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 interface ( http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd765211.aspx) c. IVssExpressWriter interface ( http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd405596.aspx) d. CVssWriterEx2 class ( http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd405545.aspx) e. VSS_RECOVERY_OPTIONS enumeration ( http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd433620.aspx) f. CreateVssExpressWriter… Read more

Check out "A Guide to Windows Vista Backup Technologies"

One of our program managers, Christine Fok, wrote a great TechNet Magazine article on our backup technologies in Windows Vista. If you’ve wondered how to schedule a Complete PC Backup or restore individual files from the .vhd made by Complete PC Backup, you’ll want to check out this article. A Guide to Windows Vista Backup… Read more

Backup, System Restore, and Complete PC Backup Chat (July 11, 2007)

Chat Topic: BackupDate: Wednesday, July 11, 2007Wendy [MSFT] (Moderator):Welcome to today’s chat with the Complete PC Backup and System Restore Team team. We will try to answer as many questions as we can today. Participants should type their questions, select the “Ask the experts” check box, and click “Send.” Those posts will go into a… Read more

Mark your July calendars: Upcoming chats on Backup/Recovery and Offline Files in Windows Vista

I’m excited to announce two upcoming chats on some of the popular Windows Vista features owned by my team. On July 10, we’ll answer questions about Offline Files in Windows Vista. On July 11, we’ll answer questions about Backup, Complete PC Backup, System Restore, and Shadow Copies in Windows Vista. It’s been awhile since we did our… Read more

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 files and how VSS is used by System Restore… Read more

Which backup features are available in the various editions of Windows Vista?

We frequently see this question in newsgroups from customers running different editions of Windows Vista. The table below is an excerpt from page 17 of the Windows Vista Product Guide. If you’d like an overview of all the backup features, see section 3.10 Windows Backup and Restore beginning on page 87. You can download the… Read more

Addressing privacy and security concerns about Shadow Copies in Windows Vista

I asked one of our program managers, Dan Stevenson, to address the questions we’ve received about security and privacy and the Shadow Copy feature (aka Previous Versions) in Windows Vista. Below Dan describes how shadow copies work and provides ways to help increase the security and privacy of deleted files. For a brief overview of this functionality,… Read more