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Bug of the day: Sorting in Windows Server Backup

For me, Windows Server Backup (2012) is actually a huge bug itself. Just have a look at my backup history:


Best of all: Every failure gives a nice cryptic error message (without any details), like:

  • “There was a failure in creating a directory on the backup storage location.”
  • “None of the items included in backup were backed up.”
  • “The specified component was not reported by the VSS writer.”

So far, I haven’t been able to get a reliable backup via Windows Server Backup.

So, until I get this fixed, let’s start with something light:


Take a good look on how the dates are sorted. Nice, isn’t it?


  1. Andreas said:

    It’s sorted/grouped by Backup target, then by date.

    • Sebastian Krysmanski (post author) replied:

      No, if it was sorted by backup target, then “ExtBackup” would be listed at the beginning or the end of the list – not in the middle. It is sorted alphanumerically by the “Backup time” column (as indicated by the sorting arrow).

  2. Andrea Vai said:

    it’s sorted “alphabetically” by date, so 01/xx/yy comes before 02/zz/kk, whatever xx, yy, zz, kk are (see also 04/12/2012 shown before 22.09.2012, for example, because “04”<"22"). I am currently trying to understand if someone at microsoft is aware of this bug

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