restoring Windows server backup to another hardware

I have a RAID controller ServeRAID M5110 on server System x3300 M4
Having three RAID 1 Virtual Drives = total 6 HDD

1. 300GB VD is having Hyperv Windows 2012 r2 Physical instance (host Machine)
2. 900GB VD was having Domain Controller Windows 2012 R2 (Virtual instance)
3. 900GB VD is having Exchange 2013 (Virtual instance)

I did complete backup using "windows server backup" installed on host machine (hyper V machine) to an external 2TB HDD.

now to test the backup... I have installed windows server 2012 R2 with Hyper V role & windows backup feature on a test server grade machine.
I am trying to restore the both virtual instances (DC + exchange) to this machine.

To my surprise, "windows server backup" restore wizard is unable to find any backup in the USB drive.

Please guide.
Akash BansalIT ProfessionalAsked:
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Does it see the drive at all?
In many cases external USB drives are not recognized without additional drivers when those are attached to USB 3 ports. Check are there available USB 2 ports and attach external drive to native USB 2 ports, that might help.
Akash BansalIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
The USB is visible. I can browse imagebackup folder & can mount the vxd inside too.
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
As a test I just created a test bare metal backup of my test Windows 2012 R2 which hosts Hyper-V.
And the backup is stored on USB3.0 drive.
When using Recover option from Windows Server Backup I am able to select the backup to restore.
Does it show up the image on the server where you created it on? If you boot this test server from installation media for 2012R2 and select repair - restore from backup - can you select the image?
Akash BansalIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
I hope it would be visible in the original host machine.
No I did not try using installation media.
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Check if you can see it on source machine and try with boot media.
Akash BansalIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
Actually I am working remotely. Have asked the on site guy to plug the usb hdd on the test machine.
Currently I am copying one vxd which is 600GB in size over USB 2.0
would check it if I can run it in HyperV.

Moreover backup of DC is getting failed, i guess for this I need to open new thread.
Writer Failures
Writer Id: {66841CD4-6DED-4F4B-8F17-FD23F8DDC3DE}
Instance Id: {3FFA85CB-B7A6-42DD-9784-C189DC58D622}
Writer Name: Microsoft Hyper-V VSS Writer
Writer State: 5
Failure Result: 80042336
Application Result: 80004005
Application Message: (null)
   Component: 736EE19F-6128-4BDA-A1B1-B3318DF5DE72
   Logical Path: (null)
   Component Result: 800423F4
   Component Message: Could not create backup checkpoint for virtual machine 'VM_IBMDC': The file exists. (0x80070050). (Virtual machine ID 736EE19F-6128-4BDA-A1B1-B3318DF5DE72)
       File Spec: E:\VM_IBMDC\Virtual Machines\\736EE19F-6128-4BDA-A1B1-B3318DF5DE72.xml Recursive: 0
       File Spec: E:\VM_IBMDC\Virtual Hard Disks\\VM_IBMDC.vhdx Recursive: 0
       File Spec: E:\VM_IBMDC\Snapshots\DBED8041-9FF9-400A-8F84-03F554C8FD41.xml Recursive: 0
       File Spec: E:\VM_IBMDC\Virtual Hard Disks\VM_IBMDC-AutoRecovery.avhdx Recursive: 0
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:

The hyper-v backup says that backup file exists and it looks like it is corrupt. Delete the old backup for this machine and run the backup again.
Akash BansalIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
When I shut down all the virtual instances, the backup is successful
In online state only exchange instance is backup successfully & DC backup do not complete.
Akash BansalIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
I would export the vxd files before I reconfigure the backup.
What would you recommend copy or export the virtual instance from hyperV management console for the safest side.
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
The convenient one is Export. The direct but still functional one is copy.
You do have Integration Services installed, do you?
Akash BansalIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
Yes Integration service is installed by default; except guest service.
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
And is the hyper-v vss requester service started in services on host and guest?
Akash BansalIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
On the host machine the server is not started and set as trigger start manual

on both the guest OS the service is running along with other hyperV services.
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
OK, strange, it should work then. Try to start it on host machine and set to automatic. Will it backup then?
Anyway, we are on different topic now. Let's concentrate on original problem.
Akash BansalIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
yes you are right that why I mentioned that I must open a new thread for it.
After 7 hours from now, after reformatting the backup disk; I would take backup again at original server. Tomorrow the back disk would be ready to test on the test server.

for a safe side I have exported both vxd to a USB drive.
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Ok. Keep updated how it goes.
Akash BansalIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
To my surprise, the windows backup was unable to find any backup on the original server even, though it was showing 27 copies available. Please find the screenshots attached.
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
So, the machine which creates the backups is not able to see these backups as well?
What if you create only bare metal backup without Hyper-V?
Akash BansalIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
I have formatted the backup drive now. Reconfigured the backup for full backup.
Scheduled it after 5 hours from now. Would try to restore it tomorrow on test machine.
Would update you all the developments.

Thanks for your kind support.
You are always so supportive. :)
Akash BansalIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
Backup failed at original server due to insufficient disk space at either side.

Though space is sufficient.
I have done thin provisioning in the source server through microsoft storage space.
May be its considering that unformatted partition for full backup.
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Does it have enough snapshot storage space?
Note, for a successful VSS snapshot there must be at least 15% free space on each volume of backup source disk.
Akash BansalIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
I selected custom backup this time & selected bare metal recovery.
i.e excluding virtual machine & storage having virtual machine files.
It failed too with the same error!

Please find the attached screenshot of the disk management.
Akash BansalIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
I have formatted the host machine & restored the Virtual machines.

Now backup is started but it is completing with warning:
backup succeeded but some components backed up where inconsistent in the snapshot.

Now I am trying to update the host machine through windows update.
What I need to do now?
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
You need first to check all the partitions on your drives inside the VM using CHKDSK /f approach. After that perform the update.
Akash BansalIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
I checked the disk as read only from inside the VM. It did not show any issue.
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
I forgot somehow that you were using Exchange 2013.
Have a look on this:
Looks like there is a cumulative update available which covers this problem.
Akash BansalIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
The backup of Exchange server VM is perfect. The issue is with Domain controller backup.
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
OK. Check if event viewer shows any hints on which components exactly were mentioned in warning.
Akash BansalIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
The IO operation at logical block address 0x0 for Disk 3 (PDO name: \Device\00000042) was retried
Disk 3 is USB backup disk.

Though this USB 3.0 drive is new & healthy, I would try to change USB 3.0 controller & disk both.
Akash BansalIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
I have replaced the controller & the HDD.

Outcome is the same.

I have found the following error code in the event manager:

Event 16387, SPP
Writer Microsoft Hyper-V VSS Writer experienced some error during snapshot creation.  More info: .

Log Name:      Application
Source:        SPP
Date:          10/6/2015 9:05:35 PM
Event ID:      16387
Task Category: None
Level:         Error
Keywords:      Classic
User:          N/A
Computer:      WIN-2KQV5R99PDA
Writer Microsoft Hyper-V VSS Writer experienced some error during snapshot creation.  More info: .
Event Xml:
<Event xmlns="">
    <Provider Name="SPP" />
    <EventID Qualifiers="0">16387</EventID>
    <TimeCreated SystemTime="2015-10-06T15:35:35.000000000Z" />
    <Security />
    <Data>Microsoft Hyper-V VSS Writer</Data>
    <Data>The writer experienced a partial failure. Check the component level error state for more information. (0x80042336)</Data>
    <Data>Unspecified error (0x80004005)</Data>
Akash BansalIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:

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Akash BansalIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Thanks for points BansalAkash!
Have a nice weekend.
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