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Exclude a drive from BMR RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello

    Running DPM 2010.

    I want to use DPMs BMR feature when backing up one of our application servers, but it seems that a large volume attached to this server is included as part of the BMR.  I want to exclude this drive from BMR as I would prefer to backup it up separately so that we can restore individual files.

    After reading the following post, Mike provided a good workaround solution:

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/c9c776c7-a79a-443a-bf48-1ef1e1904cb7/using-the-exclude-switch-for-a-dpm-2010-bmr

    However, further down in the same post, someone suggested against this solution and said that you should always include the –allCritical switch, else BMR will not work properly when coming to recover a server from disaster.  Obviously if I include this switch I’ll be back where I started. 

    Can anyone help with this one please?

    Thanks.

    Wednesday, June 26, 2013 4:54 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

    This is an alternate method if you are uncomfortable with the original solution.

    From an administrative command prompt Run:  DiskShadow.exe - then List Writers - and see what files are on a volume that you want to exclude from critical volumes list by looking at the SYSTEM WRITER output. see what files are on the drive letter of the volume you want to exclude.

    Install this hotfix if applicable.

    980794  System state backup error in Windows Server 2008, in Windows Vista, in Windows 7 and in Windows Server 2008 R2: "Enumeration of the files failed"
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;980794

     

    Then using the information from the list writers output - enter the image paths for the offending files to exclude them from the backup.  Once you do this the -allctitical switch should work.

     

    1.  Click Start , type regedit in the Search programs and files box, and then press ENTER.

    If you are prompted for an administrator password, type the password. If you are prompted for confirmation, provide confirmation.
     
    2.   Locate and then click the following registry subkey:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SystemWriter

    Note If this registry subkey does not exist, please create it manually.
     
    3.  On the Edit menu, point to New , and then click Multi-String Value .
     
    4.  Type ExcludedBinaryPaths , and then press ENTER. Note
     
    5.  Right-click ExcludedBinaryPaths , and then click Modify .
     
    6.  In the Value data box, type all binary paths that should be excluded from the system state backup operation, and then click OK .

    Note The binary paths should be absolute paths. They should not include environment variables (such as %windir%) and should not be enclosed in double or single quoation marks.
     
    7.  Exit Registry Editor.


    Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread. Regards, Mike J. [MSFT] This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.

    Wednesday, June 26, 2013 9:42 PM
    Moderator

All replies

  • Hi,

    This is an alternate method if you are uncomfortable with the original solution.

    From an administrative command prompt Run:  DiskShadow.exe - then List Writers - and see what files are on a volume that you want to exclude from critical volumes list by looking at the SYSTEM WRITER output. see what files are on the drive letter of the volume you want to exclude.

    Install this hotfix if applicable.

    980794  System state backup error in Windows Server 2008, in Windows Vista, in Windows 7 and in Windows Server 2008 R2: "Enumeration of the files failed"
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;980794

     

    Then using the information from the list writers output - enter the image paths for the offending files to exclude them from the backup.  Once you do this the -allctitical switch should work.

     

    1.  Click Start , type regedit in the Search programs and files box, and then press ENTER.

    If you are prompted for an administrator password, type the password. If you are prompted for confirmation, provide confirmation.
     
    2.   Locate and then click the following registry subkey:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SystemWriter

    Note If this registry subkey does not exist, please create it manually.
     
    3.  On the Edit menu, point to New , and then click Multi-String Value .
     
    4.  Type ExcludedBinaryPaths , and then press ENTER. Note
     
    5.  Right-click ExcludedBinaryPaths , and then click Modify .
     
    6.  In the Value data box, type all binary paths that should be excluded from the system state backup operation, and then click OK .

    Note The binary paths should be absolute paths. They should not include environment variables (such as %windir%) and should not be enclosed in double or single quoation marks.
     
    7.  Exit Registry Editor.


    Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread. Regards, Mike J. [MSFT] This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.

    Wednesday, June 26, 2013 9:42 PM
    Moderator
  • Hi Mike,

    Thank you for taking the time to respond and apologies for my late reply. I'm going to give this a go, thank you for providing me with a solution.

    • Edited by Al- Monday, July 1, 2013 9:01 AM Incorrect characters
    Monday, July 1, 2013 8:59 AM