To backup a domain controller with powershell. Use the script below to place it on the network. This scripts requires the Windows Server Backup Feature and can be scheduled

Import-Module ServerManager
[string]$date = get-date -f 'yyyy-MM-dd'
$TestTargetUNC= Test-Path -Path $TargetUNC
if (!($TestTargetUNC)){
New-Item -Path $TargetUNC -ItemType directory
$WBadmin_cmd = "wbadmin.exe START BACKUP -backupTarget:$TargetUNC -systemState -noverify -vssCopy -quiet"
Invoke-Expression $WBadmin_cmd

If an error occurs:

Detailed error: The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect. The backup of the system state failed 

Make sure all drivers are set correct. In my case changing the path of vsock did the trick. How to find the driver path? Open an elevated prompt and execute the following commands:

DiskShadow /L writers.txt
list writers detailed

Check the directories, in my case the string which was found was the following:

File List: Path = c:\windows\\systemroot\system32\drivers, Filespec = vsock.sys

To correct the path, open the Registry Editor and go to reg key HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\vsock

Change the ImagePath value from


Run the backup again, it should say:

The backup operation successfully completed.
The backup of volume (C:) completed successfully.
The backup of the system state successfully completed [01.06.2020 09:52].


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