Understanding How Backing Up The Server Works RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have some questions about using the built in tools for backing up the WHS 2011 server.

    1.  I've heard that your backup partition size is limited to 2 TB, is this correct?

    2.  I would assume that your shared folders by default are located on the C drive with the OS.  Is it possible to move the shared folders to a D drive RAID array that you create for the individual client backups?

    3.  If you can move the shared folders off of the C drive, is it still possible to schedule these to be backed up along with the C drive, or are you limited to choosing a single partition (max size 2 TB) to be backed up?


    Wednesday, October 12, 2011 1:54 AM

All replies

  • 1. Essentially "Yes" using WHS inbuilt functionality.

    2. Shared folders are by default created on your first hard drive on D: Using the Dashboard it is possible to move those folders to a RAID array as you suggest.

    3. You can backup whatever you want as long as you don't exceed 2TB.


    Phil P.S. If you find my comment helpful or if it answers your question, please mark it as such.
    Wednesday, October 12, 2011 2:19 AM
  • Why does a 64 bit system have a 2TB limitation?
    Wednesday, October 12, 2011 7:59 AM
  • On Wed, 12 Oct 2011 07:59:17 +0000, p3qs008 wrote:

    Why does a 64 bit system have a 2TB limitation?

    Because Windows Server backup, which is what the WHS Server backup is based
    upon, uses VHD files for the backups and they are currently limited to 2 TB
    in size.

    Paul Adare
    MVP - Identity Lifecycle Manager
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    Wednesday, October 12, 2011 11:16 AM