View backup status

Updated: March 30, 2011

Applies To: Windows Home Server 2011

You can view the backup status for each computer on your network. The Backup Details page shows you additional information about individual backups. You can see the volumes included in the backup, the status of each volume in the backup, and what folders were excluded.

Backup Status

Computer backups may or may not always finish successfully.

To view backup status

  1. Open the Dashboard.

  2. Click the Computers and Backup tab.

  3. Click to select the computer for which you want to view the backup status, and then click View the computer properties in the Tasks pane.

  4. On the Properties dialog box, click the Backup tab. You will see one of the following in the status column:

    • Complete

      The backup finished successfully. You can restore your full system from this backup.

    • Incomplete

      One or more drives were not backed up. Some data may not be recoverable from this backup. If the system drive was not backed up then you cannot do a full system restore from this backup.

    • Unsuccessful

      A backup was not created. You cannot recover any data from this backup. A backup may fail completely for the following reasons:

      • It may have been cancelled.

      • It can't begin or finish because of network problems. Network problems can be caused by disconnected cables, failure of the network switch or hub, or radio-signal interference if you have a wireless network. Check these items if your backups are failing completely.

      • The computer being backed up may not have enough free space on its hard drive. There must be enough free space on the home computer to create a restore point.

  5. To view the details for a specific backup, click the backup, and then click View details.

  6. Click OK to close the Backup Details dialog box when you finish reviewing the details of the backup.

  7. Click OK to close the Properties dialog box when you finish review the backup status.