Windows Server 2012 and SMB 3.0 – VSS for SMB File Shares

There is a new blog post by Claus Joergensen, a Principal Program Manager in the File Server team, that covers the “VSS for SMB File Shares” feature in Windows Server 2012 and SMB 3.0. Claus covers many details on using VSS for SMB File Shares to create backups, including several scenarios using Hyper-V and step-by-step instructions for…


Installing the VSS Hardware Provider for the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target on Windows Server 2008

Overview In this article, we’ll describe the process to install the VSS Hardware Provider (and, incidentally, the VDS Hardware Provider) for the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target, which is part of Windows Unified Data Storage Server 2003 (WUDSS 2003). This package, referred to as “Microsoft iSCSI Software Target Client” supports both Windows Server 2003 and Windows…


Windows Server 2008 End-to-End Storage Scenarios

1. Windows Server 2008 Storage Explorer 1A. Goal Making sure the devices are properly discovered. 1B1. Setup for FC FC Network: Make sure hosts, switches and SAN are properly connected. SAN: Configure device (including configuration of WWNs), create/unmask LUNs.Host: Load/configure HBA drivers. 1B2. Setup for iSCSI Network: Make sure hosts, switches and SAN are properly…


DiskShadow, the new in-box VSS requester in Windows Server 2008

There were many changes in Volume Shadowcopy Services (VSS) in Windows Server 2008. Probably the most visible of them is DiskShadow.exe,  the new command line tool for VSS. This new built-in requester can create and manage hardware and software shadow copies, interactively or in a script. If you read my post about the basics of…


The Basics of the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS)

Back in 2001, I worked for a 300-employee company in Palo Alto as their Systems Engineer and one of the things that gave me the most headaches was backups. We had Windows Server across the board, but the backup application was from a third party, which required specific agents for SQL Server, Oracle, Exchange, etc….