Studies have shown that human error—primarily accidental file deletion or modification—causes over one-third of all data loss. The financial impact of replacing the lost data is at the least an inconvenience and at the worst a critical blow that can jeopardize daily operations for the IT staff, and cripple productivity for the hapless employee who mistakenly hit Save instead of Save As.
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 includes Shadow Copies of Shared Folders to help prevent inadvertent loss of data. Shadow Copies of Shared Folders helps alleviate data loss by creating shadow copies of files or folders that are stored on network file shares at predetermined time intervals. A shadow copy is a point in time copy that for all intents and purposes - to the end user- looks, talks, and acts like a backup. Once the IT department sets it up (it is NOT on by default), users can do single-file restore themselves.
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This white paper, written for IT architects and system administrators, describes the functionality of Shadow Copies of Shared Folders the fundamentals of how to design a shadow copy strategy, and the basic steps for setting up and using Shadow Copies of Shared Folders on both servers and clients.
After you read the white paper, read the caveat on Adi's blog. Then: turn on VSS, educate your users, and rock on with the extra time you will save.