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Volume Shadow Copy for IIS Files

Recover to past versions of a webpage/file

     
12:48 pm on Jan 12, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Anyone using this feature on Windows boxes to provide quick file recovery when wrong cahnges are deployed to the live site ?

I wonder if theres any issues using it with IIS and websites as oposed to the normal user documents ?

Thanks.

1:07 pm on Jan 12, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I've not used it directly, but only via the DriveImageXML utility, (which uses VSS to do its thing). This worked great, creating drive images while the server was running.

to provide quick file recovery when wrong cahnges are deployed to the live site

I would go with a good Source Control system for this, this will allow quick rollbacks, also allowing you to see exactly when the change was made, by whom, and exactly what the changes were.
1:41 pm on Jan 13, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Hi

I have good source control on dev, but I prefer nopt to use on the production servers. We had a file go up recently that shouldnt have and looking and shadow copy tutorial it would have been so easy to right click and recover the previous version.

I just wondered if it has any issues with IIS other than disc space or dependencies.

I find that good source control systems have a lot of issues. The open source ones are hard to get working under Windows & I used to use VSS but thought it had been discontinued when vstudio team edition came out ?

What do you use for Source control on Windows ?

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What do you use for Source control on Windows ?

I use SourceGear Vault, for a single user it is free, and for multiple users it is reasonably priced.

Integrates fully with Visual Studio, but can also work independently of an editor.

I like the fact that I can build and test locally, and when all is ok I check it in and the Shadow Folder service copies the changes to the live website. (rollbacks are also taken care of by the Shadow folder service)

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I enabled Volume Shadow Copy on a heavily used company public IIS server some years ago, and had no issues at all. Had it running for years - probably still is running (I left).

Its actually a very good solution that actually works well in the real world and very cheap :)

 

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