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Volume Shadow Copy: Configure cache location and other details

I've just recently installed Windows Vista Business w/ SP1 on one of our desktops to begin trying it out for our organization.

I've previously just disabled System Restore (in XP) as I didn't trust it, but I've noticed that the Shadow Copy elements are built into the System Restore GUI now, and I'd like to give it (System Restore/Shadow Copy) another chance to prove it's usefulness.

I get how it works (I think), and it's running fine, but I'm trying to find a way to configure things like how often it creates the shadow copies and where it stores them. I think, from reading the help files, that it's stored with the System Restore data. But I don't know where that is either. If it is possible to configure these settings, is it possible to store this data on a network share?

The end result I'm looking for is just some simple and basic desktop file backup/protection. We have plenty of shares (on backed up servers) for people to use for critical data, and I can't justify purchasing any kind of backup software for every desktop. So I'm wondering if this feature of Windows would be an acceptable solution. I know MS says this should not replace regular backups. But I'm looking for other perspectives. I like the fact that this is fairly out-of-sight.
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Thanks for the ideas Vallis. I do like the MS Synctoy. And Syncback looks like a helpful program. I guess I'm just curious about how VSS works, and I like the way it is integrated right into the OS GUI (ie "previous versions"). Or perhaps it could be this- I'm jealous of something like TimeMachine in OS X Leopard, but find it curious that something very similar is built into windows, but not really optimized.

So anyway, though those are probably some good options/ideas, I still would like to know how to configure Volume Shadow copy/system restore in Windows Vista. Surely it is at least in the registry somewhere?
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As an aside. I don't use System Restore at all. I believe that synchronisation and separation are the answers for data and that imaging software is the way to go for your OS and programs.

I've raved on about it here:
http://mywitsend.co.nz/computer-stuff/software/15