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Enabling VSS to protect VMs - 5.Jul.2011 11:31:20 AM   


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Quit recently I came across a simple procedure that helped create a backup scenario for a DC running AD DS on a Hyper-V host running Server Core and I would like to share it with you folks! I wanted to take regular snapshots of one VM that hosted the DC among other roles. With the built-in functionality of the VSS service I can rely on Previous Versions if I wanted to restore a previous version of a VM such as, the set of files that correspond to my DC virtual hard drive. Enabling VSS on the host server required me to use the vssadmin command as my installation is running Hyper-V Server Core. The drive on the server that hosts the virtual machines is the d: drive while I used drive e: to host the VSS snapshots. The following commands were needed to complete the task:

Vssadmin add shadowstorage /for=d: /on=e: /maxsize=6000mb
Vssadmin create shadow /for=d:
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RE: Enabling VSS to protect VMs - 28.Jul.2011 12:17:31 AM   
Scott Lowe


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Thank you for the excellent tip. This is also a good time to remind everyone reading this thread that you should never revert a DC to a snapshot. George's method works because he's not using snapshots - he's using the Microsoft supported VSS service. If you do revert a DC to a snapshot, you will probably have a really bad day as you corrupt your Active Directory environment.


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