SBS 2011 Windows Server Backup issue
Posted on 2012-03-23
We're trying to use the "Backup Once" Wizard in Windows Server Backup.
Here are the options we select:
- Bare Metal, System State, C:, and E: (our data volume)
- Storage Type: Local drive -- formatted with NTFS, plenty of space for multiple backups
- VSS copy backup
When we go to run the backup, we get the following error:
"One of the specified source volumes has an invalid format and cannot be protected using Windows Server Backup. Only volumes formatted with NTFS can be protected."
The C: and E: volumes are NTFS. In Disk Manager, we also have a volume labeled "OS" which is 9 GB, which is actually FAT32. How did this volume come about? Our main boot drive is RAID 1, we formatted it ourselves in NTFS.
When we remove "Bare Metal" and "System State," we are able to proceed with the backup. However, we then get an error that says "Volumes larger than 2088958 megabytes cannot be protected." Our E: is 3 TB. So we can't backup our largest data volume?
We can successfully do an isolated System State Backup if we run our own script from the command line.
We'd like to be able to do a Bare Metal backup now and then.
Is Windows Server Backup so limited as to be virtually useless? Or is there some way we can use it?