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  • Blog Post: Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) documentation updates - June 2008

    1. In "Overview of Actual File Restoration" ( http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa384575.aspx ), the table of requester actions has been updated to remove the call to SetBackupSucceeded and add a call to GetWriterComponents . 2. In "Using VSS Automated System Recovery for Disaster Recovery"...
  • Blog Post: Installing the VSS Hardware Provider for the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target on Windows Server 2008

    I just posted a new article describing the process to install the VSS Hardware Provider (and, incidentally, the VDS Hardware Provider) for the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target, which is part of Windows Unified Data Storage Server 2003 (WUDSS 2003). Check the post, which includes information on how to...
  • Blog Post: May Windows Server 2008 Knowledge Base Articles

    Hello, Below you have a list of KB articles for Windows Server 2008 released or updated this May. 949429 05/27/2008 The virtual IP address of a Windows Server 2008 NLB cluster is bound to the NetBIOS host name of a particular server or of multiple servers ...
  • Blog Post: Meet the team behind the Shadow Copy feature in Windows Vista on Channel 9

    As part of their "Vista Week," Channel 9 interviewed three of our team members about the Shadow Copy feature in Windows Vista. The Channel 9 video is about 45 minutes long and covers the technical details behind Volume Shadowcopy Service (VSS), including how VSS is used to restore previous versions of...
  • Blog Post: Installing the VDS Hardware Provider for the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target on Windows Server 2008

    I just posted a new article describing the process to install the VDS Hardware Provider (and the VSS Hardware Provider) for the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target, which is part of Windows Unified Data Storage Server 2003 (WUDSS 2003). This package, referred to as “Microsoft iSCSI Software Target Client...
  • 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: 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: What's new in the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) with Windows Server 2008 – Diskshadow

    This is the first of a multi part series on what's new in the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) with Windows Server 2008 · Diskshadow Windows Server 2008 has a new requester that ships on all SKUs. VSS requesters are used to create and manage shadow copies. You can find more information about...
  • Blog Post: Automated System Recovery (ASR) in Windows Server 2008 and Vista SP1

    Automated System Recovery or ASR as it is more commonly known is the Windows API set to capture the configuration of disks and volumes on a system and restore them in bare metal recovery scenarios. During such recoveries, backup applications (requesters) invoke ASR to restore the disks and volumes prior...
  • Blog Post: April Windows Server 2008 Knowledge Base Articles

    Hello, Below you have a list of KB articles for Windows Server 2008 released or updated this April. 951007 04/02/2008 An event may be logged after you restart Windows Server 2008: "Event ID: 5 Message: The Virtual Storage Filter Driver is disabled through the registry...
  • 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Deep Dive into Windows Server 2008 File Services – Recording

    For those who missed Drew McDaniel’s Live webcast “Deep Dive into Windows Server 2008 File Services”, you now can now view the recording: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/mseventsbmo/view?id=1032381104&role=attend&pw=3B160CB1 Enjoy! -- Malu Menezes
  • Blog Post: LUN Resync issues addressed in RC and RTM builds

    If you've been trying out the LUN Resync APIs with the Beta or RC bits for Server 2008 R2 you may have run into a few issues. Most of these have been addressed in the RTM build. Greg from the VSS team has a post detailing the fixes on his blog -Dinesh
  • Blog Post: What is the difference between VSS Full Backup and VSS Copy Backup in Windows Server 2008?

    We sometimes get people asking about the difference between VSS Full Backup and VSS Copy Backup in Windows Server 2008. Basically, for certain applications (such as Exchange), VSS Copy Backup preserves logs and VSS Full Backup truncate logs. Yes, we know, this explanation is not very enlightening...
  • Blog Post: Identifying VSS hotfixes to install on new servers

    A customer deploying a new server recently asked us which VSS hotfixes he should install. Turns out there are quite a few VSS hotfixes out there, and he asked if he needed to install them all in order or just a subset. Here’s the rundown of what to install, thanks to one of our support engineers: ...
  • Blog Post: Volume Shadow Copy (VSS) and Automated System Recovery (ASR) doc updates

    This is a summary of recent additions and revisions to the VSS and ASR documentation on MSDN and TechNet. 1. The following new API elements have been documented: a. IVssComponentEx2 interface ( http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd405576.aspx ) b. IVssCreateExpressWriterMetadata...
  • Blog Post: Windows SDK and MSDN doc updates for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta

    The Windows SDK for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta, including updated documentation, is now available in the Windows Download Center at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=a91dc12a-fc94-4027-b67e-46bab7c5226c . For even more up-to-date documentation, see the MSDN Library...
  • Blog Post: System state restore recommendations

    This post is intended to clarify Microsoft's support position on system state backups and restores and comes in response to a recent question from a partner. We recommend the following best practices for implementing system state restores: · The restore should be performed offline – that is...
  • Blog Post: Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) documentation updates

    This is a summary of recent revisions to the VSS documentation on MSDN. 1. IVssBackupComponents::AddNewTarget has an error in the remarks section fixed. 2. The “ Usage Conventions ” topic has expanded information about binary compatibility for VSS applications across Windows versions (including...
  • Blog Post: Identifying how much disk space is used for restore points in Windows Vista

    Beta testers and even MS employees often ask us why restore points take up so much disk space and whether this can be adjusted. I also see the opposite problem reported—testers are surprised that so few restore points are being kept on the system. The best way to see what’s going on is to use the vssadmin...
  • Blog Post: Why do restore points in Windows Vista use so much disk space?

    A reader asked us why restore points are so large in Windows Vista compared to Windows XP. He notes “The average XP restore point was around 50 MB. On Vista, restores points vary between 1 GB - 3 GB.” Why the big difference? Eduardo Laureano, the Program Manager for System Restore, explains: In Windows...
  • Blog Post: What’s new in Windows Server 2008 – VSS hardware shadow copy scenarios

    This is the second in a series of posts on what’s new in VSS in Windows Server 2008. In this article I’ll cover some of the new scenarios with hardware shadow copies and also requirements from storage arrays. This is a primarily an overview and you can find more details in the documentation on MSDN and...
  • Blog Post: IT Manager Webcast: Deep Dive into Windows Server 2008 File Services (Level 300)

    IT Manager Webcast: Deep Dive into Windows Server 2008 File Services (Level 300) Thursday, July 17, 2008 9:30 AM Pacific Time The Windows Server 2008 operating system contains many changes to core file services components that dramatically increase availability, scalability, and performance. This...