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Ntbackup returnedvolume shadow copy error 0xffffffff

Hello.
I am trying to use ntbackup to backup system state of 2003 DC and getting this error:
Ntbackup returnedvolume shadow copy error 0xffffffff
Error returned while creating the volume shadow copy ffffffff
I am backing up on the local drive c:

Please help
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Jason JohanknechtIT ManagerCommented:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Something has possibly broken with your VSS.

Experts Exchange has an EE Article here to fix this

VSS Backups Failing: Resolve VSS backup issues on Windows servers

I would try this.
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creative555Author Commented:
The first link with fixit didn't work. NTBackup still failed.
I was wondering if I can do system backup from 2008 DC on the same domain but it is NOT PDC and Infrastructure master. Or do I need to do system state on the same DC directly that holds PDC and RID roles for the domain?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You need the System State from the PDC, e.g. Windows 2003 Server.

What are you trying to do ?

Why not just copy the entire virtual machine disk ?
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creative555Author Commented:
We have phisical servers in the production that hold FSMO roles. WE are trying to simulate and document forest recovery in the test lab.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Did you try the VSS fix, in the article ?
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creative555Author Commented:
no. didn't resolve it. we moved FSMO to 2008 server and backed up system state from 2008 server.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
that's one way, of getting around the failed server machine!
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creative555Author Commented:
so, for the forest recovery for 2003 and 2008 server, do I need to restore from AD restore mode? Can the backup be on the network?

what is the switch to restore everything for the forest schema recovery? THe GUI is not supported? So, the only way is to use the command line?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
forest recovery is a long subject, and really needs to be posted in the Active Directory Zone, as a new question./
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creative555Author Commented:
THanks!!
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