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How to enable Shadow Copies in Windows Server 2019/2016

Windows Server 2019 offers a wide range of security options. However, data backup and restore are the most sensitive. Because a failure in data availability can have serious consequences for the organization. For both the user and the administrator. With this intention, the system makes use of the Volume Snapshot System. With this intention, the system makes use of the Instant Volume System. This feature first appeared in Windows Server 2003. Consequently, Windows Server 2019 uses this technology to use the Volume Shadow Copy function. In this way, it is possible to back up the system without affecting its performance. Therefore, system security is enhanced by being able to safely restore data. This allows you to create backups to return to a previous point or restore the system. See how to enable shadow copies in windows server 2019/2016.

Activating Volume Shadow Copy in Windows Server 2019/2016

In the first place, it is necessary to open the disk manager by pressing the Win+X combination.

Enter the disk manager
Enter the disk manager

Then select the partition where the server is installed. Then, right-click on it and enter Properties.

Go to the properties of the disk where the system is installed.
Go to the properties of the disk where the system is installed.

Now, go to the Shadow Copies tab and then click on Enable.

Enable Shadow Copies
Enable Shadow Copies
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In the next window, press Yes to confirm the creation.

After confirmation, we see how a restore point has been created in the selected unit. Please click on Settings.

Open the settings
Open the settings

Within this table you can see the following parameters:

  • To know which is the volume where the backup will be made
  • Setting a maximum copy size
  • Set a custom schedule on which to back up
Enter schedule
Enter schedule

Within this section, it will be possible to define the following:

  • Define the exact date and time of each backup
  • Define the programming frequency
  • Define how often the copy will be made
  • Activate which days the copy will be made
You can set the periodicity of the backups

In this way, it is possible to enable the shadow copies in Windows Server 2019/2016. Now it is possible to increase the security in the system. This is all for now. Before saying goodbye, I invite you to see our post about creating a local account on Windows 10.

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