Adding second drive to SBS2011 backup ends with error

Posted on 2011-10-31
Last Modified: 2012-05-12

I have fresh installation of SBS 2011 Standard.
I have configured the backup using 1 USB drive - the backup worked fine etc. , but now I want to add second drive to the backup. When I do that using the "Configure server backup" task in the SBS 2011 console it eventually ends with error: " Cannot configure backup schedule" - please see the screenshot.
I tried to do this using regular Windows Backup controlls, wih no luck.
Any ideas? Error
Question by:pyotrek
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    by:Rob Williams
    You haven't exceeded the storage capacity of the USB backup drive have you?
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    by:Cliff Galiher
    That's a quirk OS windows server backup (and, by proxy, SBS backup.) connect BOTH drives, including the one you already configured, and the wizard will run properly. It is failing because it cannot find the first drive when it tries to reconfigure, a rather annoying design choice, but that is how WSB works.

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    RobWill - no I have not

    cqaliher - WOW - that sound like a bug not a design choice - I will try to have that going as soon as I find another power adapter.(and if I find one)

    So that would mean that if I set up 3 drives at the original setup and one of the drives dies (or is in the off site) I can't add any new device to backup? Weird or what? :)
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    Sorry pyotrek, I mis-understood. I though you added a phiscal drive (a data drive) to the server.
    There is a workaround with the problem Cliff mentioned using WBADMIN as per Philp Elder's blog.
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    RobWill - great solution and on the top of it - it worked! with the exception that WBADMIN assigns its own name to the drive ... and I had such a nice label on it - oh well se la vie :)

    I will share points with Cliff as he pointed in the right direction
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    by:Rob Williams
    No problem, glad to hear you were able to resolve.

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