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  • Anyone know what the "D:\ServerFolders\Client Computer Backups\Data.4096.###.dat" files are for?
    There are about 250Gb of them on my WHS, just filling up the drive.
     
    They don't seem to be the system backups, as I've turned it off and deleted the current backups trying to work it out.
    Friday, July 29, 2011 9:08 AM

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  • On Fri, 29 Jul 2011 09:08:32 +0000, midspace wrote:

    Anyone know what the "D:\ServerFolders\Client Computer Backups\Data.4096.###.dat" files are for?
    There are about 250Gb of them on my WHS, just filling up the drive.
    ?
    They don't seem to be the system backups, as I've turned it off and deleted the current backups trying to work it out.

    They are exactly what the name of the folder they are in says they are,
    they are files created when client computers are backed up.


    Paul Adare
    MVP - Identity Lifecycle Manager
    http://www.identit.ca
    Swap read error.  You lose your mind.

    Friday, July 29, 2011 9:14 AM

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  • On Fri, 29 Jul 2011 09:08:32 +0000, midspace wrote:

    Anyone know what the "D:\ServerFolders\Client Computer Backups\Data.4096.###.dat" files are for?
    There are about 250Gb of them on my WHS, just filling up the drive.
    ?
    They don't seem to be the system backups, as I've turned it off and deleted the current backups trying to work it out.

    They are exactly what the name of the folder they are in says they are,
    they are files created when client computers are backed up.


    Paul Adare
    MVP - Identity Lifecycle Manager
    http://www.identit.ca
    Swap read error.  You lose your mind.

    Friday, July 29, 2011 9:14 AM
  • 250Gb of back up files.

    No Client computers attached to WHS.

    The WHS Server has had it backup turned off and the backup files deleted.

    And you tell me they are the Client Computer Backups.  Something does not add up here.

     

    Friday, July 29, 2011 9:43 AM
  • midspace

    Paul is correct. These are backups from your client computers (or computers which have ever been attached to your server). Turning off Server backup has nothing to do with this.


    Phil P.S. If you find my comment helpful or if it answers your question, please mark it as such.
    Friday, July 29, 2011 11:02 AM
  • No Client computers attached to WHS.

    And none have ever been?
    Friday, July 29, 2011 11:47 AM
  • No Client computers attached to WHS.

    And none have ever been?


    Sorry, I've been sick and haven't had a chance to reply.

    I have had one client computer added, and then removed.

    As I've explained, I've also has WHS remove all backups.

     

    I'll go through the process.  When I add a Client Computer and have a backup added, I get a bunch of files like these created using standard SIDs (I assume it's the machine SID):

    S-1-5-21-1111111111-1111111111-1111111111-1018.BackupSet.dat
    S-1-5-21-1111111111-1111111111-1111111111-1018.C.Volume.dat
    S-1-5-21-1111111111-1111111111-1111111111-1018.D.FileRecordHash.4096.dat
    S-1-5-21-1111111111-1111111111-1111111111-1018.D.Volume.dat
    S-1-5-21-1111111111-1111111111-1111111111-1018.D.VolumeCluster.4096.dat
    S-1-5-21-1111111111-1111111111-1111111111-1018.D.VolumeClusterLatest1.4096.dat
    S-1-5-21-1111111111-1111111111-1111111111-1018.D.VolumeClusterLatest2.4096.dat
    S-1-5-21-1111111111-1111111111-1111111111-1018.D.VolumeClusterLatest3.4096.dat
    S-1-5-21-1111111111-1111111111-1111111111-1018.Machine.configdat
    S-1-5-21-1111111111-1111111111-1111111111-1018.SYSTEMRESERVED.Volume.dat
    S-1-5-21-1111111111-1111111111-1111111111-1018.VolumeConfig.configdat
    

    Additionally, I get the following files...

    Data.4096.64.dat
    Data.4096.65.dat
    Data.4096.66.dat
    

    When I remove a client, and instruct it to remove the backups, all the S-1-5-21---- files are all removed.

    However the Data.4096.##.dat files remain.  These files are 4Gb each in size, and new ones continue to appear, even though all backups are turned off and all backups have been removed through the WHS Dashboard.

    There is 268Gb of them so far, and my WHS install is only 23Gb in size.  If I left the backups on, I would expect my drives filling up with these files.

    With my backups turned off, these appear to be useless crap.

    So what are they exactly?  Can I delete them??

     

    Saturday, August 13, 2011 7:22 AM
  • My 2nd WHS server has never been used for Client Computer Backups and consequently does not have these 4096.dat files (just some 4KB or 5KB size files including s-xxxxxxxxxxxxxx.configdat). Sounds as though there is something wrong with your system as, based on my experience, this is not normal behaviour are you sure backups are turned off?

    My other server, which does back up clients has lots of files starting at data.4096.0.dat all the way to data.4096.64.dat


    Phil P.S. If you find my comment helpful or if it answers your question, please mark it as such.

    Saturday, August 13, 2011 7:22 PM
  • Could you please submit a bug on Connect?
    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Saturday, August 13, 2011 9:18 PM
  • Could you please submit a bug on Connect?
    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)


    https://connect.microsoft.com/WindowsHomeServer is marked as read only.

    So is SBS.

    Which location should I be using?

    Sunday, August 14, 2011 7:18 AM
  • Try this link.

    https://connect.microsoft.com/WindowsHomeServer/feedback/CreateFeedbackForm.aspx?FeedbackFormConfigurationID=4229&FeedbackType=1

    After you sign in, the Feedback Form will open.


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    BullDawg
    In God We Trust
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    <midspace> wrote in message news:9d837939-fe54-47fa-aa2f-2e1695d2e7f6@communitybridge.codeplex.com...

    Could you please submit a bug on Connect?


    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)

    https://connect.microsoft.com/WindowsHomeServer is marked as read only.

    So is SBS.

    Which location should I be using?


    BullDawg
    Sunday, August 14, 2011 7:38 AM
  • Try this link.

    https://connect.microsoft.com/WindowsHomeServer/feedback/CreateFeedbackForm.aspx?FeedbackFormConfigurationID=4229&FeedbackType=1

    After you sign in, the Feedback Form will open.


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    BullDawg
    In God We Trust


    BullDawg

     

    That isn't working for me.  Already signed in, getting the following:

     

    " Page Not Found

    The content that you requested cannot be found or you do not have permission to view it.

    If you believe you have reached this page in error, click the Help link at the top of the page to report the issue and include this ID in your e-mail: <snipped guid>" 


    I'm not a technet subscriber, if that's what is required.  My WHS 2011 is a standard over the counter purchase.
    Sunday, August 14, 2011 10:20 AM
  • Is WHS in your Dashboard on Connect?


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    BullDawg
    In God We Trust
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    <midspace> wrote in message news:bb8ceb81-22f1-483d-9702-b22d32e71fac@communitybridge.codeplex.com...

    Try this link.

    https://connect.microsoft.com/WindowsHomeServer/feedback/CreateFeedbackForm.aspx?FeedbackFormConfigurationID=4229&FeedbackType=1

    After you sign in, the Feedback Form will open.


    _______________

    BullDawg
    In God We Trust


    BullDawg

    That isn't working for me. Already signed in, getting the following:



    " Page Not Found

    The content that you requested cannot be found or you do not have permission to view it.

    If you believe you have reached this page in error, click the Help link at the top of the page to report the issue and include this ID in your e-mail: <snipped guid>"
    I'm not a technet subscriber, if that's what is required. My WHS 2011 is a standard over the counter purchase.


    BullDawg
    Sunday, August 14, 2011 2:26 PM
  • Is WHS in your Dashboard on Connect?

    _______________
    BullDawg
    In God We Trust
    _______________
    <midspace> wrote in message news:bb8ceb81-22f1-483d-9702-b22d32e71fac@communitybridge.codeplex.com...

    BullDawg

    No. I only have two products in that list.
    "Visual Studio and .NET Framework" and "Windows Presentation Foundation"
    When I look at the product directory to add Products, the only WHS options are:
    WINDOWS HOME SERVER
    Windows Home Server Public Beta Program
    Join<input type="hidden" value="16" /> Bugs <input type="hidden" value="1" /> Secure <input type="hidden" value="3" /> 13/06/2007
    WINDOWS HOME SERVER View <input type="hidden" value="45" /> None (read only) <input type="hidden" value="4" /> Registered <input type="hidden" value="2" />

    28/09/2005

    I think I'll take this to mean, my WHS isn't registered.  Which I can understand, since I don't remember ever seeing a product registration dialog.
    Dumb question would be at this point, how do I register WHS?
    Monday, August 15, 2011 2:00 AM
  • You need to "join" the Windows Home Server Public Beta Program.
    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Monday, August 15, 2011 3:13 AM
  • Ken beat me to the punch.  ;p)

    Do as he says and you should be able to post feedback.


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    BullDawg
    In God We Trust
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    <Ken Warren [MVP]> wrote in message news:fab23c58-0926-4901-a995-57d8225c350c@communitybridge.codeplex.com...

    You need to "join" the Windows Home Server Public Beta Program.


    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)


    BullDawg
    Monday, August 15, 2011 3:41 AM
  • You need to "join" the Windows Home Server Public Beta Program.
    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)


    I didn't expect that I needed to join the Public "Beta" program for an RTM product. o_O

    I've submitted the bug now.

    Monday, August 15, 2011 4:35 AM
  • RTM's are in perpetual beta!


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    BullDawg
    In God We Trust
    _______________
    <midspace> wrote in message news:f726c0d5-9e52-4a91-a367-c2669af2a8c6@communitybridge.codeplex.com...

    You need to "join" the Windows Home Server Public Beta Program.


    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)

    I didn't expect that I needed to join the Public "Beta" program for an RTM product. o_O

    I've submitted the bug now.


    BullDawg
    Monday, August 15, 2011 5:20 AM