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How do I backup System State of a Windows Vista / 2008 server?
Geplaatst door Ron Randasche op 04 August 2009 11:00 AM
  1. Product Version:
  2. AhsayOBM: Post-5.5.3.0
    OS: Windows Vista / 2008
  3. Description:
  4. How do I backup System State of a Windows Vista / 2008 server?

    Notes:
    You must be running Windows Vista Ultimate, Business, or Enterprise
  5. Steps:
  6. To backup the System State on a Windows Vista / 2008 server, the following steps are required:

    1. Using the WBAdmin.exe tool to spool the System State data on the client Windows Vista / 2008 server (Pre-backup command)
    2. Backup the System State data from the client Windows Vista / 2008 server onto AhsayOBS server


    Assumptions:
    The following assumptions are made:

    1. The Windows Server Backup Components has been installed on the corresponding server

      If the Windows Server Backup Components has not been installed on the corresponding Windows Vista / 2008 server, please refer to the following URL for instructions: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc770266.aspx

    2. Windows is installed on C:\, the System State backup data will be spooled to the F:\ drive


    Instructions:
    Unlike System State backup in previous version of Windows (e.g. 2000, XP, 2003, which can be performed with the AhsayOBM built-in System State backup module), System State backup in Windows Vista / 2008 is performed through a command line backup utility called WBAdmin.exe.

    To perform a System State backup on a Windows Vista / 2008 server, please refer to the following instructions:

    1. Open a command prompt


    2. Enter the following command, the initial System State backup of the Windows Vista / 2008 server will be performed afterward:

      Example:
      >wbadmin start SystemStateBackup -backuptarget:F: -quiet

      Alternatively, you can also use the following command to direct the logs into a text file (e.g. backupLogs.txt) instead the backup report:

      Example:
      >wbadmin start SystemStateBackup -backuptarget:F: -quiet >> C:\backupLogs.txt

      Notes:
      In the example above, the System State backup data will be spooled to the F:\ directory.

      The backup destination (e.g. -backuptarget) of the System State backup data must be a non-critical drive. Furthermore, the location specified as the backup destination must be set to the root of the drive. You cannot specify the backup destination as F:\temp, it has to be F:\.


    3. Open the AhsayOBM console, create a file backup set for the System State backup under the AhsayOBM console


    4. Select the WindowsImageBackup folder (e.g. F:\WindowsImageBackup) generated by WBAdmin as backup source


    5. Accept the default encryption settings by pressing the [OK] button if no change is necessary


    6. Press the [Add] button under the Pre-Backup section on the right panel, specify the working directory to C:\ and enter the pre-command similar to the example as shown below:

      Example:
      >wbadmin start SystemStateBackup -backuptarget:F: -quiet

      Example in AhsayOBM:


      Alternatively, you can also use the following command to direct the logs into a text file (e.g. backupLogs.txt) instead the backup report:

      Example:
      >wbadmin start SystemStateBackup -backuptarget:F: -quiet >> C:\backupLogs.txt


    7. Press the [OK] button to save this setting


    The System State backup of the Windows Vista / 2008 server can now be backed up by pressing the [Backup] button on the AhsayOBM console. Please consider the following before performing the initial System State backup for your Windows Vista / 2008 server:

    • The System State backup performed above is not the same as the MS Windows System backup module of AhsayOBM.

    • The System State backup of a Windows Vista / 2008 server is considerably larger than the same backup on a Windows 2003 server, the average size is around 11GB.

    • WBAdmin creates the dump files and folders with distinct names during each backup. For every backup job, the file/folder names of the dump are different and also the file/folder names have to be preserved as created by WBAdmin for the backup data to be restorable. Thus, please be reminded that no In-file Delta can be applied onto the System State data.

      Example:
       

    • For more information on WBAdmin, please refer to the following URL: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc742035.aspx
  7. Workaround:
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  9. Also See:
  10. You can actually enable System State backup to critical volumes. However, such modification is not recommended:

    "Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly by using Registry Editor or by using another method. These problems might require that you reinstall the operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that these problems can be solved. Modify the registry at your own risk."

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/944530/en-us
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