Knowledgebase: Tips and tricks
Backing up System states on Windows
Posted by Sven Koester, Last modified by Andre Kuehnemund on 22 July 2011 11:41
Saving the "Windows System State" with PresSTORE directly is not recommended.
The problem does not lie in saving the system state, which PresSTORE can do by means of VSS - but in recovering it. While recovering the files, PresSTORE would need to overwrite the system state that is currently in use and it cannot do that.
The only way to restore windows system files with PresSTORE is by mounting the destination drive as inactive file system from a second server/Windows or to boot the Windows system from another drive for the restore process.

The way one may attack this problem is to use the NTBackup utility to save the system state (and recover it with the same tool) and back up the resulting file with PresSTORE.
A description of NTBackup can be found in the Microsoft knowledge base.

The process of creating the NTBackup system state file can be automated using a batch file that PresSTORE can automatically invoked before doing the backup.
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gugler gmbh TEAM IT
14 August 2014 10:43
is there a stepbystep guide who you setup vss backup of a windows fileserver?
Andre Kuehnemund
07 April 2015 16:42
There's no ste-by-step guide, but there's really not much to it. The necessary steps are being described in chapter 6.12.1 "Creating a Client" of the P5 manual.
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