Change the schedule for creating shadow copies

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To change the schedule for creating shadow copies

  1. Open Computer Management.

  2. In the console tree, right-click Shared Folders, select All Tasks, and then click Configure Shadow Copies.


    • Computer Management/System Tools/Shared Folders
  3. Click the volume where you want to make changes to the schedule, and then click Settings.

  4. In the Settings dialog box, click Schedule. Change the settings in the task scheduler as appropriate.


  • To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Administrators group on the local computer, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. If the computer is joined to a domain, members of the Domain Admins group might be able to perform this procedure.

  • To open Computer Management, click Start, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Computer Management.

  • The default schedule is 7:00 A.M. and 12:00 noon, Monday through Friday.

  • It is recommended that you do not schedule copies to be taken more frequently than once an hour.

  • There is a limit of 64 shadow copies per volume that can be stored. When this limit is reached, the oldest shadow copy will be deleted and cannot be retrieved.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

See Also


Shared Folders overview
Enable Shadow Copies for Shared Folders
Disable Shadow Copies for Shared Folders
Task Scheduler Concepts
Change the settings for Shadow Copies of Shared Folders
Best practices for Shadow Copies of Shared Folders