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Windows Server Backup to Multiple Disks

posted Jun 17, 2012, 10:23 AM by Jeremy Walker
Personally, I feel better when my customers have multiple copies of their systems and even more so when they have at least one of those copies off-site. I was excited when I first heard of Windows Server Backup and how it makes full system snapshots. I was sold on it when I learned it can backup to more than one disk.

WSB has a quirk when adding more destinations to the schedule. The wizard complains when you attempt to add a destination and the other destinations are offline or disconnected. Here's how to add a destination without the wizard.
  1. Ensure the Windows Server Backup Command-line tools feature is installed.
  2. Open an elevated command prompt.
  3. Type wbadmin get disks to list available disks.
  4. Copy the Disk Identifier and make sure to include the squiggly braces.
  5. Type wbadmin enable backup -addtarget:<Paste Disk Identifier Here>
The tool will format the disk and update the schedule without checking the other destinations.