Bare Metal Backup Fails, Server 2008, OS Partition not NTFS, Safe to convert to NTFS?
Posted on 2011-11-01
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I've seen this question some what asked, but let me point emphasis on exactly my scenario and the issue that I'm facing.
I have a Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V role, hosting 2 guest machines that are Sbs2008, and Server 2008 R2 with SQL 2008 SP2.
The Server is a Dell Power Edge T710, ordered with No Operating System. I created the Raid 50, sectioned off two partitions, C, and D, drives, and installed Server 2008 R2 on the C drive.
Everything went smooth, the system is up, live and in full production. The problem I'm having is backing up the system or implementing the best strategy to back up the system.
My original goal was to use SCDPM 2010. However, I've come to learn that my Host Machine must be part of the domain to use DPM 2010. Well that causes a problem, because the Guest machines are the Domain Controllers. I don't want to install a 2nd physical hardware box and promote it as a 3rd Domain Controller, both of my guest machines already have that role, plus I don't want to spend money on more physical hardware.
Using the Windows Server Backup that's included with Server 2008 R2, I've enabled the VSS writer, and everything should be a go... but, here where my question lies.
When I installed my Operating system (server 2008 r2) on the C drive I partitioned in the raid array, some how a "OS" partition got created that's "Fat32" and 2 GB in size.
I'm assuming the boot tables are on this OS partition... I'm not sure if Server2008 Install created it, or if it was something that Dell Created (if I remember correctly I created the raid 50 array, and that should have wiped out anything Dell did)...
With this "OS" partition being FAT32, I'm unable to do a "bare metal" backup, because it can't copy the system state, or the "OS" partition.
I've read that people have converted this partition over to NTFS, but I'm very scared/hesitant to do so.
Does anyone have experience doing this? How safe is it? What should I look out for? Could it bring down my entire system, thus putting my company out of production?
I'm interested in getting my "bare metal" backups created, so I can restore the server in the worst case scenario... Ideas and thoughts on how to handle this "OS" partition, and or DPM 2010 would be most welcome.
I went into disk management and assigned a drive letter to the "OS" partition, and there were no files visible. I ensured "view hidden" was enabled, yet still no files. The partition was 2gigs, 1.99 gigs were free, however I can find nothing there. It's showing around 15meg used under drive properties.
There is another 55meg partition with no volume label, not volume type (formatting), and 100% free, 55meg, of 55meg.
Other than those two, everything else is accounted for. Would an empty FAT32 partition keep the system state from copying over?