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    Volume Shadow Copy, few bits of help please.

    Hi.
    Ive enabled Volume Shadow Copy on the drive that holds the users home folders.
    Although its enabled on the entire drive, of which 180Gb of it is used, and only 15Gb of that is home folders, im hoping that the 50Gb limit ive set will suffice, as its generally just the home folders that change alot.

    Anyway.
    How do i access the shadow copys? I thought it was just a case of right clicking on a file/folder/drive and going to the shadow copy tab. But its not there.
    Also, how do i expose this functionality to the users so that they can restore the copys themselves?

    Thanks in advance all. .

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    Right click and bring up the Properties of the file or folder where you need to look for the shadow.

    Go to the Previous Versions tab

    Double click on the date/time that you want

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    The shadow copies will only use a percentage of available disk space and then it deletes the oldest copy.

    To access them do as elsiegee40 says but remember that you can't see them directly on the server you need to be viewing the folder through a share path.

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    So the previous versions cant be seen from the server itself? Odd that is.

    Ive browsed to the home folders from my workstation and i can see the previous versions tab.

    Does that also apply to the users? (gonna test now).

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    As long as you're viewing through the share, you should see the tab on the properties window.

    Depending on your setup, it may be better nor to advertise its existance too widely. It's better that users take care than rhey start to rely on Previous Versions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    As long as you're viewing through the share, you should see the tab on the properties window.

    Depending on your setup, it may be better nor to advertise its existance too widely. It's better that users take care than rhey start to rely on Previous Versions.
    It appears that it can only be accessed by staff.
    So the only people who know about it are myself, and the just informed, allways asking for access to backups, teacher that shall remain nameless. .

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    Is it a good idea to turn shadow copies on for a network partition that holds roaming profiles?

    I can imagine the changes in files would create a massive number of shadow copies very quickly, or is windows more clever than this?

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    So the previous versions cant be seen from the server itself? Odd that is.
    It's a client technology that is designed to allow users to restore their own work so that is how it's designed to function.



    I can imagine the changes in files would create a massive number of shadow copies very quickly, or is windows more clever than this?
    You can set how often snapshots are taken (twice per day default) and set how much disk space they can use so it shouldn't be a problem. Though ideally you wouldn't shadow roaming profiles but it can be unavoidable in some situations.
    Last edited by cookie_monster; 13th March 2008 at 10:03 AM.

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    Client

    i take it you installed the Client as its not part of XP by default. its just a msi that can be deployed

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    Quote Originally Posted by k-strider View Post
    i take it you installed the Client as its not part of XP by default. its just a msi that can be deployed

    I havnt no, but the workstations ive tested at random do show the tab.
    Wheres the MSI located for reference?

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    kinda related topic:

    our server will not delete the older shadows automatically, it just keeps creating them twice a day and then increasing the quota to allow for more to be created. HELP!

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    The Microsoft download page to grab the latest version is here:

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...displaylang=en
    Last edited by SYNACK; 13th March 2008 at 12:32 PM.

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    @ button_ripple: In shadow copy properties on that drive uncheck the 'No Limit' button and check the 'Maximum Size' button you can then specify a maximum storage size on that volume.
    Last edited by cookie_monster; 13th March 2008 at 12:55 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post
    The Microsoft download page to grab the latest version is here:

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...displaylang=en
    Do i need the client though?
    Im gonna DL and stick it on my storage area anyway, but am i gonna need it if the workstations have picked up the correct tab anyway?

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    XP already has the client, but Windows 2000 workstations need the client to be installed.

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