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Load metadata


Updated: April 17, 2012

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8

Loads a metadata .cab file prior to importing a transportable shadow copy or loads the writer metadata in the case of a restore. If used without parameters, load metadata displays help at the command prompt.

For examples of how to use this command, see Examples.

load metadata [<Drive>:][<Path>]<MetaData.cab>




Specifies the location of the metadata file.


Specifies the metadata .cab file to load.

  • You can use the import command to import a transportable shadow copy based on the metadata specified by load metadata.

  • This command is needed before the begin restore command to load the selected writers and components for the restore.

To load a metadata file called metafile.cab from the default location, type:

load metadata metafile.cab
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