Windows server 2008 R2 System State backup fails with “The version does not support this version of the file format”

After buying few more disks for our Thecus NAS 7700Pro I have decided to have System State backup of one of our servers.

After creating a new share, configuring backup task, I’ve encountered a following error:

The version does not support this version of the file format

After some googling, testing and changing options in smb.conf I’ve found that following solution as most simple:

  1. Create RAID filesystem of ext3 or 4 type, ZFS filesystem didn’t work in our environment
  2. After creating new RAID, create SMB share for backups
  3. Reconfigure following SMB Setting on NAS:

Windows Server Backup to NAS:

change from:

Full backup (Block-level)


Folder backup(File-level)

After restarting, NAS is ready to receive backups.

In addition  to above, I have created a simple batch which executes a full System State as well as all drives:

wbadmin start systemstatebackup -backupTarget:\\IP_ADDRESS\Backup_OS\ -quiet

and set it in with Task Scheduler to run once a week.

That’s all 🙂

By |2014-06-27T16:16:31+00:00January 27th, 2014|Microsoft, NAS, Windows Server|0 Comments

About the Author:

I am passionate about Systems Administration. I like to face new challenges and test new environments.Windows and Linux Debian boxes (both physical and virtual) are my favourites. I like solving problems related to Windows Server roles and services as well as Linux but some distributions in particular. I'm not considering myself as Linux master but surely, I always do my best to fit the needs. On the other hand I consider myself as a Windows Server Professional and in terms of WS and Windows Desktops I always follow best practices, good advices and opinions from other admins.

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