How to backup the System_State in Windows 2003 with VERITAS NetBackup (tm) Enterprise Server "All Versions".
As defined by NetBackup System Administration Guide Volume 1:
- The Shadow Copy Components:\ directive replaces the System_State:\ directive for Windows 2003 backup.
- Shadow Copy Components:\ does not contain an underscore (_) as does System_State:\.
- Shadow Copy Components:\ is case sensitive.
All Windows 2003 Servers recognize the System_State:\ directive and behave as if following the Shadow Copy Components:\ directive.
A message in the bpbkar log file informs the user that this directive translation has occurred.
Example: bpbkar log
2:11:15.906 PM: [3376.3416] <4> dos_backup::V_VerifyFileSystem: INF - Removed: System_State:\
2:11:15.906 PM: [3376.3416] <4> dos_backup::V_VerifyFileSystem: INF - Added: Shadow Copy Components:
The directive translation applies to all Windows 2003 clients when Backup Selections specify a System State:\ or the ALL_LOCAL_DRIVES directive.
Example: A MS-Windows-NT policy is configured with both Windows 2000 and Windows 2003 clients. The file list contains the System_State:\ directive.
In this example, the Windows 2000 client performs a System_State:\ backup, the Windows 2003 and 2008 clients performs a Shadow Copy Components:\ backup.
Please note, however, that the reverse is not true for directive translation.
A Windows 2000 client backup will fail with a Status Code 71 (none of the files in the file list exist) when the Backup Selections are set to Shadow Copy Components:\.
Therefore, the best practice when combining Windows 2000 and Windows 2003 clients in the same Policy is to use the System_State:\ or ALL_LOCAL_DRIVES directive. It is redundant to include ALL_LOCAL_DRIVES and/or System_State:\ and/or Shadow Copy Components:\. Please Note: As a best practice guideline, VERITAS recommends one setting and not two or three in any combination.
WARNING: You will not be able to successfully recover a Windows 2003 server with only the System_State backup.
For complete details on Shadow Copy Components please refer to the VERITAS NetBackup (tm) System Administrator's Guide for Windows, Volume I.