I have a question that I can't seem to find a whole lot of information about. We have Volume Shadow Copies running on all of our 2008 R2 Files Servers that take the standard snap shots at 7:00am and 12:00am daily. We also are running a Master backups of those servers with Incremental Forever backups after that to a Unitrends Appliance, and then from there replicating to the cloud. My first question is it best practice to have Shadow copies running in conjunction to your normal backups, or should these be disabled?? The other question is it bad to have both running?? In other words will the two services also compete with one another? Any help would be greatly appreciated, and if you don't mind could you please explain your reasoning that you give to each question.