How can I manually trigger Windows Server 2003 to take a Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) snapshot?

A. If you have Administrator privileges, you can manually create a new point-in-time view of a share in addition to the scheduled views. To manually trigger Windows 2003 to make a VSS snapshot (aka Shadow Copy), perform the following steps:

  1. From Windows Explorer, right-click the drive for which you want to enable VSS.
  2. From the context menu, select Properties.
  3. Select the Shadow Copies tab.
  4. Under "Select a volume," select the volume that you want a Shadow Copy of.
  5. Click Create Now to create the snapshot.
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  6. Click OK to exit.
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