A simple way to access Shadow Copies in Vista

In the past, I presented various ways to browse these mysterious device objects called "shadow copies". Shadow copies are static images in time (snapshots) of your volume contents, at some point in the past. These shadow copies are volumes on their own, with a file system namespace accessible through the regular Win32 APIs such as…

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[RO] Seminar - Storage si programare distribuita

Florin Lazar, Todi Pruteanu si cu mine am demarat in cursul acestei saptamani un seminar tehnic pe teme de storage in Vista si programare distribuita in WCF. Mai multe detalii aici: http://reg.studentclub.ro. Pana acum seminariile din Bucuresti si Cluj au avut un raspuns fantastic! Daca aveti opinii, impresii (pozitive sau negative) m-as bucura sa le puneti…

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Windows Home Server - links

A friend of mine didn’t know about Windows Home Server – so I sent him these links: –          Main site: http://stopdigitalamnesia.com –          Interview with Charlie Kindel https://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=270965 –          Download: https://connect.microsoft.com/site/sitehome.aspx?wa=wsignin1.0&siteid=38 –          Articol on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Home_Server –          Blog: http://blogs.technet.com/homeserver   –          Press release: http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/press/2007/jan07/01-08WindowsHomeServerPR.mspx

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Previous Versions in Vista - on Channel 9!

Hot and fresh from Channel 9: a session on Shadow Copies in Vista, and its applications: Previous Versions and the brand-new System Restore. Check it out.

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The next generation of storage management is here!

Storage management is complex, we all know it. For many people, even the simplest opeartions in a SAN look like black magic. It’s no wonder why – if you want to, say, create a brand new 5 TB file share using your brand new your SAN box: you need to create a new LUN in your SAN,…

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Time Machine: Vista Previous Versions are now making their way into Mac OS X Leopard...

Mac OS X Leopard incorporates now a previous versions feature called Time Machine – similar with something that we added in Windows Server 2003 a while back, and recently in Windows Vista as well. If you just read the text at http://www.apple.com/macosx/leopard/timemachine.html it looks a lot with what Vista already offers as well – automatic backup…

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More VSHADOW stuff: how to backup Exchange, SQL, NTFS

While researching for the previous post, I just started a few searches for VSHADOW on the internet, and I found more interesting usages of it. One example: EqualLogic published a nice technical report of using VSHADOW to backup/restore Exchange, SQL and NTFS. Here is the link: http://www.equallogic.com/docs/tr-ms-vshadow.pdf Just to bring you up to speed: VSHADOW…

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Fast backup of Virtual Server images (using VSHADOW)

Jeff Trumbull published a very nice script on how to backup a Virtual Server image wiht about one minute of downtime! The solution uses VSHADOW.EXE, a small command-line utility that can be used to create shadow copies. VSHADOW is part of the VSS SDK  

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How to build a cheap backup server

A while back, our team helped the Small Business Server team with some interesting VSS issues just before shipping SBS 2003. The issues were solved, and each member of our team got a free CD of SBS 2003. So, I decided to do something with it – an SBS machine that also can be used as a SBS and backup server. After several…

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