One could simply write some scripts that would be lauched using the pre and post script starters of your backup software that could handle this task. April 30, at 1: I intend to do a full article at some point about this product once it is installed. This is excellent for scripting, because now you can create a persistent VSS snapshot and mount it as a drive and copy things off of it…like perhaps a backup. Sign up or log in Sign up using Google. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here

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October 24, at 7: Contents of shadow copy set ID: On the file system, VSS is used to implement the “Previous Versions” feature, which is solely used for snapshotting changes to files and folders at predefined points in time for recovery via the Previous Versions tab in clients.

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Allan Fernandes Allan Fernandes 64 1 1 silver badge 11 11 bronze badges. Create shadow copy set — Setting the VSS context to: Writers are applications that are writing data to disk in such a way that there might be in flight data. I’m familiar with a now-dead product which used this technique windowd replicate data despite files being exclusively opened by other processes in the live file system.


You are using Microsoft Internet Explorer! Server Fault works best with JavaScript enabled. Execute output If matches. This COW snapshot is only updated with differential data. Email Required, but never shown. Now backup the contents of S: Email required Address never made public. Have a look at my answer.

John Gardeniers John Gardeniers Windows to Linux with SSH or putty. Shadow copies on an NTFS volume will be deleted if the NTFS volume is subsequently mounted on an older operating system, either by dual booting or by moving the hard drive. You are commenting using your Facebook account. He is not trying to use VSS as the source of a backup, he is trying to use it to create a read only point in time snapshot of his files that he can then transfer to a tape eindows or some other medium.

Lets do a few examples of this process.

vshadow.exe windows 2003

You will need this to expose this volume as a drive letter or a mount point. I don’t need complete “snapshot of the system”, only a point-in-time copy of a single volume.

Sample scripts Simple batch script to backup “C: Asked 5 years, 8 months ago. The application will then access that volume vshaow.exe process it however it wanted to. There are many other features of VSS that seem like they would be interesting to explore, such as transportable snapshots, etc.


This will expose the snapshot with winvows ID string that is in the braces on the mount point of M: In Windows 8 the ability to create persistent shadow copies Previous Versions will be removed.

DISKSHADOW (Windows 2008 )

Feel free to use it in accordance with cc-by-sa. I will follow up as soon as this is through staging. You can reset or exit now if you wish.

You can create the shadow via vshadow.

vshadow.exe windows 2003

Quit 1 End Sub I hope this helps somebody. I was able to implement this as part of vshadow.eexe backup solution using Arcserve as a poor man’s open file backup. I’d like to make consistent backups via shadow copy, ideally without ever having to stop the indexer at all.

Could it be used with Robocopy?