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Win2008 - Backup C and System State

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Can someone please give me the wbadmin command to backup the C: drive and system state (in a single command?) of a computer to a remote location (\\server\backup$ for example).
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Here's the Microsoft Reference document for this:  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc742083(WS.10).aspx


Here's something like what you are asking for, you should test and tweek as needed, but should work:

wbadmin start backup -backupTarget:\\server\backup$ -include: c: -allCritical
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thannks but from what I understand from the article this will backup critical volumes but not the system state, u can only backup system state to a local non-critical volume, you can not backup to a remote location.
surely this is a step backwards for 2008?
maybe there is some nice 3rd party software (not crazy expensive) that allows all backup to a remote location - know of anything?
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Sorry, been out sick...

Do you have a USB stick or USB HD laying around?  Then you could just do a single backup of your SysState to the USB device, or if the USB HD is large enough, do the whole backup to the USB device.

MS took an interesting step with rebuilding/redesigning Windows Backup in that they got rid of native support for Tape Devices in Windows Backup.  So you can now only backup to either a dedicated local HD, USB removable, or network location.  Due to the critical nature of System States, they made the decision to not allow those to be backed up over the network - in an attempt to minimize "bad backups" due to network issues.

There are some "2nd tier" backup softwares available...  Yosemite is rather inexpensive, you could also get just basic Symantec Backup Exec... later you can add licenses to backup other systems if needed.  Both will support USB and remote storage locations.
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