Windows Server Backup (WSB) was introduced with Server 2008, replacing the functionality of NTBackup in earlier versions of windows. WSB uses automatic space and version management, so in theory there should be no need to manually clear old backups to make space for the new ones. Of course the difference between theory and practice is that in theory there is no difference; in practice there is…
You may one day notice that your WSB backups fail with error code 2155348010 (hex 0x8078002A) “One of the backup files could not be created”. If you check the backup target disk you find there is little free space. You can format the disk (losing all backups on it), buy a larger disk, or try deleting snapshots from the disk using Diskshadow.exe.
We will see in the below demostration How we can delete the Windows Server Backup Copies and these are the exact steps which you can follow… Lets Explore
Error: Snapshots were found, but they were outside of your allowed context. Try removing them with the backup application which created them.
VSSadmin is now replaced by the Diskshadow in windows server 2008 Operating System (this is an inbuilt utility in OS) and if you want to remove the backup copies or old corrupted shadows you can use the command as follows
Open command prompt
Type “List Shadows all”
It will list all the shadows on the server and we can see the number of shadows at this moment is 36
Type command “Delete Shadows Oldest E:”
So if we list again we will get the new numbers of shadows
Now number is 35
You can use more options like
And also you can delete the particular shadows
Delete shadows id 36350cd8-5ae2-4ccc-a9e3-e0db64116883 — The ID of the shadow you want to delete and if you have multiple copies to delete you can use
Delete shadows all — to delete them all if the only ones listed are the ones you want to delete
This above article shows you up about delete windows server backup copies and also have a look how you can check the DiskShadows as well. So if you have any further query on this “delete windows server backup copies” put your comments will create a detailed post according to your needs.