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troubleshooting shadow copies / previous versions on sbs 2003 R2 ... only 2 previous versions!

on sbs 2003 R2, the d drive is 500 GB.  I have shadow copies set to run on this drive, with 10 shares.  and I gave it 50GB to use for previous versions.

I check files that are used routinely and less frequent... and the farthest back I go in previous versions is today at 7AM!  Just 2 previous versions - 12 noon and 7 AM.

is there something I am doing wrong?  The server has been up for weeks now and the hard drive has 150 GB in use (plus the 50gig for previous versions and there's still space.

any suggestions on why I don't have more than 2 previous versions?
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
Have you run the SBS Backup Wizard to define these?

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babaganooshAuthor Commented:
yes, I've run the wizard.  that only lets you size the are for shadow copies, right?  You can click on any drive on the server and disable / enable shadow copies for specific drives at that point?  Out of the box or I changed it but the C drive (the OS drive) and the E drive (exchange) are disabled.  the d drive has the shares for users and data.  that has 50GB allocated to it.  the server has been running and something like quickbooks on the d drive, when you look at it from a shared drive letter, shows just 2 previous copies - 7 and 12 today.  I will watch it but bet tomorrow, it'll show 12 today and 7 am, then 7 and 12 tomorrow (just the last 2).

that said, I created a text doc, saved it then did a previous version now with the button.  then edited the file more, saved it, did a previous version, etc... for about 5 cycles.  then I looked at previous versions for that file and all 5 were there.  so shadow copies appears to be working, just not saving a long history?

and in the shadow copies properties, it says it's only using something like 760 MB of 50 GB.  so it's not full...
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
I'm a bit confused... you say that the hard drive has 150GB in use.  Is this all within Shares on that drive?  Because that's a TON of data if that's true... and significantly more than the 50GB you alloted for VSS.

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babaganooshAuthor Commented:
There's 150 GB of the 500 GB in use - install files, older files, and current data.  50 GB is allocated to VSS (they recommend 10% minimum, right?  Not sure if the 150 includes the 50 for VSS?  Does it take that max amount when configured like a fixed size for virtual memory?).
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
How about right clicking on the largest share folder on the drive and selecting properties to see how large that is?

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babaganooshAuthor Commented:
now the list of previous versions is growing.  we'll see if it disappears at some point (reverts to just the 1 - 2 most recent previous versions.  Any thoughts on why that would happen as it seems to 1 x already (what triggeres a reset / wipe of previous versions?  Defrag?  we didn't do that, but just wondering.)
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
Nothing that I know of should reset them.  I do know that if you don't run the SBS Backup Wizard, they don't get configured properly.  Even if you aren't using SBS Backup.  (You can run the wizard to set the backup and then run it to "unset" it, but the Volume Shadow Snapshot config will remain.

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