Copying the Backup files to another drive RRS feed

  • Question

  • When copying your backup files from the D drive to another drive (not in the pool), do you have to use the net stop whsbackup and net stop pdl first?

    I want to use Second Copy to automate the task, but want to be positive you have to stop those services first and then restart them after. It's not a big issue to write the .bat files to do these tasks, but if not needed, why bother.....

    Ken, Brubber, Todd, anyone??

    Sunday, April 20, 2008 1:10 AM


  • This is the documentation I have on backing up the backups:


    Saving a Copy of the Backup Database

    The Windows Home Server backup database is not duplicated by Windows Home Server Drive Extender. So if you lose a single hard drive on your home server, you could possibly lose all of the backups of your home computers. You may want to periodically copy the entire backup database from your home server to an external hard disk that you attach to your home server. The external hard disk should not be added to the Server Storage on your Windows Home Server. Important The cluster data files stored in backup database can grow to 4 GB, so it is important that the external hard disk is formatted as NTFS to support copying these large files. Some file systems, such as FAT-32 allow a maximum file size of 2 GB. The backup database is stored entirely in the folder D:\folders\{00008086-058D-4C89-AB57-A7F909A47AB4}.

    To copy the backup database from your Windows Home Server

    (In this example, assume that the external hard drive is given a drive letter of E:)

    1. Run mstsc.exe to start a Remote Desktop Connection session to your home server.

    Caution Be careful when using a Remote Desktop Connection to your home server. You can damage Windows Home Server functionality if you use it incorrectly.

    2. Plug in an external hard drive to your home server (do not add it to the Server Storage through the Windows Home Server Console).

    3. Open a Command Prompt, Click Start, Run and type CMD

    4. Type net stop PDL.

    5. Type net stop WHSBackup to stop the Windows Home Server Backup service.

    6. Copy the contents of D:\folders\{00008086-058D-4C89-AB57-A7F909A47AB4} to the external hard drive E:.

    7. Type net start WHSBackup to restart the Windows Home Server Backup service.

    8. Type net start PDL.

    The only relevant settings that Windows Home Server backup stores in the registry on the home server are Backup Time and Automatic Backup Management.

    Sunday, April 20, 2008 3:18 AM