DFS, DPM and System State problems RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,

    I have 3 Hyper-V server running various guest servers. All guests are Windows 2008 R2 and all are backed up using DPM. All servers backup fine with DPM except the 2 Remote Desktop Servers and I have identified that this is because they are running DFS.

    The only way I can get WSB to backup System State on the RDS servers is to stop the DFS service. This is not really a viable option (especially not when I'm trying to use DPM).

    So my question is - how do I backup System State and BMR data on servers running DFS?

    Monday, July 2, 2012 10:13 AM


  • Hi,

    If you run local SystemState or BMR backup from command line, do the backups also fail ? 

    wbadmin.exe start systemstatebackup -backuptarget:C:
    wbadmin.exe start backup -allcritical -backuptarget:\\server\bmrshare

    If yes, and If the error isn't self expainatory, please open a thread in the Windows backup group concerning the wbadmin error.

    As a workaround, you can use pre and post backups scripts to stop / start DFS service. 

    Using Pre-Backup and Post-Backup Scripts


    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    <ScriptConfiguration xmlns:xsi=""
    <DatasourceScriptConfig DataSourceName="System Protection ">     
    <PreBackupScript>C:\StopDFS.cmd </PreBackupScript>
    <PostBackupScript>C:\StartDFS.cmd </PostBackupScript>

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    Monday, July 2, 2012 10:27 PM