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I just installed Server 2008 64-bit. I'm getting an error trying to setup Shadow Copies of volume D (450GB) to save them to voluume S (260GB). I get popup error titled "Shadow Copies", "Failed to create the storage area association". There are no errors in the event log to say anything about the popup error.
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by:martin_babarik
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Hello,

is this S volume local disk or is it a SAN or something like that? Is it basic disk or dynamic?
Martin
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by:Celica1
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S is a volume on the local disk. I just converted it to Dynanmic but getting same error.
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Thanks for updating.
I think you have some existing shadow copies on current drive and that's why you can't move them to another volume.
Try this:
Disable Shadow Copies on the D drive and delete the shadow copies using the command "vssadmin delete shadows".
Now you can try to configure it the way you want.

HTH
Martin
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by:Celica1
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I tried it and got this result:
D:\>vssadmin delete shadows /all
vssadmin 1.1 - Volume Shadow Copy Servic
(C) Copyright 2001-2005 Microsoft Corp.
No items found that satisfy the query.

I then listed the shadow copies and tried to delete by shadowID and got this result:

D:\>vssadmin list shadows
vssadmin 1.1 - Volume Shadow Copy Service administrative command-line tool
(C) Copyright 2001-2005 Microsoft Corp.
Contents of shadow copy set ID: {1ba1c0c3-4ba2-4a13-af16-0457d78432f4}
   Contained 1 shadow copies at creation time: 22/04/2009 10:36:33 PM
      Shadow Copy ID: {6cdd867d-be52-4a99-a4a2-caa412f66077}
         Original Volume: (D:)\\?\Volume{25947a43-f4ee-11dd-8f94-001b212ca377}
         Shadow Copy Volume: \\?\GLOBALROOT\Device\HarddiskVolumeShadowCopy2
         Originating Machine: CAGS01.cags.local
         Service Machine: CAGS01.cags.local
         Provider: 'Microsoft Software Shadow Copy provider 1.0'
         Type: ApplicationRollback
         Attributes: Persistent, No auto release, Differential

Contents of shadow copy set ID: {bf587d04-c6f0-436c-aa5d-a861433cb930}
   Contained 1 shadow copies at creation time: 22/04/2009 10:47:53 PM
      Shadow Copy ID: {a3485727-37bb-4b0c-83f4-68b15e1e8391}
         Original Volume: (Z:)\\?\Volume{308ced39-2b73-11de-a9a0-001e58ab10b4}
         Shadow Copy Volume: \\?\GLOBALROOT\Device\HarddiskVolumeShadowCopy21
         Originating Machine: CAGS01.cags.local
         Service Machine: CAGS01.cags.local
         Provider: 'Microsoft Software Shadow Copy provider 1.0'
         Type: DataVolumeRollback
         Attributes: Persistent, No auto release, No writers, Differential


D:\>vssadmin delete shadows /shadow={1ba1c0c3-4ba2-4a13-af16-0457d78432f4}
vssadmin 1.1 - Volume Shadow Copy Service administrative command-line tool
(C) Copyright 2001-2005 Microsoft Corp.

Do you really want to delete 1 shadow copies (Y/N): [N]? y

Error: Shadow Copy ID: {1ba1c0c3-4ba2-4a13-af16-0457d78432f4} not found.


D:\>vssadmin delete shadows /shadow={a3485727-37bb-4b0c-83f4-68b15e1e8391}
vssadmin 1.1 - Volume Shadow Copy Service administrative command-line tool
(C) Copyright 2001-2005 Microsoft Corp.

Do you really want to delete 1 shadow copies (Y/N): [N]? y

Error: Shadow Copy ID: {a3485727-37bb-4b0c-83f4-68b15e1e8391} not found.
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Well, that's strange:-( Maybe one more thing - try to adjust to allowed space for shadow copies to as low number as possible (while having them disabled).
It might help asi the system is supposed to delete everything above this quota.
To be honest I don't understand well the line called Shadow Copy Volume: \\?\GLOBALROOT etc...

Really sorry, don't have any better ideas:-(
Martin
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by:Celica1
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Hey, that worked! The min you can set it to is 300mb. I set it to this and then chose the S drive. I then increaed the min to use up to 50gb. Thanks!
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Great, thanks for the points:-)
Martin
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This helped! Thanks!
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