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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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by:Jason Johanknecht
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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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by:creative555
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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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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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by:creative555
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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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Did you try the VSS fix, in the article ?
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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) earned 2000 total points
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that's one way, of getting around the failed server machine!
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by:creative555
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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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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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THanks!!
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