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I currently run one server at my business with Small Business Server 2003 on it.  I am doing full backups to a rotation of portable hard drives that are taken off site daily.  I have been exploring different ways to backup the data that is created in between backups.  One of the solutions that I am considering is to use Shadow Copy and to store the Shadow Copies on a different physical drive (NAS device) than the drive that I am creating the copies of.  One of the questions that I have is in the event of a major server operating system crash/failure would I be able to still be able access the Shadow Copies on the NAS device with a newly installed/restored operating system?  I hope that I am asking this question clearly enough, please feel free to ask for clarification if necessary.

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Mike
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You are making sense, and you could access the shadow copies as long as you were able to restore the server's system state.  Here are a couple of good articles on the subject:

http://techrepublic.com.com/5100-1035_11-5152122.html#
http://www.informit.com/articles/article.asp?p=99985&seqNum=5
http://www.informit.com/articles/article.asp?p=99985&seqNum=6&rl=1

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