We are a small office running Windows Server Essentials 2012R2, and server dashboard stopped working. It's not showing users or devices connected to the server.
Server backup also stopped working.
This happened before and we resolved it by deleting the server backup catalog as suggested in the post here. Other options didn't work.
Since then we started using folder redirection to reduce the number of computers we use, so server backup is more important then before. As I understand from this, catalog is stored on the server itself and backup drive, so using:
wbadmin delete catalog
should only delete the catalog located on the server and we should be able to reattach the drive and recover the catalog from it?
To test this I've tried using
wbadmin restore catalog -backupTarget:f
before actually deleting it, but this ends with the following error
ERROR - The specified backup location could not be found or is not a supported backup storage location.
Microsoft documentation is not really clear should I use mount point as backup location, or should I use the full path, so I tried using F:\WindowsImageBackup\server-name and F:\WindowsImageBackup\ with parameter -machine:server-name, but I get the same error every time.
Losing this backup is not really critical, but I would like to resolve this in a less destructive manner than before.
So can I delete the catalog (thus fixing the management service and backup problems), and restore it from the backup drive or do I have to say goodbye to may backup, again?