I've got a bit of an issue and need some professional advice. One of our servers ended up crashing and I have a backup of the said server (Windows Server 2008 R2). The backup routinely backed up the OS onto an external HDD that sat on a separate server. Once the server crashed I began to go through the normal restoration steps; boot into recovery mode, enter the repair, and then try to browse for the directory via the network.
Here lies the problem. The backup automatically backed up on the external hard drive to the directory: G:\Backups\WindowsImageBackup\COMPUTER-NAME
When ever I try to browse to that location, I am unable to find any backups. I did some more digging around online and found out that windows doesn't like a directory to sit in front of the WindowsImageBackup folder. I tried using the network to backup as well as manually connected the hard drive to the machine and both did not work.
I have tried using wbadmin to restore as well. Now here is the interesting part. I copied the WindowsImageDirectory up above one directory so it sits as G:\WindowsImageBackup\COMPUTER-NAME. When I run
wbadmin get versions -backupTarget:H: I can see the computer name as well as another machine that is backed up. However, once I run
wbadmin get versions -backupTarget:H: -machine:COMPUTER-NAME I get
ERROR - No backup was found.
I have checked the directory and can verify that the backup is there. I also looked through the XML files and couldnt find a place to change the directory to restore from. I'm thinking this is an issue with wbadmin but I am not so sure. I am certain the backup will work because I had another backup done without a folder in front of it and it backed up correctly.
So is there another restoration tool other than wbadmin I can use for Windows backups? Or perhaps a way I can edit the XML files to look in the correct directory?
Let me know if anyone needs any more info. Your help is always appreciated.