wbadmin  Volume Shadow Copy Service operation error

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I am trying to backup Server 2008 to do a bare metal restore on a upgraded computer.
here is my command line:

C:\Users\Administrator>wbadmin start backup -backupTarget:D: -include:C: -allCri
tical -vssFull -quiet > c:\backuplog.txt

Here is the result:

wbadmin 1.0 - Backup command-line tool
(C) Copyright 2004 Microsoft Corp.

Retrieving volume information...

This would backup volume Rpro(R:),Local Disk(C:) to D:.

Backup to D: is starting.

Creating the shadow copy of volumes requested for backup.

Backup stopped before completing.

Summary of backup:
------------------
Backup stopped before completing.
Detailed Error:
ERROR - Volume Shadow Copy Service operation error (0x800423f4)
The writer experienced a non-transient error.  If the backup process is retried,
the error is likely to reoccur.

Failure in a Volume Shadow Copy Service operation.

I checked and the service is running.

Thanks
John
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Instead of

"C:\Users\Administrator>wbadmin start backup -backupTarget:D: -include:C: -allCri
tical -vssFull -quiet > c:\backuplog.txt"

try

wbadmin start backup -allcritical -backuptarget:d: -quiet

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Commented:
I tried leaving out the -vssFull and got the same error message.  What causes the Volume Shadow Copy Service to fail like this?


Microsoft Windows [Version 6.0.6001]
Copyright (c) 2006 Microsoft Corporation.  All rights reserved.

C:\Users\Administrator>wbadmin start backup -allcritical -backuptarget:d: -quiet
 > c:\backuplogz.txt

C:\Users\Administrator>



wbadmin 1.0 - Backup command-line tool
(C) Copyright 2004 Microsoft Corp.

Retrieving volume information...

This would backup volume Rpro(R:),Local Disk(C:) to d:.

Backup to D: is starting.

Creating the shadow copy of volumes requested for backup.

Backup stopped before completing.

Summary of backup:
------------------


Backup stopped before completing.
Detailed Error:
ERROR - Volume Shadow Copy Service operation error (0x800423f4)
The writer experienced a non-transient error.  If the backup process is retried,
the error is likely to reoccur.


Failure in a Volume Shadow Copy Service operation.
Have you tried recreating the scheduled backup?

Author

Commented:
I don't have a scheduled backup.  I am trying to get a backup to bare metal restore to a new faster computer. How would I recreate a scheduled backup?
wbadmin.msc

Backup Schedule... -> Next -> Custom -> Next -> Add Items -> Select Bare metal recovery -> OK ->  Select your backup time(s) -> Back up to a hard disk that is dedicated for backups or backup to a volume

Author

Commented:
Its formatting the backup disk now.  There was no choice for bare metal backup.  This is vista server 2008 not the R2.  I will let you know if it worked in the morning.  Thanks
Okay.

Author

Commented:
I let the scheduled backup try twice, and the same error occurred on both attempts "Volume shadow copy failed".  I made sure the service was running before the backup started. Is there a log file or some place I can look to see why this is failing?
I finally gave up and did a fresh install.  I never could get a backup.

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Commented:
I was just trying to close the question.

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