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SBS 2008 Backup 5 Drive Rotation

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Hi,

We currently run a backup using a 5 drive rotation Monday-Friday but every time after the weekend the backup report displays the last backup was the Friday and this does not change from Monday reports onwards and i can see the backup is not running on any days after a full week of backup, to get this back in to routing we either have to re-create or re-run a manual backup which is not the best thing to do.

Is there something that causes the backup routine to stop working over so many days?
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First point of call for troubleshooting this should be the SBS Backup Event Log, hidden away in Event Viewer under Applications and Services logs --> Microsoft --> Windows --> Backup
It's not exactly verbose but might contain a few pointers.
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Hi,

The backup did not run last night and just shows as successful and last date is on the 16th, ive went through the event viewer and any entries for Backup are showing for the 16th and nothing for the 19th, the drive is currently connected and active.

I have set it so that it will only run Mon-Fri to try and resolve as well as usually it would stop on the sunday.

Kind of lost here as to why its still not backing up properly.
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OK, if you open the Task Scheduler and look at the Backup task under Microsoft > Windows > Backup, after the backup has failed to run, what is the last run status code?
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Have you tried rerunning the Configure Server Backup Wizard from the SBS console?
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Re-reading this, it is reminding me of a problem I've seen on a few SBS machines, they were showing general console problems that boiled down to the SBSMonitoringAndReporting database having a funny five minutes, fix for that here.
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We have reconfigured the server backup about 6 times due to this issue still cropping up, after about 6 days the next backup wont run and no error is indicate that it failed to run, it just shows the last succesful backup.

There is no errors/warnings in backup in event viewer, the last run backup is the one from the day before and this does not change unless we do a manual backup which starts it back into routing until after the 6th day again and the same issue occurs the backup just doesnt run, drive is showing as active as well.

Last Event ID ran on last backup is 1/4/14 indicating backup was started, ran and completed succesfully.

The link you have Posted Marcustech we do not have that issue at all.
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Fair enough, that last link was something of a stab in the dark (if you know what I mean).  I'm pretty much out of ideas, I guess you could run the SBS 2008 BPA, see if it flags up any configuration problems.

All I've got left for you is a clunky workaround to use a scheduled task to run the backup from the command line:  something like: "wbadmin start backup -backuptarget:<target> -include:<drives> -systemstate -vssfull -quiet"  or if the scheduled settings are intact, just "wbadmin start backup".

Sorry I can't help you further.
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No Problem, ive currently edited the scheduled task that the console creates for only a Monday to Friday backup and made sure nothing can stop it, will update this post come tuesday if the backup does the same over the weekend.
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Issue is still occuring, the backup will run up until Sunday and then the next backup on the monday does not run, it does not log any errors it just appears as if it doesnt see a schedule to run.

Any ideas?
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Setting a restart every week fixed the issue.
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fixed by self.
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