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Enable Volume Shadow Copy on Windows 2008 R2 Core Install

markpalinux
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Looking for specific steps to enable VSS snapshots on a Windows 2008 R2 Core Standard install.

Looked for the answer and found some things but nothing with the full list of steps.


C - just the os
E - Company and User folders which are shared.  These are the files I am looking to have shadow copy work for.

I want to have snapshots at 9:30am, 12:30pm, 2pm, and 7pm.

Thanks,
Mark
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Senior Systems Admin
Top Expert 2010
Commented:
VSC is managed through the Disk Management system in Windows 2008. Open Server Manager, go to Storage, click Disk Management. Right click on a drive and click Properties, then Shadow Copies. Click each drive you want to have it on and click Settings to change the schedule and where the VSC data is stored. For you, Select to Schedule the task Daily, start time at 9:30 am. Click Advanced select Repeat Task, You can't get more advanced a schedule than having it repeat every so many minutes until a certain time of day. 180 minutes is probably best for the schedule you want. Pick your duration as Until a specific time of day or a specific period of time. That's about as much control as you can have on it, unfortunately.
You can't determine which folders to shadow copy and which ones not to with the GUI.
Adam BrownSenior Systems Admin
Top Expert 2010

Commented:
VSSAdmin is the command line control for Volume Shadow copy, but it is only capable of stopping copies, restoring data, and a few other things. You can't do much with it, because it's designed to shadow the whole Volume. Not just specific parts of it.
Shreedhar EtteTechnical Manager
Top Expert 2010

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shreedhar - That link was the easiest and let me configure via command line. No sure how to schedule , do I just setup scheduled tasks?
"vssadmin create shadow /for=e:"

Also will it automatically delete the oldest when it gets to the max size?

Thanks,
Mark
Adam BrownSenior Systems Admin
Top Expert 2010
Commented:
Mark,

The vssadmin command is pretty limited in what it can do. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc754968%28WS.10%29.aspx Explains most of what you can do with it. The best way to manage VSC is to go through Server Manager from another server on your network or from a desktop with the windows 2008 Remote Server Administration Tool (RSAT) installed. On the core machine, run "winrm quickconfig" and on any desktop that is able to communicate with the core server through port 80 (For WinRM 1.1) or port 5985 (for WinRM 2.0), install the Windows 2008 RSAT (download here for vista: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=9FF6E897-23CE-4A36-B7FC-D52065DE9960&displaylang=en here for Windows 7: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=7d2f6ad7-656b-4313-a005-4e344e43997d&displaylang=en#filelist )

Once you can manage the server through RSAT, you can schedule daily tasks through Configuration -> Task scheduler to run vssadmin create shadow /for=c on the time line that you want (you'll need to schedule an individual task to run at each of the times you want). Or you can configure it through the GUI as recommended through my earlier post.


acbrown2010,

Thanks.  I disabled the firewall on core and still couldn't connect via Server Manager, but via computer management I was able to connect and configure the task.

Now I am setup.

Thanks everyone.