Shadow Copy - how to best confire for shares
Posted on 2012-03-13
I have the shares configured like this:
e:\shares\sharename1 is mapped as g:\ volume name of APPS
e:\shares\sharename2 is mapped as j:\ volume name of DRAFT
e:\shares\sharename3 is mapped as k:\ volume name of ENGINEER
I would like to establish shadow copies of all the shares on the E: drive. Currently they have about 7 drives mapped to the separate shares on the E: drive.
Reading documentation on establishing shadow copies is somewhat confusing. I would like the users to be able to see the shadow copy version so they appear as g:\xxx and j:\xxx as opposed to e:\shares\sharename1\xxx and e:\shares\sharename2\xxx. Depending on how the shadow copy is configured, the version could show as the later.
I know the later format is what I see for the files and volumes under the Arcserve tape backup. When I need to restore a file, I find it under the e:\drive\shares\...... name and not the volume mapping.
What is the best way to configure shadow copy so it shows up to the user in a format which they can best understand and how do I do that. Based on the mapped drive letters appears to make the most sense to the users.
In addition, how to control the amount of space used for the shadow copies so that it only maintains the latest file versions of all files and automatically deletes older file versions when the space allocated to shadow copies is used up.
I am most familiar with the methodology used by Netware when salvage is enabled, where all versions of erased files are archived and the oldest version automatically purged when space is needed.