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According the the Windows documentation, a backup of the system state can be created by using the command wbadmin start systemstatebackup.  In a cluster environment, this can only be performed on the secondary node, not the primary node.

Having a Windows 2008 failover cluster, this presents a conundrum in that I have services installed whose underlying executables are stored on the shareable SANS device.  This means that as the secondary node, the system state knows about the location of these files but cannot access these files. 

To get a list of services as recorded by the system state, I use the utility MSINFO32.EXE.  This is found by type MSINFO32 in the search box:

Searchiing_for_msinfo32

 

Using this utility, all the services are listed.  I highlight the ones that are installed from the SANS device.

List_of_services_whose_path_is_on_SANS_device

 

Performing a system state backup on this configuration appears to yield the Enumeration of the files failed error. 

system_state_backup_enumeration_error

It appears that performing a system state backup on this configuration is not possible.  The only manner in which I am able to capture the system state is by performing a full windows backup.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to successfully perform a system state backup with this configuration?

Posted on Friday, June 3, 2011 4:49 PM | Back to top


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I am working on the same issue with a few of our clustered servers. Doing some research, I've found a Microsoft article that may interest you. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/980794/en-us

Let me know if this helps.

Thanks,

Shane
Left by Shane Smith on Jun 15, 2011 10:03 AM

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Shane - Thank you!!
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