Baffled by Inconsistent and Irrational Vista Backup Behavior


  1.    30 Mar 2007 #1
    TommyVee Guest

    Baffled by Inconsistent and Irrational Vista Backup Behavior


    OS is Vista Home Premium. In a nutshell, what I'd like to do is to manually
    run a full backup for Documents, Pictures, Music and Videos on a monthly
    basis. On a daily basis, I'd like to automatically schedule an incremental.
    Here are my questions:

    1. I don't see anywhere in the tool where you specify the type of backup. Is
    a full backup taken when you manually start the backup, and incremental on
    automatically scheduled backups?

    2. My assumption would have been that a new backup set folder is created for
    each full backup, and that the incrementals would be in that backup set
    folder. Is that the expected behavior? I have yet to see a new backup set
    folder created since I did the original manual backup.

    3. Some of the "incrementals" in the backup set are not incrementals at all
    - they are full backups and my auxiliary drive ran out of space! Last
    modified dates of files haven't been changed since the last full backup, is
    the "archive bit" (or whatever the utility uses) getting screwed up here?

    4. I ran a test restore of a folder to alternate location, and it seemed to
    work OK. When I went to File Explorer I couldn't find the restored folder.
    Ironically, I found it with a Search, but I could not see it when I navigated
    with F/E.

    Once again, I am baffled by this behavior and I am getting nervous that my
    data isn't getting properly backed up.

    Thanks in advance for any help, Tommy
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2.    30 Mar 2007 #2
    Jill Zoeller [MSFT] Guest

    Re: Baffled by Inconsistent and Irrational Vista Backup Behavior


    Hi Tommy, see my answers below.

    > 1. I don't see anywhere in the tool where you specify the type of backup.
    > Is
    > a full backup taken when you manually start the backup, and incremental on
    > automatically scheduled backups?


    The first backup you run is full. Subsequent scheduled backups are
    incrementals. However, there are cases where a full backup is triggered. We
    have a flowchart to illustrate this at
    http://cfsbloggers.members.winisp.ne...crementall.jpg.

    That being said, I don't think there's a way to have two schedules running
    concurrently, one for daily and one for monthly. The full/incremental logic
    tries to ensure that you do have a periodic full backup. Once you set up
    your scheduled backups, you can run through the wizard again (using the
    Change Settings option) and there is a check box on one of the pages that
    says "Create a new, full backup now in addition to saving settings."

    > 2. My assumption would have been that a new backup set folder is created
    > for
    > each full backup, and that the incrementals would be in that backup set
    > folder. Is that the expected behavior? I have yet to see a new backup set
    > folder created since I did the original manual backup.


    Yes, your assumption is correct.

    > 3. Some of the "incrementals" in the backup set are not incrementals at
    > all
    > - they are full backups and my auxiliary drive ran out of space! Last
    > modified dates of files haven't been changed since the last full backup,
    > is
    > the "archive bit" (or whatever the utility uses) getting screwed up here?


    Those files changed in some way that's not reflected in Last Modified Date.
    See
    http://blogs.technet.com/filecab/arc...-expected.aspx
    for details.

    > 4. I ran a test restore of a folder to alternate location, and it seemed
    > to
    > work OK. When I went to File Explorer I couldn't find the restored
    > folder.
    > Ironically, I found it with a Search, but I could not see it when I
    > navigated
    > with F/E.


    Hmm, not sure what to tell you with this. Can you reproduce this
    consistently?

    --
    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.

    Want to learn more about Windows file and storage technologies? Visit our
    team blog at http://blogs.technet.com/filecab/default.aspx.


    "TommyVee" <TommyVee@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:1288DBC3-D4F1-4E9E-B6C3-7FDB3A6A46CD@microsoft.com...
    > OS is Vista Home Premium. In a nutshell, what I'd like to do is to
    > manually
    > run a full backup for Documents, Pictures, Music and Videos on a monthly
    > basis. On a daily basis, I'd like to automatically schedule an
    > incremental.
    > Here are my questions:
    >
    > 1. I don't see anywhere in the tool where you specify the type of backup.
    > Is
    > a full backup taken when you manually start the backup, and incremental on
    > automatically scheduled backups?
    >
    > 2. My assumption would have been that a new backup set folder is created
    > for
    > each full backup, and that the incrementals would be in that backup set
    > folder. Is that the expected behavior? I have yet to see a new backup set
    > folder created since I did the original manual backup.
    >
    > 3. Some of the "incrementals" in the backup set are not incrementals at
    > all
    > - they are full backups and my auxiliary drive ran out of space! Last
    > modified dates of files haven't been changed since the last full backup,
    > is
    > the "archive bit" (or whatever the utility uses) getting screwed up here?
    >
    > 4. I ran a test restore of a folder to alternate location, and it seemed
    > to
    > work OK. When I went to File Explorer I couldn't find the restored
    > folder.
    > Ironically, I found it with a Search, but I could not see it when I
    > navigated
    > with F/E.
    >
    > Once again, I am baffled by this behavior and I am getting nervous that my
    > data isn't getting properly backed up.
    >
    > Thanks in advance for any help, Tommy


      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3.    30 Mar 2007 #3
    TommyVee Guest

    Re: Baffled by Inconsistent and Irrational Vista Backup Behavior


    Thanks Jill. The flowchart and documentation explain it. I "forced" a full
    backup by "changing" the schedule and checking the "take full backup" box in
    the process. The new backup set folder is indeed being created. If you talk
    to the developers, one thing I would askis that it would be nice to have a
    button for forcing a full backup, without having to "change" the backup
    parameters to do it.

    When this full backup finishes, I'll try a restore again. Maybe I did
    something wrong. I will admit that I'm still trying to get used to the new
    file explorer given the changes to the old "Documents and Settings" folder
    structure (and the smaller indentations to quickly see the hierchy!).

    Thanks once again, Tommy

    "Jill Zoeller [MSFT]" wrote:

    > Hi Tommy, see my answers below.
    >
    > > 1. I don't see anywhere in the tool where you specify the type of backup.
    > > Is
    > > a full backup taken when you manually start the backup, and incremental on
    > > automatically scheduled backups?

    >
    > The first backup you run is full. Subsequent scheduled backups are
    > incrementals. However, there are cases where a full backup is triggered. We
    > have a flowchart to illustrate this at
    > http://cfsbloggers.members.winisp.ne...crementall.jpg.
    >
    > That being said, I don't think there's a way to have two schedules running
    > concurrently, one for daily and one for monthly. The full/incremental logic
    > tries to ensure that you do have a periodic full backup. Once you set up
    > your scheduled backups, you can run through the wizard again (using the
    > Change Settings option) and there is a check box on one of the pages that
    > says "Create a new, full backup now in addition to saving settings."
    >
    > > 2. My assumption would have been that a new backup set folder is created
    > > for
    > > each full backup, and that the incrementals would be in that backup set
    > > folder. Is that the expected behavior? I have yet to see a new backup set
    > > folder created since I did the original manual backup.

    >
    > Yes, your assumption is correct.
    >
    > > 3. Some of the "incrementals" in the backup set are not incrementals at
    > > all
    > > - they are full backups and my auxiliary drive ran out of space! Last
    > > modified dates of files haven't been changed since the last full backup,
    > > is
    > > the "archive bit" (or whatever the utility uses) getting screwed up here?

    >
    > Those files changed in some way that's not reflected in Last Modified Date.
    > See
    > http://blogs.technet.com/filecab/arc...-expected.aspx
    > for details.
    >
    > > 4. I ran a test restore of a folder to alternate location, and it seemed
    > > to
    > > work OK. When I went to File Explorer I couldn't find the restored
    > > folder.
    > > Ironically, I found it with a Search, but I could not see it when I
    > > navigated
    > > with F/E.

    >
    > Hmm, not sure what to tell you with this. Can you reproduce this
    > consistently?
    >
    > --
    > This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    >
    > Want to learn more about Windows file and storage technologies? Visit our
    > team blog at http://blogs.technet.com/filecab/default.aspx.
    >
    >
    > "TommyVee" <TommyVee@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:1288DBC3-D4F1-4E9E-B6C3-7FDB3A6A46CD@microsoft.com...
    > > OS is Vista Home Premium. In a nutshell, what I'd like to do is to
    > > manually
    > > run a full backup for Documents, Pictures, Music and Videos on a monthly
    > > basis. On a daily basis, I'd like to automatically schedule an
    > > incremental.
    > > Here are my questions:
    > >
    > > 1. I don't see anywhere in the tool where you specify the type of backup.
    > > Is
    > > a full backup taken when you manually start the backup, and incremental on
    > > automatically scheduled backups?
    > >
    > > 2. My assumption would have been that a new backup set folder is created
    > > for
    > > each full backup, and that the incrementals would be in that backup set
    > > folder. Is that the expected behavior? I have yet to see a new backup set
    > > folder created since I did the original manual backup.
    > >
    > > 3. Some of the "incrementals" in the backup set are not incrementals at
    > > all
    > > - they are full backups and my auxiliary drive ran out of space! Last
    > > modified dates of files haven't been changed since the last full backup,
    > > is
    > > the "archive bit" (or whatever the utility uses) getting screwed up here?
    > >
    > > 4. I ran a test restore of a folder to alternate location, and it seemed
    > > to
    > > work OK. When I went to File Explorer I couldn't find the restored
    > > folder.
    > > Ironically, I found it with a Search, but I could not see it when I
    > > navigated
    > > with F/E.
    > >
    > > Once again, I am baffled by this behavior and I am getting nervous that my
    > > data isn't getting properly backed up.
    > >
    > > Thanks in advance for any help, Tommy

    >
    >

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4.    30 Mar 2007 #4
    Curtis Guest

    Re: Baffled by Inconsistent and Irrational Vista Backup Behavior


    Can't you do this using the command line and then task scheduler to automate
    it. I do this to do a Complete PC Backup once a month.
    This is the command I have:
    C:\Windows\System32\wbadmin.exe start backup -backupTarget:f: -include:c:

    This backsup my C drive to my F drive. This does a complete PC Backup
    though. Not sure how to get the other one to do a complete.

    "Jill Zoeller [MSFT]" <jillz@online.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:usRkjvucHHA.4216@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    > Hi Tommy, see my answers below.
    >
    >> 1. I don't see anywhere in the tool where you specify the type of backup.
    >> Is
    >> a full backup taken when you manually start the backup, and incremental
    >> on
    >> automatically scheduled backups?

    >
    > The first backup you run is full. Subsequent scheduled backups are
    > incrementals. However, there are cases where a full backup is triggered.
    > We have a flowchart to illustrate this at
    > http://cfsbloggers.members.winisp.ne...crementall.jpg.
    >
    > That being said, I don't think there's a way to have two schedules running
    > concurrently, one for daily and one for monthly. The full/incremental
    > logic tries to ensure that you do have a periodic full backup. Once you
    > set up your scheduled backups, you can run through the wizard again (using
    > the Change Settings option) and there is a check box on one of the pages
    > that says "Create a new, full backup now in addition to saving settings."
    >
    >> 2. My assumption would have been that a new backup set folder is created
    >> for
    >> each full backup, and that the incrementals would be in that backup set
    >> folder. Is that the expected behavior? I have yet to see a new backup set
    >> folder created since I did the original manual backup.

    >
    > Yes, your assumption is correct.
    >
    >> 3. Some of the "incrementals" in the backup set are not incrementals at
    >> all
    >> - they are full backups and my auxiliary drive ran out of space! Last
    >> modified dates of files haven't been changed since the last full backup,
    >> is
    >> the "archive bit" (or whatever the utility uses) getting screwed up here?

    >
    > Those files changed in some way that's not reflected in Last Modified
    > Date. See
    > http://blogs.technet.com/filecab/arc...-expected.aspx
    > for details.
    >
    >> 4. I ran a test restore of a folder to alternate location, and it seemed
    >> to
    >> work OK. When I went to File Explorer I couldn't find the restored
    >> folder.
    >> Ironically, I found it with a Search, but I could not see it when I
    >> navigated
    >> with F/E.

    >
    > Hmm, not sure what to tell you with this. Can you reproduce this
    > consistently?
    >
    > --
    > This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no
    > rights.
    >
    > Want to learn more about Windows file and storage technologies? Visit our
    > team blog at http://blogs.technet.com/filecab/default.aspx.
    >
    >
    > "TommyVee" <TommyVee@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:1288DBC3-D4F1-4E9E-B6C3-7FDB3A6A46CD@microsoft.com...
    >> OS is Vista Home Premium. In a nutshell, what I'd like to do is to
    >> manually
    >> run a full backup for Documents, Pictures, Music and Videos on a monthly
    >> basis. On a daily basis, I'd like to automatically schedule an
    >> incremental.
    >> Here are my questions:
    >>
    >> 1. I don't see anywhere in the tool where you specify the type of backup.
    >> Is
    >> a full backup taken when you manually start the backup, and incremental
    >> on
    >> automatically scheduled backups?
    >>
    >> 2. My assumption would have been that a new backup set folder is created
    >> for
    >> each full backup, and that the incrementals would be in that backup set
    >> folder. Is that the expected behavior? I have yet to see a new backup set
    >> folder created since I did the original manual backup.
    >>
    >> 3. Some of the "incrementals" in the backup set are not incrementals at
    >> all
    >> - they are full backups and my auxiliary drive ran out of space! Last
    >> modified dates of files haven't been changed since the last full backup,
    >> is
    >> the "archive bit" (or whatever the utility uses) getting screwed up here?
    >>
    >> 4. I ran a test restore of a folder to alternate location, and it seemed
    >> to
    >> work OK. When I went to File Explorer I couldn't find the restored
    >> folder.
    >> Ironically, I found it with a Search, but I could not see it when I
    >> navigated
    >> with F/E.
    >>
    >> Once again, I am baffled by this behavior and I am getting nervous that
    >> my
    >> data isn't getting properly backed up.
    >>
    >> Thanks in advance for any help, Tommy

    >


      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5.    30 Mar 2007 #5
    Jill Zoeller [MSFT] Guest

    Re: Baffled by Inconsistent and Irrational Vista Backup Behavior


    Wbadmin is the command-line equivalent of Complete PC Backup, which isn't
    available in Premium. Unfortunately there is no command-line equivalent for
    the File Backup tool.

    --
    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.

    Want to learn more about Windows file and storage technologies? Visit our
    team blog at http://blogs.technet.com/filecab/default.aspx.


    "Curtis" <zhackwyatt@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:562AB662-4C1D-4F31-AEBB-37BE9580566B@microsoft.com...
    > Can't you do this using the command line and then task scheduler to
    > automate it. I do this to do a Complete PC Backup once a month.
    > This is the command I have:
    > C:\Windows\System32\wbadmin.exe start backup -backupTarget:f: -include:c:
    >
    > This backsup my C drive to my F drive. This does a complete PC Backup
    > though. Not sure how to get the other one to do a complete.
    >
    > "Jill Zoeller [MSFT]" <jillz@online.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:usRkjvucHHA.4216@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >> Hi Tommy, see my answers below.
    >>
    >>> 1. I don't see anywhere in the tool where you specify the type of
    >>> backup. Is
    >>> a full backup taken when you manually start the backup, and incremental
    >>> on
    >>> automatically scheduled backups?

    >>
    >> The first backup you run is full. Subsequent scheduled backups are
    >> incrementals. However, there are cases where a full backup is triggered.
    >> We have a flowchart to illustrate this at
    >> http://cfsbloggers.members.winisp.ne...crementall.jpg.
    >>
    >> That being said, I don't think there's a way to have two schedules
    >> running concurrently, one for daily and one for monthly. The
    >> full/incremental logic tries to ensure that you do have a periodic full
    >> backup. Once you set up your scheduled backups, you can run through the
    >> wizard again (using the Change Settings option) and there is a check box
    >> on one of the pages that says "Create a new, full backup now in addition
    >> to saving settings."
    >>
    >>> 2. My assumption would have been that a new backup set folder is created
    >>> for
    >>> each full backup, and that the incrementals would be in that backup set
    >>> folder. Is that the expected behavior? I have yet to see a new backup
    >>> set
    >>> folder created since I did the original manual backup.

    >>
    >> Yes, your assumption is correct.
    >>
    >>> 3. Some of the "incrementals" in the backup set are not incrementals at
    >>> all
    >>> - they are full backups and my auxiliary drive ran out of space! Last
    >>> modified dates of files haven't been changed since the last full backup,
    >>> is
    >>> the "archive bit" (or whatever the utility uses) getting screwed up
    >>> here?

    >>
    >> Those files changed in some way that's not reflected in Last Modified
    >> Date. See
    >> http://blogs.technet.com/filecab/arc...-expected.aspx
    >> for details.
    >>
    >>> 4. I ran a test restore of a folder to alternate location, and it seemed
    >>> to
    >>> work OK. When I went to File Explorer I couldn't find the restored
    >>> folder.
    >>> Ironically, I found it with a Search, but I could not see it when I
    >>> navigated
    >>> with F/E.

    >>
    >> Hmm, not sure what to tell you with this. Can you reproduce this
    >> consistently?
    >>
    >> --
    >> This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no
    >> rights.
    >>
    >> Want to learn more about Windows file and storage technologies? Visit our
    >> team blog at http://blogs.technet.com/filecab/default.aspx.
    >>
    >>
    >> "TommyVee" <TommyVee@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> news:1288DBC3-D4F1-4E9E-B6C3-7FDB3A6A46CD@microsoft.com...
    >>> OS is Vista Home Premium. In a nutshell, what I'd like to do is to
    >>> manually
    >>> run a full backup for Documents, Pictures, Music and Videos on a monthly
    >>> basis. On a daily basis, I'd like to automatically schedule an
    >>> incremental.
    >>> Here are my questions:
    >>>
    >>> 1. I don't see anywhere in the tool where you specify the type of
    >>> backup. Is
    >>> a full backup taken when you manually start the backup, and incremental
    >>> on
    >>> automatically scheduled backups?
    >>>
    >>> 2. My assumption would have been that a new backup set folder is created
    >>> for
    >>> each full backup, and that the incrementals would be in that backup set
    >>> folder. Is that the expected behavior? I have yet to see a new backup
    >>> set
    >>> folder created since I did the original manual backup.
    >>>
    >>> 3. Some of the "incrementals" in the backup set are not incrementals at
    >>> all
    >>> - they are full backups and my auxiliary drive ran out of space! Last
    >>> modified dates of files haven't been changed since the last full backup,
    >>> is
    >>> the "archive bit" (or whatever the utility uses) getting screwed up
    >>> here?
    >>>
    >>> 4. I ran a test restore of a folder to alternate location, and it seemed
    >>> to
    >>> work OK. When I went to File Explorer I couldn't find the restored
    >>> folder.
    >>> Ironically, I found it with a Search, but I could not see it when I
    >>> navigated
    >>> with F/E.
    >>>
    >>> Once again, I am baffled by this behavior and I am getting nervous that
    >>> my
    >>> data isn't getting properly backed up.
    >>>
    >>> Thanks in advance for any help, Tommy

    >>

    >


      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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