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How to Create Windows System State Backup Set







Requirements

Please ensure that the following requirements are met:



  • Software Requirement: MS System State backup can be run on Windows XP and Windows Server 2003/ 2008/ 2008 R2/ 2012/ 2012 R2/ 2016 or SBS 2008/ 2011.

For Windows XP and Windows Server 2003

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Please kindly note that:


  • Windows XP home is not supported for the system state backup and restore by AhsayOBM.

  • As Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 are no longer supported by Microsoft any more, we will provide best effort support for backup and restore for these 2 Windows platforms.


  1. AhsayOBM Installation: Latest version of AhsayOBM must be installed on the computer to be backed up.

  2. Windows System State Add-on Module: Make sure that the Windows System State add-on module is enabled for your AhsayOBM user account.

  3. Backup Quota Requirement: Make sure that your AhsayOBM user account has sufficient quota assigned to accommodate the storage for the system state backup for the new backup set and retention policy.

  4. Restore to Alternate Computer: You can restore a system state backup to the same physical computer from which the system state backup was created, or to a different computer that has the same make, model, and configuration (identical hardware). Microsoft does not support restoring a system state backup from one computer to a second computer of a different make, model, or hardware configuration.
    Please refer to the following article for more details: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/249694

  5. NTBackup: NTBackup must be installed on the computer to be backed up. This can be confirmed either by searching if ntbackup.exe is found under C:\WINDOWS, or running the following command in an administrative command prompt:

    Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]

    (C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.



    C:\Documents and Settings\support>ntbackup

    You can verify if NTBackup is installed or not by if the “Backup and Restore Wizard” pop out or not.


  6. System Volume: The system volume must be formatted with NTFS.

For Windows Server 2008 and Newer Releases


  1. AhsayOBM Installation: Latest version of AhsayOBM must be installed on the computer to be backed up.

  2. Windows System State Add-on Module: Make sure that the Windows System State add-on module is enabled for your AhsayOBM user account.

  3. Backup Quota Requirement: Make sure that your %edition_name% user account has sufficient quota assigned to accommodate the storage for the system state backup for the new backup set and retention policy. The size of a set of system state backup data is dependent on the role installed.

  4. Restore to Alternate Computer: You can restore a system state backup to the same physical computer from which the system state backup was created, or to a different computer that has the same make, model, and configuration (identical hardware). Microsoft does not support restoring a system state backup from one computer to a second computer of a different make, model, or hardware configuration.
    Please refer to the following article for more details: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/249694

  5. Java Heap Size: The default Java heap size setting of AhsayOBM is 2048MB. For Windows System State backup, it is highly recommended to increase the Java heap size setting to at least 4096MB to improve backup and restore performance. The actual heap size used will be dependent on amount of free memory available on the machine with AhsayOBM installed (machine that is running the backup).

  6. Windows Server Backup (WSB) Features: The following Windows Server Backup feature must be installed on the computer to be backed up:

    • Windows Server Backup

    • Command line Tool

    • Windows PowerShell


    This can be confirmed in the Server Manager. These features can be added by selecting Add Roles and Features.

  7. Windows Account Permission: To perform recovery using Windows Server Backup, the operating system account that you use must be a member of the Backup Operators or Administrators group.

  8. Latest Service Packs from Microsoft: Make sure that you have the latest service packs installed on the computer to be backed up. Update to the Windows operating system improve its performance and resolve known issues with Windows Server Backup.

  9. System Volume: The system volume must be formatted with NTFS.

Best Practice and Recommendation

The following are some best practices or recommendations that we strongly recommend, before you start any Microsoft System State backup and restore:


  1. Temporary Directory Folder Location: Temporary directory folder is used by %edition_name% for storing backup set index files and any incremental or differential backup files generated during a backup job. To ensure optimal backup/restoration performance, it is recommended that the temporary directory folder is set to a local drive with sufficient free disk space.

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    Kindly noted that for Windows Server 2008 or newer releases, the restriction on temporary volume must also be considered.


  2. Backup Destination: To provide maximum data protection and flexible restore options, it is recommended to configure:

    • At least one offsite or cloud destination

    • At least one local destination for fast recovery



  3. Backup Frequency: MS Windows System State backup should be performed at least once per week.

  4. Performance Recommendations: Consider the following best practices for optimized performance of the backup operations:

    • Enable schedule backup jobs when system activity is low to achieve the best possible performance.

    • Perform test restores periodically to ensure your backup is set up and performed properly. Performing recovery test can also help identify potential issues or gaps in your recovery plan. It’s important that you do not try to make the test easier, as the objective of a successful test is not to demonstrate that everything is flawless. There might be flaws identified in the plan throughout the test and it is important to identify those flaws.



Set the backup set

Name This is the name of the backup set. You can create a meaningful name for it.
Backup Type Enter the correct backup type from the drop down box.
Specify the temporary location for the system backup (For Windows Server 2008 and newer releases only) Select the location where you would like to store the system state image before generating the backup data.

To create a backup set:



  1. Type in a meaningful backup set name.

  2. Enter correct backup type, eg: MS Windows System State Backup.

  3. For Windows Server 2008 and newer releases, select the location where you would like to store the system state image before generating the backup data.

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    Kindly noted that for Windows 2008 Server, the temporary storage location cannot be set to a network path.


  4. Click [Next] button to start the verifying process and continue.