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Have a client Using windows server backup in windows server 2008 R2 64 bit

When I go into the backup schedule I only have the option to Modify the backup or stop the backup so is this only good for 1 backup job? You can set multiple jobs and schedules?

Also they are backing up to a usb connected hard drive of the water and fireproof type.
There is a option for full server backup and custom and now they have it set to custom. Is full server a image file?

 Custom has the D: drive which is where all the critical data is stored and it has system state. What is system state?

It is also set to backup to a disk that is dedicated for backups. Is this why the water/fire proofusb drive does not show up in the my computer area with all other drives?

The usb drive is 900 GB and they are currently doing a full backup of these files every night so it is almost full. When it is full will it write over the oldest backup or just fail to backup? What is the best way to delete some of these backups?

It would be good to backup the way they are currently but also do the full server backup also which appears to be a image but I see no way to have both?

If I choose the backup once option and choose full server it says the size will be 931 GB which is the size of the entire raid array and it is only about 20% used so will the backup really be this big? Or is that just the possible size? Or is it backing up free space/ sectors?  When choosing full server under scheduled backup says it only requires 56.2 GB of space?

When choosing custom backups when setting up the scheduled backup there is a advanced button which has 2 tabs exclusions and VSS settings which has VSS full backup and VSS copy backup. I don’t really understand the difference from the description given. Can someone clarify?
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That is a lot of questions!

1. Yes but you need to use the command line version rather than the GUI (http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/windowsbackup/thread/2a3381aa-7ea7-4327-8da6-121cdfca3ccf/)

2. Yes, using the .vhd format which can be mounted under disk management

3. System state is the current boot/os state of the server and if backing up allows you to restore the server 'as is' rather than just data files

4. Yes, the drive is reserved for Windows Server Backup

5. It will overwrite the oldest backup

6. You could do it manually to another location (not the reserved drive)

7. That might be Server Backup looking to backup the backup disk! Check what drives are checked when you select Full Server Backup

8. VSS Backup deletes the logs of some applications when the backup is completed and VSS Copy does not. This blog explains better than I can http://blogs.technet.com/b/filecab/archive/2008/05/21/what-is-the-difference-between-vss-full-backup-and-vss-copy-backup-in-windows-server-2008.aspx

Hope this helps
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