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  • Blog Post: Mark your July calendars: Upcoming chats on Backup/Recovery and Offline Files in Windows Vista

    I'm excited to announce two upcoming chats on some of the popular Windows Vista features owned by my team. On July 10, we'll answer questions about Offline Files in Windows Vista. On July 11, we'll answer questions about Backup, Complete PC Backup, System Restore, and Shadow Copies in Windows Vista....
  • Blog Post: Managing backup disk space

    <This is the fourth post in a blog series on backup and recovery offerings in Windows 7. > If you’re reading this post it’s likely that you’ve already set up Windows Backup on your Windows 7 PC and running it on a schedule to protect your data and system. However as storage size is limited,...
  • Blog Post: Learn more about system image backup

    <This is the second post in a blog series on backup and recovery offerings in Windows 7. > In the last post, we’ve briefly mentioned that Windows 7 offers both the ability to backup individual folders and to create a system image of your computer, and how they could be used to protect your personal...
  • Blog Post: Complete PC Backup (Vista and Vista SP1) / Windows Server Backup (Longhorn Server) and BitLocker FAQ

    Are the Backups secured? Yes . The Complete PC Backup (CPC) or Windows Server Backup (WSB) can be only invoked by a user belonging to either Administrators or Backup operators Group. § Disk: Backups are ACLed to be accessible only for only Administrators and Backup Operators Group. § Network...
  • Blog Post: Which backup features are available in the various editions of Windows Vista?

    We frequently see this question in newsgroups from customers running different editions of Windows Vista. The table below is an excerpt from page 17 of the Windows Vista Product Guide. If you’d like an overview of all the backup features, see section 3.10 Windows Backup and Restore beginning on page...
  • Blog Post: TechEd video available for our session on Backup and Offline Files Features in Windows Vista

    If you didn't have a chance to attend TechEd, check out this video of Navjot Virk and Dan Stevenson presenting the new backup features and vastly improved offline files experience for Windows Vista. --Jill
  • Blog Post: Windows Server Backup automatic disk usage management

    This blog applies to Automatic Disk Usage management and Version Management for versions lying on local disk. This does not apply to versions lying on Network shares. Windows Server Backup Overview Windows Server Backup is the built-in backup solution in Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: Answering your questions about File Backup in Windows Vista

    Savvy Windows Vista users have been asking tough questions about some of the design decisions we made for the File Backup feature in Windows Vista. We created this FAQ to explain our decisions. We don’t expect everyone to agree with us, and we are taking into consideration the feedback we’ve received...
  • Blog Post: Storage Solutions team at TechED IT Pro 2008

    Storage team is bringing 8 sessions and 2 Hands-on Lab to Microsoft TechED IT Pro 2008! Karandeep Anand, Jason Buffington, Ram Kailasanathan, Drew McDaniel and Edwin Yuen will be hosting the sessions from the Storage side. Clustering and High availability will also be there to talk about their...
  • Blog Post: Why incremental backups in Windows Vista are larger than expected

    We’ve seen a number of customers ask why their incremental backups are almost as large as their full backup. This can be surprising on a lightly used system where you don’t change or add a lot of files between backups. Seeing files backed up that you know you didn’t change can be perplexing, but there...
  • Blog Post: Deciding between System State Backup and Allcritical Backup in Windows Server 2008

    Deciding between System State Backup and Allcritical Backup in Windows Server 2008: Which one is the right solution for my needs? (To learn more about System State Backups and how to run these in Windows Server 2008 please check http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc742124.aspx ) Q) First of...
  • Blog Post: LUN Resync - A fast recovery scenario in Server 2008 R2

    This is the first in a series of posts discussing the new features in the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. Before we dive in, it's important to note that all existing VSS solutions for Vista and Server 2008 will work as-is on Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2, respectively...
  • Blog Post: Diagnosing Failures in Windows Server Backup - Part 1 (VSS/SPP Errors)

    Many customers have asked questions in our forums on how to understand and troubleshoot errors reported by Windows Server Backup. While we document the event IDs logged by Windows Server Backup (for example, see http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc734488(WS.10).aspx), we do not document the...
  • Blog Post: VSS documentation updates - May 2008

    This is a list of MSDN doc updates from Diane Significant updates: 1. Several new interfaces and other API elements were added for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. For more information, see “What's New in VSS in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7” ( http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us...
  • Blog Post: Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) writer updates in Windows Server 2008 and Vista SP1

    For Server 2008 the VSS team invested a great deal in hardware shadow copy scenarios which you can read about here . Additionally significant work went into enhancing the APIs for writers and widening their adoption by other applications and components. Consequently Server 2008 has several new VSS writers...
  • Blog Post: How Windows Vista Backup uses zip files to store backups (and how to extract files from zips)

    Customers frequently ask us how to manually extract files from zip files created by Backup. Though using the Restore Files wizard is the preferred method, there are times when you must extract files manually, such as when you are using a computer that’s not running Windows Vista. I thought this would...
  • Blog Post: Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) Express Writers

    In this article, we'll take a look at a new class of VSS writers enabled in Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 that lower the cost for applications to participate in backups. Before we get there though, let’s briefly recap the role of VSS writers in backups. VSS and backups The Volume Shadow Copy...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista File Backup Beta Chat (August 24, 2006)

    Chat Topic: Live Chat on Windows Vista Backup Date: Thursday, August 24, 2006 Wendy [MSFT] (Moderator): At this time, I’ll let the experts introduce themselves. Welcome to today’s chat with the Windows Vista Backup team. We will try to answer as many questions as we can today. Participants should...
  • Blog Post: Updates on Vista Backup and Restore Errors and Solutions table

    A customer sent us a contribution to the Vista Backup and Restore Errors and Solutions table . Christine Fok added his innovative solution to the list: Error or Symptom Cause/Solution System Restore fails with the following error: The Restore point could not be created...
  • Blog Post: Common causes and solutions to Backup, System Restore, and Complete PC Backup problems - updated!

    This is an update to the solutions table posted previously on this blog. Vista Backup team has been working with customers to troubleshoot common problems, but sometimes it’s a hard job – some error codes belong to other system components and are reflected in Backup tool functionality...
  • Blog Post: MVP webcast next week to cover Backup and other features in Windows Vista RC1

    We just received a link from one of our MVPs to a webcast he's hosting on October 26 at 10:00 AM Pacific Time. Below is a bio and overview of the webcast. Charlie Russel is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) and coauthor of the upcoming Windows Vista Resource Kit. Charlie examines what ...
  • Blog Post: Backup Version and Space Management in Windows Server Backup

    This article answers following questions related to Windows Server Backup in Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2: Q1. How does Windows Server Backup store backups and maintain backup versions? Q2. How do I query backup stored versions on a backup storage location? Q3. How do I delete non...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming TechNet Chat: DPM Engineering talks about the updates to DPM 2007

    As part of equipping you around the new features provided in the Q2 rollup update for DPM 2007, the product team will be hosting a live chat session where you can ask your questions related to DPM 2007, the rollup, the upcoming SP1, or even provide suggestions for what you need to either deploy DPM 2007...
  • Blog Post: Confused about restoring a file from a backup in Windows Vista? Read this!

    I’ve seen numerous newsgroup customers report that they can’t restore files from a file-based backup. In this post I cover two common problems, their causes, and how to solve them. “I tried to restore files from a backup but there are no files listed!” Ever get to this screen and wonder what to...
  • Blog Post: Diskshadow scripts for LUN Resync

    In a previous article, we looked at LUN Resync a new fast recovery scenario in Windows Server 2008 R2. Himanshu from the VSS team has posted a few sample scripts to demostrate the scenario using Diskshadow and the VSS tools in the Windows 7 SDK. This is the blog - LUN-RESYNC WITH DISKSHADOW AND...