System State Backup

Server Manager :: Tools :: Windows Server Backup

Backing up an Active Directory installation, you can create a system state backup. The backups must be saved to another physical drive connected to the server – they cannot be done over a network share.

Start backup to D: drive:

wbadmin start systemstatebackup -backuptarget:d:

Logs about backups are saved to C:\Windows\Logs\

Volume Shadow Copy service must also be running.


In case of errors, run diskshadow to see what files it may be failing on.

diskshadow /l out.txt
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notepad out.txt