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Windows 2008 System State Backup failing

Hi there,

Im having an issue regarding Windows 2008 System state backup.   This is the output from the command line:

C:\Users\admin>wbadmin start systemstatebackup -backuptarget:d:
wbadmin 1.0 - Backup command-line tool
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Starting System State Backup [31/12/2009 13:02]
Retrieving volume information...

This would backup the system state from volume(s) C_DRIVE(C:),D_DRIVE(D:) to d:.

Do you want to start the backup operation?
[Y] Yes [N] No y

Creating the shadow copy of volumes requested for backup.
Found (0) files

Summary of backup:

Backup of system state failed [31/12/2009 13:02]

Log of files successfully backed up
'C:\Windows\Logs\WindowsServerBackup\SystemStateBackup 31-12-2009 13-02-12.log'

Log of files for which backup failed
'C:\Windows\Logs\WindowsServerBackup\SystemStateBackup_Error 31-12-2009 13-02-12

Enumeration of the files failed.
The parameter is incorrect.

The following event is also generated:

Error      31/12/2009 12:49:15      Backup      517      None
Backup started at '31/12/2009 09:49:04' failed with following error code '2155348237' (Enumeration of the files failed.). Please rerun backup once issue is resolved.

The most relevant information I could find out there about this is at the following link:


But there are no solutions suggested (short of reinstalling the OS).

Does anyone have any ideas on this?  There is no anti-virus running on this machine, it is not part of a cluster, and it is not a virtual machine.

Thanks in advance,

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Also check this if it applies to you: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/968247

Faraz H. Khan
GunnerNAuthor Commented:
Hi  and thank you.

The link you provided helped a lot.  I was able to use the vshadow tool to locate the problematic registry entry (caused by an Oracle installation) that was using a relative path.  Changing this to the full path solved the issue.

Thanks again.

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