A developer’s view on VSS for SMB File Shares

Note: this post originally appeared on https://aka.ms/clausjor by Claus Joergensen. VSS for SMB File Shares is an extension to the existing VSS infrastructure which consists of four parts: In this post I want to look at VSS for SMB File Shares from a developers point of view and how to support it with minimal changes… Read more

VSS for SMB File Shares

Note: this post originally appeared on https://aka.ms/clausjor by Claus Joergensen. In the next generation of Windows Server, Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V introduces support for storing virtual machine files on SMB 3.0 file shares. This blog post contains more detail on the SMB 3.0 enhancements to support this scenario. Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) is a… 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 ( 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

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

VSS documentation updates – May 2008

This is a list of MSDN doc updates from Diane    Significant updates:   1.       Several new interfaces and other API elements were added for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. For more information, see “What’s New in VSS in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7” (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd433621.aspx). 2.       In “Using Tracing Tools with… Read more

LUN Resync – A fast recovery scenario in Server 2008 R2

  This is the first in a series of posts discussing the new features in the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. Before we dive in, it’s important to note that all existing VSS solutions for Vista and Server 2008 will work as-is on Windows 7 and Server… 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 http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=a91dc12a-fc94-4027-b67e-46bab7c5226c. For even more up-to-date documentation, see the MSDN Library at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/default.aspx. Here are some links to MSDN documentation updates of particular interest to Filing Cabinet readers: Virtual Disk Service: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd433619.aspx… Read more

System state restore recommendations

This post is intended to clarify Microsoft’s support position on system state backups and restores and comes in response to a recent question from a partner. We recommend the following best practices for implementing system state restores: · The restore should be performed offline – that is, when the computer is booted into the Windows… Read more