Volume Shadow Copy Service

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On Windows: is it safe to do a robocopy in order to clone the system?

Let me start by giving a bit of a background. On Linux systems, I frequently rely on the fact that as long as I can get all files over from one hard drive to another, and as long as I fix up the boot ...
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How to use a Volume Shadow Copy to make backups

The plan is to create a shadow copy of a quite large, I/O-heavy volume. It's 350GB, containing a filesystem-based fulltext index organized in hundreds of folders and hundred-thousands of tiny files ...
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Windows 2008 R2 - shadow copy management and retention

This has bothered me over the years and I'm dealing with it again now. I've never quite understood the full black magic that is Shadow Copies/VSS. I get it to the extent of what it does and how to ...
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Command line backup of running Hyper-V images using Volume Shadow Copies (VSS) and Diskshadow.exe

I need to backup running Hyper-V virtual machines with minimal downtime via a command prompt. Backups should be stored on another local disk or remote share.
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Method for setting up Volume Shadow Copies on Server Core

Is there some obvious method I am not finding for how to setup the periodic creation of shadow copies for a given drive on a system running Windows without a GUI? From what I can tell going to the ...
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Does DFSR replicate shadow copies?

There a a few questions related to using DFSR and Shadow Copies together, but none that indicates if Shadow Copies replicate or not. Meaning, if I have a a pair of DFS replicas with Shadow Copies on ...
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Which user should a backup service run as?

I'm working on an application which uses Volume Shadow Copy Service to backup a particular file at regular intervals. This works when run as admin but when I run the service under the "Network ...
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How to enable volume shadow copy using Powershell?

How to enable volume shadow copy on specific drive (D:, E:,...) and set up schedule using Powershell ? I just need some hints how to start.
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SQL Server Backups using Volume Shadow Copy

Many well-known backup utilities for Windows use the Volume Shadow Copy Service built in to newer versions of windows to create a point-in-time snapshot of the disk in order to safely back up open ...
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Unable to restore from Shadow Copy due to long filename

We have shadow copy enabled on our Windows SBS 2008 server. Attempting to restore a file from shadow copy gave the following error- The source file name(s) are larger than is supported by the file ...
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What is needed for 'Previous Versions' to be visible on the client OS?

I have servers with Shadow Copies enabled taking snapshots a couple times a day. From the server, if you look at the local devices you can see the Previous Versions being populated reliably. But ...
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Full-featured online backup providers for medium-sized enterprise? [closed]

I've been banging my head against the wall trying to find an online backup service that supports all of the following enterprisey features: Full-system backup for Linux and Windows 2003/2008 ...
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Windows 2012 Hyper-v backup

We upgraded a Hyper V from 2008 R2 to Windows 2012. Then we copied one VHD (copy/paste) from one 2008 R2 to this new 2012 machine. Everything works well, and we decided to use a out of the box 2012 ...
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What is VSS and what is it used for?

I'm pretty sure when SysAdmins talk about VSS they aren't talking about Visual Source Safe...
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Windows: making a system backup with vshadow+robocopy tools

For years, I have used vshadow + robocopy to backup data partitions to a remote iSCSI volume. This has been a very efficient method. This has allowed me to have a "perfect" copy. Open files are ...
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Application\CAPI2 Event 513 - Cryptographic Services failed while processing the OnIdentity() call in the System Writer Object

A team member informed me that one of our Windows Server 2008 (not 2008 R2) based MSSQL Servers had begun to generate CAPI2 Event ID 513 Errors in the Application Event Log: Application\CAPI2 ...
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Backing up my data causes my server to crash using Symantec Backup Exec 12, or How I Came to Loathe Irony

I have a Dell PowerEdge 2850 running Windows Server 2003. It is the primary file server for one of my clients. I have another server also running Windows Server 2003 that acts as the core media ...
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Hyper-V vss-writer not making current copies

I'm using diskshadow to backup live Hyper-V machines on a Windows 2008 server. The backup consists of 3 scripts, the first will create the shadow copies and expose them, the second uses robocopy to ...
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server 2008 r2 - wbadmin systemstatebackup - system writer not found in the backup

I am trying to manually run a systemstatebackup command on my server 2008 r2 box and I am getting an error code '2155347997' when I view the backup event log details. The command line tells me that I ...
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Tidy up old Windows Server Backup snapshots

I'm running wbadmin from a scheduled job, backing up my C: and D: drives to my E: and (I believe!) including the system state: wbadmin start backup -backuptarget:e: -include:c:,d: -allCritical ...
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Delete Shadow Copies Remotely

I currently use DISKSHADOW to remove shadow copies from our Hyper-V servers. To do this I have to log onto the server but psexec doesn't work. psexec \\hyper-v-server diskshadow DISKSHADOW> Error ...
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Best way to backup MySQL database server running in Hyper-V

We are running a production MySQL v5.5 database server on a Windows 2008 R2 VM. We are currently just performing a daily mysqldump of the database, and then backing those up. Our backup solution ...
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Exchange DiskShadow/Robocopy backup does not purge log files

I have a series of scripts setup to backup my Exchange. The following command is executed to start the process: diskshadow /s C:\Backup_Scripts\exchangeserverbackupscript1.dsh This is ...
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Disk imaging, active directory, and vss?

I am using a cloud hosting provider, which uses dedicated servers. They let you "image a disk" and then cancel the server. To image the disk, they use software which is similar to Clonezilla (no name ...
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SQL Server Database Backups using VSS versus native SQL Server

We are currently considering using Dell's EqualLogic Auto-Snapshot Manager/Microsoft Edition (ASM/ME) to backup our SQL Server databases. However, I am extremely skeptical of this, as ASM/ME uses ...
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VSS does not truncate Exchange 2013 Logs on Server 2012

I have a single exchange 2013 server on Server 2012. It is being backed up by Veeam and Veeam is utilizing VSS in its operations. The backups are actually working fine, but at the end of backups, ...
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Windows Server 2012 R2 VM Back up fails with Insufficient storage available to create either the shadow copy storage file or other shadow copy data

This problem was first encountered on an IBM x3650 in a cluster with an IBM x3550 for failover, however this problem is reproducible on a server running HyperV not part of a cluster. When I try to ...
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Is MySQL VSS “Safe” Yet?

From what I'm reading, there's plenty of statements that MySQL is at least partially VSS (Volume Snapshot Service) aware, with caveats etc. but all of the things I can find online regarding this are ...
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Set up DPM to use hardware VSS Provider with EMC Clariion SAN

We recently purchased an EMC Clariion AX4 SAN and we're using it to provide storage for our Hyper-V virtual machines. I've already got the servers registered with it and configured the failover ...
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Windows server backup keeps failing after upgraded my OS from Windows Server 2012 to Windows Server 2012 R2

I've got 2 hard disks installed on the server, one of them is specifically for backup purpose. Everything is fine before I upgrade my OS to Windows Server 2012 R2... And the problem is that after OS ...
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Where are diskshadow snapshots stored?

I am evaluating DISKSHADOW utility to take MSSQL database snapshots. I use the below set context persistent set option rollbackrecover txfrecover set verbose on begin backup add volume d: alias ...
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Mixing Volume Shadow Copy and Data Deduplication in Windows Server

I'm using Windows Server 2012 and I'm creating a scheduled backup for multiple Hyper-V guests (all of them are Windows Server 2012) to a dynamic VHDX on a removable USB drive (so that I can alternate ...
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Is it necessary to back up the System Volume Information folder?

On a Windows Small Business Server 2011, I have redirected the shadow copies for all volumes to a single, dedicated volume. This volume contains no other data; the only folder is System Volume ...
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Move files to new server, preserving shadow copies

I'm moving all my files from a physical Windows 2008 server to a virtual one, and was wondering if there is any way to retain my existing "previous versions" shadow copy data.
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Windows Server Backup Fails: There is not enough disk space to create the volume shadow copy…

We have a brand new Dell PowerEdge T320 with a PERC S110 RAID Controller running a fresh install of Windows Server 2012 R2. The RAID level is RAID 5 with two NTFS partitions, 1TB for the OS and 7TB ...
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Previous versions not available on file server share. But vss seems to be working

At my workplace we inherited a file server running Windows 2008 R2. (Core server unfortunatly, so no GUI) Last year we decided it would be nice to have previous versions of files available for users. ...
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Windows Server Backup crashing

Environment: I'm running an HP DL165 G7, with Windows 2008 R2 x64. Recently, when I perform a backup with "Windows Server Backup", it will crash the system. I run the backup over the weekend. When ...
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Storage server 2003 shadow copy backups deleted

We have a 1TB storage server I've just gone to transfer a 100Gb file across to it. And it has deleted the shadow copy. From Googling I understand that this probably occurred: ...
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VSS error 521 when attempting backup

I have backupassist and I attempt to run a backup, with VSS service running. However, I get this error in Windows Event Log: The backup operation that started at '‎2010‎-‎04‎-‎30T01:51:15.601000000Z' ...
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Windows Server 2008 R2 - Restore Previous Versions - Restored File Filled with Nulls

The Restore Previous versions feature on my file server stopped working some time in the recent past. If I look at the Previous Version for a file or folder the items are listed and they show a valid ...
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vSphere Replication Guest OS Quiescing

I am using vSphere Replication 5.1 to send virtual machines to a separate datastore every 24 hours. One option in configuring each VMs replication is the Guest OS Quiescing option. Options are None ...
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Is there a hard volume size limitation for shadow copies w/ 2k3 x86?

I'm trying to create shadow copies of 10TB volumes but am having no luck. I've gone down dozens of paths based on the errors (most of them very vague and/or misleading) and the only true correlation ...
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Server 2008 SP1 VSS Writers Not Responding

I've got a Windows Server 08 box on SP1 that is having some problems. We've experienced backup problems and I've traced it down to VSS Writers not responding. From the command line, if I type ...
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How to hide shadow-copies in NFS shares?

I have a Ubuntu server with both samba and nfs-server. The server does snapshotting for the exported directory and the samba server uses the snapshots to emulate shadow copies. ( vfs objects = ...
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Shadow copies for local files on Windows Server 2012 or alternative

I hope serverfault is the right place for this - if not, please tell me where to post it. The situation is the following: our company has a WebDAV fileserver running on a Windows Server 2012 that I ...
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How to safely backup MySQL using VSS-based backup solutions

One of my clients is running MySQL on a Windows Server 2008 system. Their regular backups are performed using StorageCraft's ShadowCopy, which uses the VSS service to perform backups of open files. ...
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Can a Shadow Copy of SQL 2000 databases files be used as a restore?

I have a SQL 2000 SP2 instance (version 8.00.760) that is on a drive that gets regular shadow copies. Can a shadow copy be used to restore the database? It seems possible to stop the SQL service, ...
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Implications and ability to use network drive for storing ShadowCopy data of local drive in Server 2003?

I have ShadowCopy running on a shared drive in SBS 2003 that is 90% full. Checking the space, 10GB of that is currently being used for shadowcopy: vssadmin list shadowstorage Used Shadow Copy ...
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Cisco 6500 vss mode upgrade

This is not my network. I'm trying to understand why my cloud provider insists that they need to take down both routers when performing updates. From what I understand they have 2 Cisco 6500s ...
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VSS fails on creating snapshot - various VSS writers failed state, timed out

I have several errors in my log. My environment is: Server 2008 R2 (virtual machines on Server Core stack). AppAssure Replay 4 as the backup solution. In the evening backup goes okay usually, ...