Object “database name” failed in event OnBackup

08 May

This happened when I was attempting to run a full farm backup using the Central Admin GUI backup utility. This was the first attempt at backing up our environment.

Here is a screenshot of what appears in Central Admin

Backup Failure


Error Details

Object “database name” failed in event OnBackup.

For more information, see the error log located in the backup directory.

SqlException: Cannot open backup device ‘\\

\”backup directory”\spbr001F000000B.bak’. Device

error or device off-line. See the SQL Server error log

for more details. BACKUP DATABASE is terminating abnormally.


This turned out to be a DNS issue between our database server and our SharePoint server. Our SharePoint server was not registering properly in DNS.  It was pointing to an internal DNS server so we changed our SP server to point to the correct DNS server. A simple fix for a not-so-simple error message.

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Posted by on May 8, 2009 in SharePoint Common Issues


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