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arcserve-KB : How to use Diskshadow to verify the stability of writers and shadow copy process?

Last Update: 2014-10-15 13:04:41 UTC




Description:

Diskshadow can be used as a troubleshooting tool to verify the stability of writers providers and shadowcopy creation process.

Usage:

1. To Verify status of Writers and providers:

From command prompt execute:

diskshadow /l c:\diskshadow.out

(this will get the out put of below commands in file c:\diskshadow.out, which can be analysed for errors)

From the diskshadow prompt issued these commands:

reset
list writers
list writers status
list writers metadata
list writers detailed
list providers
exit

2. To verify the shadow copy copy creation process

From command prompt execute:

diskshadow /l c:\diskshadowsys.out

(this will get the out put of below commands in file c:\diskshadowsys.out which can be analysed for errors)

From the diskshadow prompt issue the following commands:

reset
set verbose on
set option differential
set context volatile
add volume c:
create
exit

- After this Execute Vssadmin list writers, this should return all writers in stable state. And not in Error or Waiting for completion state.

- If there are any errors encountered get in touch with Microsoft support.

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