Is it possible (using Shadow Copy or other means) to copy an open file while it is open & being accessed (such as the Exchange database files) to another location?

Posted on 2010-08-31
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Is it possible (using Shadow Copy or other means) to copy an open file while it is open & being accessed (such as the Exchange database files) to another location?

I am looking for a way of copying open files such as Exchange Database files without having to first stop the Exchange server services.

How can this be done?
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You should be back the files up with Windows Backup, the restore them to somewhere.

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I understand that I can use Windows Backup to do this.

I was hoping to be able to eliminate the Windows Backup step so that I will be able to simply copy the file directly without having to back it up and then restore it.

Is this possible?

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G3m1n1 earned 250 total points
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I remember needing to do this as well and we used volume shadow copy, vshadow.exe was the utility.  You may have to script it out as well.  This example should help:
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Dave_AND earned 250 total points
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Does anyone else know of where I can find any other scripts that will perform what I need to have done?

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