Archive for 2014

How to Delete All VSS Shadows and Orphaned Shadows

What Causes VSS Shadows to Stick? Deleting orphaned Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) shadows may be necessary from time to time for several reasons. A: You are using defect backup software or some scripts that don't clean up correctly. In that case follow instructions below and switch to BackupChain®. B: Your backup software crashes all […]

Virtual Machine Backup Software Guide & Tutorial Links

Virtual machine backup software is a new class of disaster recovery tools and deserves special attention. While some products are all-in-one backup software solutions, such as BackupChain, other tools may be for virtual backup only. We put together a list of virtual machine guides and how-to tutorials for your convenience that describe how to backup […]

18 Pros and Cons of External Hard Drives

In this detailed article we discuss the advantages and disadvantages of external hard drives, connected via USB, eSATA, or Firewire. With the advent of USB 3, all modern PCs, servers, and laptops now offer a very simple interface for plugging in portable storage and as we summarize below, external hard drives are perfect for dozens […]

Bit Rot & Data Loss: Are You Aware of Its Damage Potential?

Bit rot is a very complex phenomenon. While most publications refer to hard drives and tapes, such as http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/01/bitrot-and-atomic-cows-inside-next-gen-filesystems/ http://www.economist.com/node/21553445 the reality is much worse because bit rot also affects RAM and CPUs. Damaged RAM can be quite difficult to spot, too.   How Damaged RAM can interfere with your data and affect your backups […]

How to Rollout Windows Updates Without Internet Connection

A big thank you to our customer Prince James, who recommended the following tool for offline Windows Update installation:     Portable Update, available at http://www.portableupdate.com/     Another alternative tool is: WSUS Offline Update, available at http://www.wsusoffline.net/docs/     Both tools allow you to download all current Windows Updates to a disk, folder, or […]

Best Practices for Server Backup, Data Backup, and Hyper-V Backup

This article summarizes best practices on how to manage Windows Server backups, server data and files, and Hyper-V backups. Keep enough disk space free at all times: At the source as well as the target Free disk space is of paramount importance. All kinds of strange software errors emerge, even from Microsoft Windows itself, when […]

How to Fix Disk Signature Error PartMgr 58

The disk signature error "PartMgr" ID 58 may occur on its own or when a virtual machine backup is initiated. You'll need to check whether there are disks that have the same disk signature. In the case of Hyper-V, check if any of the VM disks inside the VM have the same disk signature as […]

How to Fix 0x8007000e E_OUTOFMEMORY VSS Error

The Volume Shadow Copy Service error 0x8007000e E_OUTOFMEMORY may occur in your logs as shown below:    Processing Writer 'Microsoft Hyper-V VSS Writer':     Adding this component: …… Creating shadow set  … (Waiting for the asynchronous operation to finish…) (Waiting for the asynchronous operation to finish…) (Waiting for the asynchronous operation to finish…) Error during […]

18 Hyper-V Tips & Strategies You Need to Know

The following in-depth article summarizes common Hyper-V and HyperV virtual machine backup tips and tricks that our BackupChain tech support team gathered over time since we first rolled out in 2009. BackupChain now also supports backups on Windows Server 2016 as well as Windows 10. While some of the points below are focusing on backup, […]