You can manage the Volume Shadow Copy service using the Vssadmin command-line tool from an elevated command prompt. Vssadmin displays current volume shadow copy backups and all installed shadow copy writers and providers.

You can use this tool to list shadows, detele shadows, resize shadow storage, list writers, create new volume shadow copy, etc, by running the following commands:

  • Vssadmin add shadowstorage : Adds a volume shadow copy storage association.
  • Vssadmin create shadow : Creates a new volume shadow copy.
  • Vssadmin delete shadows : Deletes volume shadow copies.
  • Vssadmin delete shadowstorage : Deletes volume shadow copy storage associations.
  • Vssadmin list providers : Lists registered volume shadow copy providers.
  • Vssadmin list shadows : Lists existing volume shadow copies.
  • Vssadmin list shadowstorage : Lists all shadow copy storage associations on the system.
  • Vssadmin list volumes : Lists volumes that are eligible for shadow copies.
  • Vssadmin list writers : Lists all subscribed volume shadow copy writers on the system.
  • Vssadmin resize shadowstorage : Resizes the maximum size for a shadow copy storage association.


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