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Making and mounting Vss snapsnots in Windows Server 2008

By wolfgang. 25 September 2009 19:04

Tech tip: Volume Shadow Copy Services (Vss) on Window Server 2008 can make a copy of active, open files on the fly. It works on the block level similarly to an open file agent. This works a treat if you need a quick-and-dirty command line backup.


To make a copy of the (C:) volume:

C:\> vssadmin create shadow /for=c:


To view copies of the (C:) volume:

C:\> vssadmin list shadows /for=c:


To mount a shadow copy as a browseable folder:

C:\>mklink /d <folder name> <shadow copy volume from list>

C:\>mklink /d C:\mycopy \\?\GLOBALROOT\Device\HarddiskVolumeShadowCopy6


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