Server 2008 r2 system state backup: too big

Posted on 2011-10-24
Last Modified: 2015-04-03
it seems that wbadmin insists on backing up program files and large chucks of the C drive for a system state backup. I just want a regular old system state backup (in 03 it took up half a gb; in 08 it's 10gb).
We don't have the space or time for 10gb system state backups. What can we do? (No one here knows the slightest bit about PowerShell by the way)

Thanks for any info.
Question by:lpar1
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    See here:

    It is a "regular old system state backup".  It's just that the install for W2k8 is so large and the new version of a "system state" backup takes up a lot more space due to the increased space W2k8 takes.

    Reason for SSB size increase

    The job of System State Backup is to protect the system, especially the system binaries. The size of the OS install (hence OS binaries) has increased from around 1 GB in w2k3 to roughly 10 GB W2k8. This means more files to backup and hence the SSB size has also increased proportionally.

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    Thank you so much. Though that is going to complicate matters LOL. There is a lot to learn.

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