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  • Question

  • Does native WSE 2016 backup backup incrementally after the first full backup? It seems not.

    I have elected to backup all the data. The total amount of data on the system drive is only about 50 GB. I started the backup schedule a few days ago on a brand new internal 930 GB second hard drive. It has already used up 143 GB. At this rate, another few weeks or so and the disk will be full. It seems that it is taking full backups on every job?

    I would be interested to hear from others who may have experienced similar problems.

    Many thanks.

    Sunday, September 15, 2019 12:34 AM

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  • Hi,

    Windows Server Essentials backup is based on Windows Server Backup (WSB). It performs Synthetic Full Backups. This means that the backups are incremental in terms of space utilization on the backup target but they are presented as Full backups at the time of restore.

    In general, it is recommended to choose a drive that contains sufficient space to store your data - contain at least 2.5 times the storage capacity of the data that you want to back up. The drives should also be large enough to accommodate the future growth of your server data.

    In the default installation of Windows Server Essentials, the server is configured to automatically perform a defragmentation once each week. This can result in larger than normal backups if you use non-Microsoft imaging software. If it is not necessary to defragment the server on a regular basis, you can consider of turning off the defragmentation schedule.

    Best Regards,
    Eve Wang

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    Monday, September 16, 2019 8:54 AM
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  • Hi Eve,

    Thank you for your comments. They are helpful. I think the used space on the system drive is under 50 GB, so 1000 GB should be quite sufficient as a backup drive?

    Many thanks again,

    Mark

    Tuesday, September 17, 2019 8:43 PM
  • Hi,

    It should be enough. 

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    Eve Wang

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    Wednesday, September 18, 2019 2:28 AM
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  • Hi,

    How things are going there on this issue?

    Please let me know if you would like further assistance.

    Best Regards,
    Eve Wang   

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    Tuesday, September 24, 2019 8:45 AM
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  • Hi,

    Is there any update?

    Please click “Mark as answer” if any of above reply is helpful. It would make this reply to the top and easier to be found for other people who has the similar problem.

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    Eve Wang

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    Thursday, September 26, 2019 9:37 AM
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