Microsoft IFS PlugFest 27 – Calling Filter Driver Developers

We are pleased to inform you that IFS Plugfest 27has been scheduled. Here are some preliminary event details:   When Monday, March 30th to Friday, April 3rd, 2015. The event begins at 9am and ends at 6pm each day, except for Friday when it ends at 3pm.   Where Building 37, rooms 1701-1717, Microsoft Campus,… Read more

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 ( b. IVssCreateExpressWriterMetadata interface ( c. IVssExpressWriter interface ( d. CVssWriterEx2 class ( e. VSS_RECOVERY_OPTIONS enumeration ( f. CreateVssExpressWriter… Read more

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… Read more

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… Read more

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 For even more up-to-date documentation, see the MSDN Library at Here are some links to MSDN documentation updates of particular interest to Filing Cabinet readers: Virtual Disk Service:… Read more