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Vssadmin create shadow

Published: April 17, 2012

Updated: April 17, 2012

Applies To: Windows 8, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012

Creates a new shadow copy of a specified volume.

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

vssadmin create shadow /for=<ForVolumeSpec> [/autoretry=<MaxRetryMinutes>]


Parameter Description


Specifies the volume to be shadow copied. Note that the ForVolumeSpec value must be a local volume drive letter or mount point.


Specifies the maximum amount of time (in minutes) during which the vssadmin command will attempt to create the shadow copy, if another process is simultaneously attempting to create a shadow copy.

To create a shadow copy of volume C, type:

vssadmin create shadow /for=c: 

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