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Delete Shadow copies Exchange Server 2007 running on Windows 2008 r2

Posted on 2014-12-04
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Hi,

I want to delete all shadow copies on windows server 2008 r2 using commend line "delete shadow all"

Is it safe to use this commend on production environment?
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As long as you have backups of the entire system taken with Windows Server Backup or any other third party backup providers - yes, it is save.
It will simply delete the shadows files and usually it does not touch system files or file system.
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You mean using the command line vssadmin delete shadow all
- Be sure that no backup is ongoing before executing
- Normally, you will just loose the file history. If your users do not depend on it and you have regular backup it's of no consequences.
- Be careful, If you are within an Hyper-V VM or are also running Hyper-V I think there are restrictions to taking a snapshot on the host and withing the VM concurrently.
- Be sure that the ntfs is sane (chkdsk).

It never failed me so far.
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