because Windows 7 provides simple yet flexible backup and recovery solutions that helps protect your system and data. In the coming weeks, we’ll walk you through each step of the process – from configuring backup, restoring your OS, to recovering… Read more

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, we do not document the error codes (HRESULT) displayed by Windows Server Backup. This series of articles clarifies these errors… Read more