Microsoft SQL backup Job fails with the error stating "Final error: 0xe000fe21 - An invalid path or file name was specified."

Article:TECH64121  |  Created: 2008-01-16  |  Updated: 2012-09-13  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH64121
Article Type
Technical Solution

Product(s)

Issue



Microsoft SQL backup Job fails with the error stating "Final error: 0xe000fe21 - An invalid path or file name was specified."


Error



Final error: 0xe000fe21 - An invalid path or file name was specified.
Backup- SERVERNAME\DB-NAME WARNING: "SERVERNAME\DB-NAME " is a corrupt file.

This file cannot verify.


Cause



This occurs during AOFO-enabled backups of SQL databases.

Beremote debug Output:
[4008] 10/16/08 14:19:16 brUtil::OpenActiveObject Error: 0xE000FE21 Could not find the object Data/DBNAME_data.mdf C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL.1\MSSQL\Data/DBNAME_data.mdf

 


Solution




A)  
Perform the backup without using the AOFO option.

Snapshot processing with AOFO can significantly reduce server performance, especially when backing up during production hours.

B)  If backup needs to be performed with AOFO option, detach and re-attach the SQL database.

TECH36492 for  fixing the "database specified does not exist" error has the same solution as this case ie detaching and re-attaching the database.  For further detailed steps, please see the related article which describes using OSQL command line or SQL Enterprise Manager for SQL Server 2000.
 
Customers with SQL Server 2005 or SQL Server 2008 should use Management Studio instead of Enterprise Manager.
 

Supplemental Materials

SourceUMI
ValueV-79-57344-65057
Description

Final error: 0xe000fe21 - An invalid path or file name was specified.


SourceError Code
Value0xe000fe21
Description

An invalid path or file name was specified.



Legacy ID



311764


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