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Volume Shadow Copy Backup Utility: How Good Is That?
Thus, with the Volume Shadow Copy Service functionality aboard, you get a chance to make reliable backups of a volume as the content is not modified and no problems with data being blocked arise.
The files storing process may be arranged two basic steps. The first one is to hand over VSS functionality to the OS. The second alternative is to use the thing as a Windows service.
But let's skip the wimp formalization and start to attend a portion of fun experiments. So, again, what do these good VSS features especially matter for data backup solutions?
Basically, the innovative Volume Snapshot Service feature brings the advantage of hot backup for files with multiple architecture to be reliable and functioning. For illustration, while backing up databases, this service precisely processes all current actions regarding those databases and creates a snapshot of files, the processing database version. So, say hello to on-the-fly backup files of SQL Server (and say goodbye to blocking the service in order to continue with the saving process).
Look at Microsoft Exchange Server. The Volume Snapshot Service thing in backup software will do a smart job here too. For example, it will back up existent databases instead of duplicating the entire volume they are stored to (a common Microsoft activity, horribly).
And when it comes to HDD imaging, the magic force of Volume Shadow Copy Service for hot backup goes on providing beautiful options, as the full OS copying without logging off Windows, syncing of two hard disk images, and consequently convenient PC cloning.
So, if you still haven't used backup programs with Volume Shadow Copy Service aboard, isn't now sounds like a perfect day to set up one?
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