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Enable Shadow Copies for Shared Folders

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To enable Shadow Copies of Shared Folders

  1. Open Computer Management.

  2. In the console tree, right-click Shared Folders, select All Tasks, and click Configure Shadow Copies.


    • Computer Management/System Tools/Shared Folders
  3. Click the volume where you want to enable Shadow Copies of Shared Folders, and then click Enable.


  • To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Administrators group on the local computer, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. If the computer is joined to a domain, members of the Domain Admins group might be able to perform this procedure.

  • To open Computer Management, click Start, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Computer Management.

  • For information about enabling shadow copies in a server cluster, see Enable Shadow Copies for Shared Folders in a cluster. Do not use Cluster Administrator or cluster.exe to make changes to the settings or schedule for shadow copies of shared folders, use the shadow copies interface.

  • You can also access Shadow Copies of Shared Folders by right-clicking a fixed NTFS volume in My Computer or in the Disk Management snap-in details pane (in Computer Management). Click Properties, and then click the Shadow Copies tab.

  • You can use the Disk Management snap-in to manage Shadow Copies of Shared Folders on remote servers as well. In the Computer Management console tree, right-click Disk Management, point to All Tasks, and then click Configure Shadow Copies.

  • By enabling Shadow Copies of Shared Folders, you also create a default schedule and settings for subsequent shadow copies. To make changes to these defaults, click Settings.

  • You can only enable Shadow Copies of Shared Folders on a per-volume basis; that is, you cannot select specific shared folders and files on a volume to be copied or not copied.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

See Also


Shared Folders overview
Change the settings for Shadow Copies of Shared Folders