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Simple Step : Configuring Shadow Copies in Windows Server 2012 R2

August 2, 2014

What Are Shadow Copies?

A shadow copy is a snapshot of a set of data, such as a file or folder.

Shadow copies provide the capability to recover files and folders based on snapshots of storage drives.

After a snapshot is taken, you can view and potentially restore previous versions of files and folders from that snapshot.

A shadow copy does not make a complete copy of all files for each snapshot.

Instead, after a snapshot is taken, Windows Server 2012 R2 tracks changes to the drive. A specific amount of disk space is allocated for tracking the changed disk blocks. When you access a previous version of a file, some of the content might be in the current version of the file, and some might be in the snapshot.

On this post this time, lets go through a very simple step how you can implement & configure shadow copies in Windows Server 2012 R2…

1- For this Shadow Copies demo, i will be using my F: drive which located in my OSI-SVR01 server

right click F: drive and then click Configure Shadow Copies


2 – In the Shadow Copies interface, click drive F:, and then click Enable


3 – In the Enable Shadow Copies interface, click Yes


4 – In the drive Shadow Copies interface, click Settings


5 – In the Settings interface, click Schedule


6 – In drive F:\ interface, change Schedule Task to Daily, change Start time to 3:00 AM, and then click Advanced…


7 – In the Advanced Schedule Options interface, select Repeat task, and then set the frequency to every 1 hours, then Select Time, and then change the time value to 2:58 AM…


8 – Click OK, and then in Settings interface, type 500 in Use limit: box and then click OK…


9 – next, open IT Consultant folder and then create a file call Profile…

Switch back to the Shadow Copies interface. It should be opened on the Shadow Copies tab and then click Create Now…


10 – under Shadow copies of selected volume notice that you should have new date & time for shadow copies…


11 – to simulate the shadow copies function, lets delete the profile.txt file…


12 – In File Explorer, right-click the IT Consultant folder, and then click Properties…


13 – In the IT Consultant Properties dialog box, click the Previous Versions tab…

then click the most recent folder version for IT Consultant, and then click Open…


14 – Confirm that Profile.txt is in the folder, right-click Profile.txt, and then click Copy…


15 – lastly, in the other File Explorer window, right-click the IT Consultant folder, and then click Paste…



One Comment
  1. Natarajan permalink

    Its great blog…..keep going.

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