Azure Backup Agent Points to Wrong Update

Mark Berry February 13, 2017

When the Azure Backup Agent program says an update is ready, it will provide a link. Today, the link points to, which redirects to KB3196148, which is the October 2016 update that we are already running.


Database Server Backup to Hybrid Onsite/Cloud FAIL

Mark Berry November 14, 2016

This is a very instructive nightmare:


Azure Backup Client Fails with 0x07EF8

Mark Berry August 22, 2016

I’m testing Azure Backup client on a Server 2012 R2 Essentials machine. On this machine, I had two options:  an Essentials plugin and the standard agent. I tried the Essentials plugin but it uses the “old” (classic) Azure portal, plus the retention options were limited to 1-30 days, no weeks or months. So I removed the plugin and installed the standard Azure Backup client, following these instructions. However, it didn’t work out of the box.


Testing EaseUS Todo Restore

Mark Berry May 2, 2016

I usually use Windows’ built-in disk imaging software, but I’ve been testing EaseUS Todo Backup Free 9.1 as an alternative.


Back Up IIS configuration

Mark Berry April 5, 2016

I’m always looking for this info so I’ll post it here. To back up, list, and restore the configuration of IIS 7, IIS 7.5, IIS 8.0, or IIS 8.5, use appcmd as described in MSKB 954872. In brief:

cd %Windir%\system32\inetsrv
appcmd list backup
appcmd add backup " backupName"
appcmd list backup
appcmd /?

The custom backups are stored in this folder:


You will also see the automatically-created configuration history backups, explained here. Those backups are in this folder:



Restore Server 2012 R2 to a ThinkCentre M93p Desktop, Take 3

Mark Berry February 16, 2016

Once a year, I test restoring a server to a desktop. The server is backed up with standard Windows Backup. The idea is to confirm that if the server went down, I could quickly restore to one of the customer’s desktops as a temporary solution while the server is repaired or replaced. This is also an interesting test of how well Windows Backup handles restoring to different hardware. Previous tests are blogged in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.


Set Up Client Restore on Server 2012 R2 Essentials

Mark Berry January 24, 2014

A few months back, I migrated to Server 2012 R2 Essentials. I read how the client restore service works:  just start the service on the server and boot the client from the network—no restore DVD needed! I learned the hard way that it is not that simple:  a setup involving a 3GB download is required.


Restore Server 2012 R2 to a ThinkCentre M93p Desktop

Mark Berry January 24, 2014

There are several differences since the last time I did a disaster recovery restore test. The server is now a Lenovo ThinkServer TS140 running Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials on “bare metal,” i.e. no Hyper-V is involved. The target machine is a ThinkCentre M93p.

Server 2012 backups are done using the standard Windows Backup program and are saved on an internal “staging” drive. The WindowsImageBackup folder on that drive is copied daily to an external backup drive, which is the drive we’ll be restoring from. This external drive has a USB 3 interface, as does the M93p desktop, so I’m hoping the data transfer will be faster.


Restore a Hyper-V Server to an Optiplex 960, Take 3

Mark Berry April 6, 2013

This is the third in the series of almost annual articles about my experiences testing a Hyper-V restore. I’ve done this successfully in 2011 and 2012. Why repeat? To make sure disaster recovery is still possible, and to try a new approach.


Adding a Target Volume Using Wbadmin

Mark Berry March 25, 2013

Option 3 of Microsoft KB 2009365 describes how to add a disk to Windows Server backup when other disks are offsite:  you have to use the wbadmin command line tool. But the article does not explain how to add a volume, not a disk, as a target.



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