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Pick the brains of the Vista Backup team

Pick the brains of the Vista Backup team

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You should sooo take advantage of this opportunity.  The team that brings you Backup, Complete PC and other goodies to Windows Vista is having a chat in a few weeks on 7/10/2007. See http://blogs.technet.com/filecab/archive/2007/06/07/mark-your-july-calendars-upcoming-chats-on-backup-recovery-and-offline-files-in-windows-vista.aspx for their post on the matter.

Here are my questions for the chat (in no certain priority order):

  1. How do I secure the .vhd created by Complete PC ?
  2. How do I restore a specific file?
  3. How do I restore a hard drive signature so that a Complete PC restore doesn't require me to burn another activation when restoring to a new hard drive?
  4. How do I do Complete PC backups from multiple machines to the same external hard drive ?
  5. Is it possible to create a bootable restore disk that will run unattended?
  6. How do I create a restore that is hardware agnostic?

That ought to get things going. 

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  • In his blog, Microsoft IT Evangelist Keith Combs mentions a couple upcoming chats scheduled for July

  • I would ask...

    1. When are EFS files going to be supported in normal backups? (SP1)

    2. When will we have a more detailed interface or command line options like ntbackup.exe in XP.

  • Is there a way to set the shadow copies to be made as you're making changes to a file RATHER than at set scheduled times?

    If I make a file, make some changes, and then accidentally delete the file -- all within 5 minutes, then Shadow Copy will not help in this case if Vista hadn't been scheduled to make a restoration point within that 5 minutes.

    If you can do this, then please let me know how as it's not very apparent how to do this.

  • By the way, the chat transcript is now online at http://blogs.technet.com/filecab/pages/backup-system-restore-and-complete-pc-backup-chat-july-11-2007.aspx.