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1) Once I have created a Windows Server backup to a dedicated disk is there any way to change what is being backed up without having to reformat the disk? So for instance let's say I scheduled a backup of VM1 and VM2. I then created another VM - VM3 - and I want to add it to the backup. Can I do that without starting from scratch? Any powershell/CLI/VB script to do this?

2) Along the same lines what happens if one of the backup sources gets deleted or renamed - so let's say I had a D drive I was backing up but for some reason it was deleted or renamed to E. Would the backup just skip the missing/renamed item or would it just stop completely?

3) When I schedule a backup with the GUI a lot of parameters are specified - time of backup, type, target, what to backup, etc. This has to be stored in a file somewhere so it can be used again next time. Where is this file? What is its name? What format is it in?

4) If I partition a USB disk into two separate partitions - can I then have two separate dedicated disks for backup? So I create a C and a D partition on a USB . Can I designate the C and D as separate dedicated drives and then have different scripts that would backup different source data to each paritition?


5) Is it possible with Wbadmin/Powershell to backup VM's based on a list in a file? So for instance I create a list that has all the data sources I want backed up and the script finds the file and uses it to choose what to backup? I change the list and the backup changes to match.

6) Is it possible to somehow set the order of a backup? Le'ts say I have three VM's - VM1, VM2 and VM3. When I run the backup I want it to first backup VM2 and then VM3 and then VM1. If doable how would I do that?

7) When WSB runs does it create temp files. Can I change location? If so what would be the ideal location?


8) Finally, is there a deep dive technical document on Windows Server Backup - probably the most used backup in the world? I have never found anything resembling that. I have seen a lot of how to use it type material but everything that goes behind the scenes I have had to dig deep for. So I have had to search each item individually. For example I wanted to know more about the catalog. There was no specific document that I could find technical info about it - I ended up finding an article that included some info about the catalog buried within it. Is there no definitive document on the workings - front and back and inside - of Windows Server Backup? Again it's probably the most used backup software in the world - it surely deserves a couple of dozen pages of technical info - and I don't mean screen shots. I am not expecting source code - just some good behind the scenes detail.

Thanks in advance for your attention to this.
 

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"Finally, is there a deep dive technical document on Windows Server Backup" not Windows Server. Do you see anything about Windows Server Backup that you were specifically referring to in your link. If so I can't find it.
 

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Please don't point me to links unless you know the link has answers specifically for the questions I asked. I can google for stuff like that and believe me I have. As I see you work at Microsoft perhaps you could direct my queries to the team that is responsible for Windows Backup Server. There is one fellow in particular who seems to be the guru for Windows Server backup - Jose Barreto-Jose SMB3 – Jose Barreto's Blog I keep trying to get him to respond but he never does though in theory you can post to him and send him messages - which I have done. Maybe an internal email from you might get more action.
 

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We at TSF don't work for MS. They make it extremely difficult to get in touch with anyone on their development team. Even if you get to 2nd level Tech, they can only Email the team (member?) and report back to the end user.
You asked many questions in Post #1. I'm not trying to be snarky, but you either need to hire a certified Windows Server specialist or take on-line courses to gain the skills needed to properly run your set-up. Calling MS Tech will set you on an endless path since 1st level responders don't possess the skills to help with complicated business situations. Also only one of your questions could be answered on one case. Each would involve another call and you'd be headed down the Rabbit Hole.
Finally, if you're technically inclined and can make contributions besides just seeking advice, I'd recommend joining this Forum: Forum for IT Server Pros
 

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1) Once I have created a Windows Server backup to a dedicated disk is there any way to change what is being backed up without having to reformat the disk? So for instance let's say I scheduled a backup of VM1 and VM2. I then created another VM - VM3 - and I want to add it to the backup. Can I do that without starting from scratch? Any powershell/CLI/VB script to do this?
Depends on which Backup tool you're using standard WSB, you should be able to modify the Backup job, worst case create a parallel/sequential job.3rd party Tools, Netbackup/Cohesity/BackupExec are more flexible and allow this.

2) Along the same lines what happens if one of the backup sources gets deleted or renamed - so let's say I had a D drive I was backing up but for some reason it was deleted or renamed to E. Would the backup just skip the missing/renamed item or would it just stop completely?
Depends on the type of backup done, if it's a Bare Metal then everything in it would get backed up, regardless of how you modify within the OS. If you're doing individual Volume/File level backups, then it could cause issues.

3) When I schedule a backup with the GUI a lot of parameters are specified - time of backup, type, target, what to backup, etc. This has to be stored in a file somewhere so it can be used again next time. Where is this file? What is its name? What format is it in?
Depends on the Backup tool being used, WSB, not sure about a config file, here I'd just sue the PowerShell cmdlet for whatever I need customzied..

4) If I partition a USB disk into two separate partitions - can I then have two separate dedicated disks for backup? So I create a C and a D partition on a USB . Can I designate the C and D as separate dedicated drives and then have different scripts that would backup different source data to each paritition?
If you want 2 backup jobs to flow to 2 partitions on the same external hard drive, Yes, it works

5) Is it possible with Wbadmin/Powershell to backup VM's based on a list in a file? So for instance I create a list that has all the data sources I want backed up and the script finds the file and uses it to choose what to backup? I change the list and the backup changes to match.
Look at PowerShell, might require some brainstorming..

6) Is it possible to somehow set the order of a backup? Le'ts say I have three VM's - VM1, VM2 and VM3. When I run the backup I want it to first backup VM2 and then VM3 and then VM1. If doable how would I do that?
Schedule them as 3 jobs sequentially..

7) When WSB runs does it create temp files. Can I change location? If so what would be the ideal location?
Not sure, but I don;t think so..

8) Finally, is there a deep dive technical document on Windows Server Backup - probably the most used backup in the world? I have never found anything resembling that. I have seen a lot of how to use it type material but everything that goes behind the scenes I have had to dig deep for. So I have had to search each item individually. For example I wanted to know more about the catalog. There was no specific document that I could find technical info about it - I ended up finding an article that included some info about the catalog buried within it. Is there no definitive document on the workings - front and back and inside - of Windows Server Backup? Again it's probably the most used backup software in the world - it surely deserves a couple of dozen pages of technical info - and I don't mean screen shots. I am not expecting source code - just some good behind the scenes detail.

Thanks in advance for your attention to this.
No Idea, just use MS Docs..
 
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