Windows Server Backup not running backup job

Windows Server backup is a great out of the box utility in Windows Server 2008 R2 and higher versions for performing good backups if you don’t have the budget for a more advanced and feature rich backup utility for your servers.  In working with a client the other day who had just implemented Windows Server backup on an R2 server, they noticed they were not getting backups a couple of days in and in fact had not captured any backup successfully since the job was implemented.

The weird thing was they didn’t see any errors in the Application event log either for the backup utility.  Their environment was rather complicated being a multi forest and domain environment where user permissions often cause issues.  In looking at the logs, sure enough, there were no errors to speak of in the event viewer.  However, the root cause of the issue was discovered when opening the task scheduler app and drilling down to the Windows >> Backup section and looking at the run history of the task itself.  The problem was that the task never got to the point of kicking off the backup job and the following error was recorded in the last run result field:

Logon failure: the user has not been granted the requested logon type at this computer. (0x80070569

On taking a closer look the user account although it was a domain admin for the server being backed up and also had permissions to the network share target, was not allowed the logon as a batch job user rights.  After adding the user to the system rights appropriately, the backup job was able to successfully run and complete as expected.

***Note*** In some environments, the user rights assignments is defined at the domain level via GPO.  If this is the case, you may find that the dialog box to add a user or group to the user rights assignment from the server itself is greyed out.  If this is the case, you will need to define the additional user or group from the GPO itself.

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Brandon Lee

Brandon Lee is the Senior Writer, Engineer and owner at and has over two decades of experience in Information Technology. Having worked for numerous Fortune 500 companies as well as in various industries, Brandon has extensive experience in various IT segments and is a strong advocate for open source technologies. Brandon holds many industry certifications, loves the outdoors and spending time with family.

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