Microsoft Backup News, May 2008 Edition

Microsoft Backup News, May 2008 Edition

The 'Fix' Is In for Windows Home Server+NTFS Compression Bug

Windows Home Server users, already worrying about the possibility of data corruption when directly working with files stored on a multiple-drive-equipped WHS system, have a second problem to worry about: what happens when WHS backs up files stored using NTFS compression? As KB 950190 reveals, the results might not be pretty:

If the compressed file uses more disk space than the original file, a small amount of data at the end of the file may be lost during the backup process. This data loss results in a corrupted file or a partially-corrupted file, depending on the corresponding file types. The file types that may be affected by this issue include, but are not limited to, CAB, ZIP, JPG, and PNG.

Fortunately, KB 950190 also provides updates for the Windows Home Server Connector software (and the updates will also be coming through on Windows Update).

When will there be an update for the direct-access data corruption bug in WHS? The latest estimate is June. In the meantime, read KB 946676 and follow its recommendations.

Outlook 2007 Users - Your .PST Backup Solution Has Arrived

The venerable Microsoft Outlook Personal Folders Backup tool, pfbackup.exe, has finally been updated for use with Outlook 2007. The new version also works with Outlook 2002 and 2003. You can choose which .PST folders to back up, as illustrated in this tutorial.



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It's the same pfbackup.exe. It worked on Outlook 2007 before, but I am thinking people were just confused and didn't actually TRY it. So most likely MS just now added the 2007 label because of people bugging them about a "2007 version".

Just a guess on my part, but it makes sense doesn't it?



...but I don't blame cautious (read: most business) users for not trying it without an indication it would actually work.
It's amazing how illogical a business built on binary logic can be.



Thanks for the great tip. I like add-ons that can help make my backups easier. These tips should also be included in a section in the magazine. Thanks again!

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