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WHS refresh ditches auto-backup

WHS refresh ditches auto-backup

Users of Windows Home Server devices like this HP MediaSmart Server will have to continue backing up the backup database by hand.

If you're a Windows Home Server user making sure that your backups are up-to-date in case the file eating bug – which still hasn't been fixed – bites you, you've probably been looking forward to Power Pack 1's automated backup features. Sadly, it looks like you might be relying on third-party packages for a while longer.

According to an article over at BetaNews, Power Pack 1 – a kind of value-added service pack for the OEM-centric home server OS – was originally set to introduce a feature by which the WHS database containing the backups gathered from client machines on your home network could itself be automatically backed up in case of corruption. It took a member of the Windows Home Server Community Forums asking how to prepare for the feature for Microsoft to admit that the automated backup facility had been quietly removed.

Ken Warren, a moderator over at the WHS Forums, claimed that the news shouldn't have come as a shock, saying that “as I've been saying for some time, Power Pack 1, will not provide a tool to back up your backup database. It was an announced feature, but it has been removed because it doesn't meet the quality bar. I know of at least half a dozen bugs submitted around that feature that left end users in a bad place with no obvious way back.

Warren was keen to point out that manual backups of the database are still a possibility, but many users are put off by the complexity of such a task. The only way to create a copy of the backup database – which does not get copied to multiple hard drives when using Windows Home Server Drive Extender, so if the main system drive is lost so are your backups – is to connect an external hard drive to the WHS box, initiate a Remote Desktop Connection via the command line, stop the automated backup service, browse to the {00008086-058D-4C89-AB57-A7F909A47AB4} folder in a second command line, and manually copy the contents to the external drive before restarting the backup service. Not quite the easy, automated duplication that users were looking forward to being introduced in Power Pack 1.

Microsoft was unwilling to comment on whether the feature has been deep-sixed for all eternity, or whether we can expect to see a more reasonable method of keeping an external copy of the backup database in a future update to Windows Home Server.

Any Home Server users spitting feathers over the crippled backup features built in to the OS, or are you all avoiding it until the data-guzzling bug is fixed? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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neonplanet40 19th May 2008, 12:59 Quote
Im not amused to be honest. I wish i hadnt of bought the OS now. I now have 3TB of backups and storage which can be lost at any minute. Add this to the slow transfer speeds, corruption possibilities and everything else and you have a typical half assed microsoft product where we are all the testing mice.

Not amused. Any wonder ppl pirate software tbh. I wont buy a microsoft product again.
leexgx 19th May 2008, 21:39 Quote
the way M$ not fixing the problem in WHS is poor, id recommend that you stop useing it and get windows XP - 2003/2008 server so that you do not lose data, use soft raid 5 or just use them on there own and use mount folders (disk managment make 2-3 folders and name them and nount them)
stevehp 20th May 2008, 02:05 Quote
The headline is a bit mis-leading from my viewpoint considered they didn't ditch auto backups they ditched auto backups of the backup database. Now the corruption is a bit worrisome I never ran into it with the public beta test, but it's worrisome nonetheless if I ever decide to implement the retail version on my network again.
Cthippo 20th May 2008, 06:08 Quote
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The only way to create a copy of the backup database – which does not get copied to multiple hard drives when using Windows Home Server Drive Extender, so if the main system drive is lost so are your backups – is to connect an external hard drive to the WHS box, initiate a Remote Desktop Connection via the command line, stop the automated backup service, browse to the {00008086-058D-4C89-AB57-A7F909A47AB4} folder in a second command line, and manually copy the contents to the external drive before restarting the backup service.

The next time someone complains about the linux command line, I'm going to shove that up their...nose
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