How To Allow System State Backups To Critical Volumes In Windows Server 2008?

by [Published on 14 Jan. 2009 / Last Updated on 13 Oct. 2008]

This article explains a registry hack you can use to allow System State to be backed up to a critical volume in Windows Server 2008.

When you try to backup the System State backup on a critical volume on a computer running Windows Server 2008, you will get the error message. This is because of the default behavior of Windows Server 2008. It doesn't allow you to take backup of System State data on a "Critical Volume".

You can change this behavior by hacking the following registry entry:

  • KEY_NAME: HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\wbengine\SystemStateBackup
  • ENTRY_NAME: AllowSSBToAnyVolume
  • VALUE:  (0) - Don't Allow, (1) - Allow


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Nirmal Sharma is a MCSEx3, MCITP and was awarded the Microsoft MVP award in Directory Services and Windows Networking. He specializes in Microsoft Azure, Office 365, Directory Services, Failover Clusters, Hyper-V, PowerShell Scripting and System Center products. Nirmal has been involved with Microsoft Technologies since 1994. In his spare time, he likes to help others and share some of his knowledge by writing tips and articles on various sites and contributing to PowerShell-based Dynamic Packs for www.ITDynamicPacks.Net solutions.

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