Windows server 2008 backup and restore
Posted on 2009-04-15
I am having issues with restoring my WindowsServer2008 with WindowsServerBackup2008.
I have used the registry hack to allow system state backup to the C: drive. I then backup the whole C: drive to another machine.
My current test is doing a restore test, but i get the following error message.
Recovery for volume Local Disk(C:) failed. Error: The recovery location for a volume restore cannot be a critical volume.
I can't find anymore information on this or senarios where C: drive is backed and restored.
Out test machine is a VMWare machine with only a C: drive. Usually with our physical machines we have a C: drive and a D: (data) drive. But since this is a virtual machine, we dont care that much.
So, is our C: backup strategy wrong?
If we were to do a C: & D: strategy, would we only do systemstate backup of C: and full backup of D:? In the event of C: corruption of some sort, are we faced with a restore strategy which involves SystemState followed by installing all the program files applications like Sql Server and any associated tools, basically a reinstall anyway?
A last resort we have is to use VMWare to do snapshot type backups and then transfer them to backup tape, that itself is a bit of a task and want to focus on WSB2008 in this forum before i consider that.
Just to make it clear, we backup to another machine and that machine handles the backup to the tape drive.
thanks a lot!