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windows2008 shadow copy service

Posted on 2014-07-17
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Last Modified: 2014-07-27
I have a question on enabling the shadow copy services on a server. Is there any issue if we enabled shadow copy services?
Question by:sara2000
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by:Emmanuel Adebayo
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I cannot see any issue of enabling this as long as you have enough space on the drive that you are enabling this for.

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Lee W, MVP earned 2000 total points
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Depends on your system, but the benefits ALMOST CERTAINLY outweigh the drawbacks.

1. you need space for the copies
2. when a copy takes place, the disk will be intensely used for a few seconds.  If you have the server serving data that must flow consistently with no slowdowns this could create a problem.  

In general, most servers don't even notice the few seconds of "slowness" as the copies are created because most servers are serving up things like word and excel files - small files that are easily retrieved even under a disk load.

I would recommend storing the copies on a separate physical disk (non-RAID is fine for most people) so that overall performance hits are not as bad as they are by default.

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