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nikolas.e

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Hi all hope everyone is good.

i have a member server win2008r2 which is backed up to a network share using backup exec remote agent. There is another outsource admin for symantec. One disk failed from raid 1 and as precaution i installed wsb to backup also to an external disk all (volumes , system state, bare metal recovery)

I have 2 options to my backup schedule.  VSS full backup and VSS copy backup. Since there is a third party app already backing up my server i choose the VSS copy backup since this option will not clear the archive bits as i read from microsoft and it will allow third party backup software to see the modified files and backup them correctly.

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Question was really only one. The difference between the  VSS Full Backup and VSS Copy backup and  how does it works.

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nikolas.e

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okay i googled a lot about the differences between VSS Full backup and VSS Copy Backup. Am gonna give an example and correct me if am wrong.

WSB with option VSS Full Backup clears the (Archive Bits)
WSB with option VSS Copy Backup does not clear the (Archive Bits)

Everyday at 6 pm Symantec runs and backups my system. Everyday  at 11 pm wsb with option vss full backup runs and backups my system and clears the archive bits. This will cause an issue since the next day at 6 pm Symantec will backup only the changes that occurred after wsb finished and not before since wsb cleared the archive bits.


Now if we take the same example but with option VSS Copy backup the archive bits will not be cleared and Symantec will backup all changes that occurred before and after wsb


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If Symantec still depends on the Archive bit, you should get it replaced or upgraded. That is soooo 1999 .... VSS is the way to go. Honestly, I do expect Symantec to be able to use this.
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If Symantec still depends on the Archive bit, you should get it replaced or upgraded. That is soooo 1999 .... VSS is the way to go. Honestly, I do expect Symantec to be able to use this.


Thanks willem for the reply.I have talked with the symantec admin they told me that the way their backup works depends on timestamps  and not archive bits. Since i used the option also VSS Copy backup on windows server backup  i believe they will not interfere with each other.

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