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Currently running Windows 2003 Right now after demoting the server to just a member server role, the shadow copy service provided by Windows has stopped automatically shadowing our selected folder, if we execute manually then the copy works but the schedule we have set up dose not function. Have tried restarting the Volume Shadow Service, and redoing the schedule but none of that has worked. Thanks

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Lets eliminate the silly easy stuff first.

Is your system clock correct? If it is set to 2001 it might be a while before your Friday 17 November 2006 VSS runs.

Have you checked if the Scheduler Service is running and functioning? Do any other scheduled tasks work (batch files of any sort)?

What about permissions? Is the account used for successful manual backups used to configure the scheduled jobs?

Could any installs still be incomplete (need reboot) or hung in the system? Is COM+ clean and uncorrupt?

Do you have all the VSS hotfixes?

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  • Mortree
    Check application events for VSS events. If you've messed with volumes on the server that can mess up scheduled jobs. For example a missing E: drive could mess up VSS tasks that also were to shadow copy F: and G: drive folders. See http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;833779 for ideas on how to stop shadow copies, remove old scheduled VSS tasks and then restart and reenter VSS scheduled jobs.
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    Check application events for VSS events. If you've messed with volumes on the server that can mess up scheduled jobs. For example a missing E: drive could mess up VSS tasks that also were to shadow copy F: and G: drive folders. See http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;833779 for ideas on how to stop shadow copies, remove old scheduled VSS tasks and then restart and reenter VSS scheduled jobs.
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