Thursday, February 05, 2015

Volume shadow copy issue with Win8.1 and alternative

In windows 8.1, microsoft has limited the vssadmin functionality. For example vssadmin create is not supported anymore.

Here is the alternative:

#In power shell:
(Get-WmiObject -list win32_shadowcopy).Create("C:\","ClientAccessible")

#On Win7 machine you can create vss directly by running command vssadmin create shadow /for=c: 

#Now check with:

vssadmin.exe list shadows

#mount what you see after "Shadow Copy Volume:"

Exit from powershell

mklink /D C:\myshadowcopy <here>\    #you need to add a trailing slash after the address.

Or You can also download the shadowexplorer GUI tool:

How to exclude file and directory from VSS snapshot:

You can add entries to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\BackupRestore\FilesNotToSnapshot to exclude files from VSS

 For e.g. in my case it was C:\Users\test\Documents\* /s


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