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I would like to be able snapshot the system volume, mount that shadow copy, then run my own hand-rolled copy on it all from a batch file. How can I do this on Windows 7?

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Is this for 1 desktop or a corporate environment? Would it equally apply to Server 2008? –  Andrew Dec 6 '10 at 0:07
@Andrew: You caught me. It's for a single desktop, but I figured the ServerFauly folks would be more likely to have an answer than the SuperUser folks because mucking with VSS isn't something I'd expect a user to do. IIRC, Win2008 has a binary that'll do this from the cmdline, so that's why I specified Win7. –  kbyrd Dec 6 '10 at 20:12

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