Can the wbadmin command be used to backup folders within a volume that is larger than 2 TB?

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Can the Server 2008 R2 wbadmin command be used to backup folders within a volume that is larger than 2 TB?

I have a Server 2008 R2 server that has a single RAID 5 volume that is larger than 2 TB in size.

Because of this, I am unable to use the built in Windows Server Backup utility to backup either my entire Server 2008 R2 volume. I have tried using the Windows Server Backup utility to backup single folders contained on my Server 2008 R2 C: drive but I am also unable to do this.

I was told that I would be able to get around this by using the wbadmin command line command.

I have used the exact same command on two Server 2008 R2 servers which both have the same folder structure, backup source, and backup path.

This is the command that I have typed in on both computers:

wbadmin start backup -include:c:\windows -backupTarget:\\127.0.0.1\Backup

The result has been that this command line command works just fine on the Server 2008 R2 server that has a 1 TB volume, but it never works on the other Server 2008 R2 server whose C: drive volume in larger than 2 TB in size.

Please clarify for me if this wbadmin command can be used to backup folders within a Server 2008 R2 volume that is larger than 2 TB.
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Well, according to this it should work: http://forum.wegotserved.com/index.php/topic/19082-server-backup-solving-the-2tb-limit/

However, ive never tried this so cannot confirm it.  Also, if it's a limitation of the software I don't see how a command line is going to help?
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Is there anyone who can test this for me and let me know if the wbadmin command be used to backup folders within a volume that is larger than 2 TB?
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To be more specific, here is the exact error message that I receive on the Server 2008 R2 64-bit OS server:


c:\>wbadmin start backup -include:c:\windows -backupTarget:\\127.0.0.1\backup
wbadmin 1.0 - Backup command-line tool
(C) Copyright 2004 Microsoft Corp.

Note: The backed up data cannot be securely protected at this destination.
Backups stored on a remote shared folder might be accessible by other
people on the network. You should only save your backups to a location
where you trust the other users who have access to the location or on a
network that has additional security precautions in place.
Retrieving volume information...
This will back up volume Local Disk(C:) (Selected Files) to \\127.0.0.1\backup.
Do you want to start the backup operation?
[Y] Yes [N] No y
The backup operation to \\127.0.0.1\backup is starting.
Creating a shadow copy of the volumes specified for backup...
Please wait while files to backup for volume Local Disk(C:) are identified.
This might take several minutes.
The backup operation stopped before completing.
Summary of the backup operation:
------------------
The backup operation stopped before completing.
Detailed error: ERROR - A Volume Shadow Copy Service operation error has
occurred: (0x80042302)
A Volume Shadow Copy Service component encountered an unexpected error.
Check the Application event log for more information.

Log of files successfully backed up:
C:\Windows\Logs\WindowsServerBackup\Backup-01-02-2012_23-33-38.log
Log of files for which backup failed:
C:\Windows\Logs\WindowsServerBackup\Backup_Error-01-02-2012_23-33-38.log
A Volume Shadow Copy Service operation failed. Please check "VSS" and "SPP" appl
ication event logs for more information.
ERROR - A Volume Shadow Copy Service operation error has
occurred: (0x80042302)
A Volume Shadow Copy Service component encountered an unexpected error.
Check the Application event log for more information.
 
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I don't actually have any customers with 2TB volumes, I always break them down in to smaller ones to make recovery quicker.
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I know. The problem is that I get new customers all the time who have already had their servers and networks set up by someone else.
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I'd suggest something like BackupExec is your best bet in those situations.
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The problem is that we have already used Backup Exec for 90 days as an evaluation version. The customer won't buy Backup Exec or any other type of backup software such as Microsoft DPM.

So I need to fully meet the customers backup requirements while not being able to purchase any third party backup software.
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You are not going to.  The limitations are the software you are trying to use.

They have no choice but to buy a 3rd party application.
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I have examined the Server 2008 R2 64-bit OS event logs and I don't see anything out of the ordinary in terms of the error messages.

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