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Windows 2008 R2 cannot delete older backups

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I have a 2008R2 server running exchange 2007. We are using windows server backup to backup exchange data and local system data to a SCSI attached drive mounted as X:

This drive is now full and it appears that windows backup is doing as expected by deleting the oldest backup automatically, however we would like to delete quite a few of the older backups. I have looked through the following resources for help

http://blogs.technet.com/b/filecab/archive/2009/06/22/backup-version-and-space-management-in-windows-server-backup.aspx

If I try to perform vssadmin Delete Shadows /For=X: /Oldest

I get the error "No items found to satisfy the query".

Am I missing something easy here? Or is there complication due to the fact that the job contains exchange backups as well as system state backups?

Your expert guidance is appreciated!
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Karim-Said earned 2000 total points
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Hi,
you need to use vshadow from the 2008 R2 SDK
Full parameter reference is from here
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb530725(VS.85).aspx#deleting_shadow_copies
example:
vshadow-ds=ShadowCopyId

download for R2 from here:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=6b6c21d2-2006-4afa-9702-529fa782d63b&displaylang=en

this should delete the shadow copy and free up the space ;-)

Best Regards,
migo
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by:Raymo12
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OK I'll give it a try and report back

Thanks!
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by:Raymo12
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Sorry for the delay but that worked.

Thank you!
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