I’m running Window Server Backup on Windows Server 2008 R2. Like a good admin, I swap out destination drives, rotating one drive off site each week.
Can’t Add Second Drive
Using the Windows Server Backup GUI, I set up a backup schedule to do backups to the G: drive and ran backups for a few days. Then I swapped in a new drive. The backup failed with Event ID 561 followed by the more helpful Event ID 546:
Log Name: Application
Event ID: 546
Task Category: None
Description: The backup operation attempted at ‘2010-09-13T04:00:16.334849700Z’ has failed to start, error code ‘2155348061’ (Windows Backup cannot find any of the backup storage locations.). Please review the event details for a solution, and then rerun the backup operation once the issue is resolved.
Okay, so re-run the backup schedule wizard and choose Modify backup storage destinations. Interesting, the old drive G: is now listed as a Volume ID. I guess that makes sense since it is not mounted. Add the current drive G:
Click Next and then Finish the wizard. What? “The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect.”
Knowledge Base Incomplete
This must be a common problems, because Microsoft Knowledge Base article 2009365 addresses it specifically:
Error message when you try to add an additional disk to a scheduled backup: “The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect”
In my case, the drives are mounted in a Vantec EZ-Swap bay, so I can only mount one at a time. I’m therefore left with Option 3 of the KB article, namely running wbadmin to add the extra target drive. However when I follow their instructions to add the target using the Disk Identifier, I get a long message telling me that it will wipe out my old storage locations:
Apparently when you specify a Disk Identifier, it’s telling Windows Server Backup to consume and format the entire target disk. Since I use the disk for other backups, I need Windows Server Backup to treat it is as a Volume, not a Disk.
Specify Additional Volume Target
The solution is simple: specify the drive letter instead of the Disk Identifier when adding the target. For example:
wbadmin enable backup -addTarget:G:
Once that Volume target was added, I was able to successfully run a backups to the second backup disk.
3 thoughts on “Windows Server Backup: Swapping Target Drives”
You’re ‘da man!
Regarding the copy/paste error of your command: it is the Hyphen of the “addTarget” Parameter. Change it to a standard “-” (minus) and it works.
Thx a Million for sharing this anyway!
Thanks JB. Some too-clever editing program replaced the dash with an en dash. I’ve fixed that, and removed my note about copy/paste not working.