IVssExpressWriter::CreateMetadata method (vswriter.h)

Creates an express writer metadata object and returns an IVssCreateExpressWriterMetadata interface pointer to it.

Syntax

HRESULT CreateMetadata(
  [in]  VSS_ID                          writerId,
  [in]  LPCWSTR                         writerName,
  [in]  VSS_USAGE_TYPE                  usageType,
  [in]  DWORD                           versionMajor,
  [in]  DWORD                           versionMinor,
  [in]  DWORD                           reserved,
  [out] IVssCreateExpressWriterMetadata **ppMetadata
);

Parameters

[in] writerId

The globally unique identifier (GUID) of the writer class.

[in] writerName

A null-terminated wide character string that contains the name of the writer class. This string is not localized.

[in] usageType

A VSS_USAGE_TYPE enumeration value that indicates how the data that is managed by the writer is used on the host system. The only valid values for this parameter are VSS_UT_BOOTABLESYSTEMSTATE, VSS_UT_SYSTEMSERVICE, and VSS_UT_USERDATA.

[in] versionMajor

The major version of the writer application. For more information, see the Remarks section.

[in] versionMinor

The minor version of the writer application. For more information, see the Remarks section.

[in] reserved

This parameter is reserved for system use.

[out] ppMetadata

A pointer to a variable that receives an IVssCreateExpressWriterMetadata interface pointer to the newly created express writer metadata.

Return value

If this method succeeds, it returns S_OK. Otherwise, it returns an HRESULT error code.

Remarks

The versionMajor and versionMajor parameters are used to specify the writer's major and minor version numbers according to the following VSS conventions:

  • A writer's minor version number should be incremented by one whenever a released version of the writer contains minor changes that affect the writer's interaction with requesters. For example, a correction to a file specification in a writer QFE or service pack would justify incrementing the minor version number. However, a change between beta or release candidate versions of a writer would not justify the changing of the minor version number.
  • A writer's major version number should be incremented by one whenever a released version of the writer contains a significant change. For example, if data that is backed up with a new version of a writer cannot be restored using the previous version of the writer, the new writer's major version number should be incremented.
  • Whenever the major version number is incremented, the minor version number should be reset to zero.
If a writer does not specify a version number, VSS will assign a default version number of 0.0.

Requirements

   
Minimum supported client Windows 7 [desktop apps only]
Minimum supported server Windows Server 2008 R2 [desktop apps only]
Target Platform Windows
Header vswriter.h

See also

CreateVssExpressWriter

IVssExpressWriter