Volume Shadow Copy Service

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

The Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) is the infrastructure within Windows to create a point in time image (shadow copy) of one or more volumes. Shadow copies provide both file system consistency and application consistency and can be used for a range of applications ranging from backup and restore programs to data mining.


The following is a list of all aspects that are part of this managed entity:

Name Description

Volume Shadow Copy Service Operations

The Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) provides the ability to create a point in time image (shadow copy) of one or more volumes that can be used to perform backups. The service is also used during restores of applications.

VSS Storage Space Availability

The Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) requires sufficient storage space to create and maintain shadow copies.

File Services