Add alias


Updated: April 17, 2012

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

Adds aliases to the alias environment. If used without parameters, add alias displays help at the command prompt.

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

add alias <AliasName> <AliasValue>




Specifies the name of the alias.


Specifies the value of the alias.


Displays help at the command prompt.

  • Aliases are saved in the metadata file and will be loaded with the load metadata command.

To list all shadows, including their aliases, type:

list shadows all

The following excerpt shows a shadow copy to which the default alias, VSS_SHADOW_x, has been assigned:

* Shadow Copy ID = {ff47165a-1946-4a0c-b7f4-80f46a309278}

To assign a new alias with the name System1 to this shadow copy, type:

add alias System1 %VSS_SHADOW_1%

Alternatively, you can assign the alias by using the shadow copy ID:

add alias System1 {ff47165a-1946-4a0c-b7f4-80f46a309278}