Backup is the most fundamental of data recovery approaches and I have the latest, most advanced operating system from Microsoft (Server 2008 R2) and I can't make backup work!

the situation: I'm running the OS under VMWare, and I want to back the system up to the host's drives. I can access the host via UNC like this:

\\vmware-host\Shared Folders\Thorn

but if I try to back up to it, I can't. it pukes with the error:

C:\> wbadmin start backup -backupTarget:"\\vmware-host\Shared Folders\Thorn" -include:C: -vssFull -quiet
wbadmin 1.0 - Backup command-line tool
(C) Copyright 2004 Microsoft Corp.

Note: The backed up data cannot be securely protected at this destination.
Backups stored on a remote shared folder might be accessible by other
people on the network. You should only save your backups to a location
where you trust the other users who have access to the location or on a
network that has additional security precautions in place.

Retrieving volume information...
This will back up volume Local Disk(C:) to \\vmware-host\Shared Folders\Thorn.
The directory is not a subdirectory of the root directory.

I did find an [old posting (from 2009) regarding the same problem (with no solution). it's really difficult to think after all these updates and service packs the backup is still broken. anyone know wtf?

  • VMware is a company, not a product. I'm guessing you're using VMware Server (yuck), but please specify what product and version you're using. – EEAA Aug 13 '11 at 23:49
  • I think you want the serverrant.com site, it might be better suited :-) – user12022 Aug 13 '11 at 23:54
  • Windows Server's built-in backup tools often prove inadequate. You might want to try something like BackupAssist. – Skyhawk Aug 14 '11 at 0:01
  • @Mile Erickson, indeed. I'm guessing no one must use Windows Backup if it doesn't work! – ekkis Aug 15 '11 at 22:08

Take a look at Disk2vhd. It's a really neat utility that just works and it looks like it may fit your needs as described. It has very little "drag along" requirements - running across a network share is no problem. The side-bonus is that the output format is also pretty VM friendly as well.

  • The VHD backup output is mountable and ready to boot (if you wish and if all the drivers are "happy" with the VM environment). – user48838 Aug 15 '11 at 22:44

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