Troubleshoot Cloud Backup on Windows 2008 servers

  • Last updated on: 2020-01-15
  • Authored by: Shaun Crumpler

Note: If your server is running a Linux® operating system, see Cloud backup troubleshooting on Linux.

This article is to assist you if you are experiencing Cloud Backup issues that are caused by the backup agent being disconnected on the Windows® instance, including the following items:

  • Backups aren’t running.
  • Backups take too long to complete.
  • Cloud Backup uses all of the server’s resources.

As a Managed Infrastructure customer who administers your own servers, this article helps you to diagnose if the server is experiencing an issue that you can remedy, or if the issue should be escalated to a member of Rackspace Support. This article provides helpful information that you can include when you create a ticket that might expedite the response.

Check for open issues

Before you restart the DriveClient service, check to ensure that there are no Cloud Backup open issues that could be impacting your server instance. In addition, check the current support tickets to ensure that there has not been an incident that is causing the lack of accessibility of the server.

Use the following steps to check your open support ticket:

  1. Log in to the Cloud Control Panel.
  2. In the top navigation bar, click Select a Product > Rackspace Cloud.
  3. Select Tickets > Ticket List.

If there is no open support ticket about the server in question, attempt to establish a connection, as shown in the next section.

Establish connection

  1. Log in to the Cloud Control Panel.
  2. In the top navigation bar, click Select a Product > Rackspace Cloud.
  3. Select Backups > Systems.
  4. From the list of Cloud Backup systems, click the backup server name. This action displays the following details about the backup system:

    • The Internet Protocol (IP) address of the server
    • The system type
    • The server region
    • If encryption is enabled
    • The backup region
    • The agent version
  5. To the right of the system name, review the status of the backup agent. The backup status is connected or disconnected.

  6. Wait 10 seconds to ensure that the status is accurate because it can change after a few seconds.

  7. After 10 seconds, perform one of the following actions:

    • If the status is connected, try to run the backup again, and if it fails, contact Rackspace Support.
    • If the status is disconnected, restart the DriveClient service as shown in the next section.

Restart the DriveClient service

Use the following steps to restart the DriveClient service:

  1. To restart the DriveClient service, log in to the server by using Remote Desktop (RDP) and click the Start button in the bottom-left corner of the Windows desktop.

  2. In the Search field, search for services.msc.

  3. Click services in the Programs field.

  4. Locate the Driveclient Service in the Services (Local) list.

  5. Right-click on Driveclient Service and then choose the Restart option.

  6. A pop-up displays the status of the restart.

  7. After the restart is complete, find the DriveClient Service again in the Services (Local) list, and ensure that its status is Started.

  8. A common reason for the driveclient not showing as started is that it is not set to start after a reboot. To resolve this problem, right-click on the DriveClient Service and choose Properties.

  9. Click the drop-down menu next to Startup type and select (if not already selected) Automatic.

  10. Click OK at the bottom of the page.

  11. After the service restarts, go to the Cloud Control Panel again to check the backup status.

    • If the status is connected, try to run the backup again.
    • If the status is disconnected, download the backup log from within Windows on the server. If it fails again, contact Rackspace Support. The log is located at C:\ProgramData\Driveclient\log\driveclient.log. To expedite the issue response, attach this log to a ticket for Rackspace Support.

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