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Windows Server 2008R2 - Alternative to salvage under Netware

Posted on 2011-04-22
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Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Am very familiar with the salvage option available under Novell Netware.  What is the best way to accomplish this under Win2008R2.  I have read about the shadow file process but it requires a schedule and is not automatically down when a file is erased like the recycle bin under WindowsXP.  Also, under WindowsXP, the recycle bin does not work for all types of file deletions.  

What is the best solution, costs and how is it setup?

Question by:cwsoft05
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kevinhsieh earned 2000 total points
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Shadow copies can cover much of the functionality of salvage, plus a lot more. Whereas salvage gets you the exact version of the file when it was deleted, shadow copies gets you the state of the files and directories at certain points in time. So, with shadow copy you can have up to 64 versions of the volume and all of the directories and files as they existed at that time. I usually take 2 or 3 copies per work day, and then maybe 1 copy on the weekend. Shadow copies are useful for recovering files that have been moved or renamed, or to see changes in directories and files - these are things that salvage can't do. I also use shadow copies to recover files instead of backups in most cases. Often times a file isn't deleted but simply overwritten with a bad version; shadow copies allow me to get back to a good version quickly. Shadow copies don't care if a file was deleted in such a way that bypasses the recycle bin. It's true that the recycle bin isn't too useful on a file server because files deleted over the network by a user skip the recycle bin, but they are still captured by shadow copy. Shadow copy also allows you to open a file directly from previous versions, so you don't have to 'restore it' in order to view it. As you can probably tell, I am a huge fan of shadow copies. I think that it and VSS is the best feature to come out for Windows in the last 10 years.

Now, if you want something that is most directly comparable to salvage, look at Diskeeper's Undelete 2009 Server Edition, which is $499.95 per server.

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What is the best recommended way to configure shadow copy, other than the time frames you specified.  Any caveats I need to know about?
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kevinhsieh earned 2000 total points
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Best to store the shadow copies on another volume. The reason is that when a volume storing shadow copies is under high IO, the shadow copies can get deleted. The more space available the, the more shadow copies you can store. Finally, it seems that the shadow copies files are really large, so you should probably format the volume storing the shadow copies with 64K cluster size in NTFS.

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