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Reclaim the Space Used by Volume Shadow Copy On Exhcange Server 2013

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Reclaim the Space Used by Volume Shadow Copy On Exhcange Server 2013

One of my friend had an issue with his Exhcange 2013 running on Windows Server 2012 Standard, where the Exchange Database Volume used to get full with no progres in the Database Size.

Volume Size = 590 GB

Database Size: 530 GB

Available Space = 30 GB

So balance 30GB was missing with no clue.

Upon trouble shooting we found that it was being used by Volume Shadow Copies.

Go to the Volume –> Right Click and Click Configure Shadow Objects

 

Open the elevated Command Prompt to check the status of the list of Shadow Copies by running the following Command:

c:\vssadmin list shadowstorage

 

 

The shadow copies can easily be deleted by running the following command:

c:\vssadmin delete shadows /for=o: /all (In my case it was O: drive)

vssadmin 1.1 - Volume Shadow Copy Service administrative command-line tool
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Snapshots were found, but they were outside of your allowed context.  Try removing them with the
backup application which created them

The command returned with the above error.

Below are commands tha we should run in order the get rid of the “outside of your allowed context” errors.


vssadmin resize shadowstorage /for=O: /on=O: /maxsize=401MB
The above command shall be executed "Successfully" 

vssadmin resize shadowstorage /for=d: /on=D: /maxsize=unbounded
The above command shall result with: "Successfully resized the shadow copy storage association"
Run a quick command to view the Shadows Copy if available
vssadmin list shadows

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