Microsoft Shadow Copies is a function on Windows 2003 & 2008 Servers, which gives users quick access to deleted, corrupt or previous versions of files. It can also give administrators a quick and easy method to roll back to previous versions of simple flat file ‘database’ applications. Be aware Shadow Copy will not protect complex database applications such as SQL, Exchange and the like.
To enable shadow copies, from your server console, open My Computer, right click the drive holding the data and shares in question, select: Properties, Shadow Copies tab and then select the relevant drive and Enable. By default shadow copies are taken twice a day, this can be adjusted through the settings button.
When users view a network folder hosted on a server running Windows Server 2003, they can ask to see all old versions of a file or directory
Simply right click your network drive, Select Properties & the tab Previous Versions, you then browse previous versions of files and folders and either restore complete directories or copy and paste out individual files.
All Knowall Clients with IT Support Contracts will be advised to enable Shadow Copies and an engineer will action on your behalf.