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1 Introduction

The Shadow Copy Management Protocol is used to programmatically enumerate shadow copies and configure shadow copy storage on remote machines. The protocol uses a set of Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM) interfaces to query shadow copies and manage shadow copy storage on a remote machine.

This specification describes storage concepts, including volume storage concepts, in the Windows operating system. Although this specification outlines some basic storage concepts, it assumes that the reader has familiarity with these technologies. For background information about storage, disk, and volume concepts, see [MSDN-STC] and [MSDN-VOLMAN].

This protocol documentation is intended for use together with publicly available standard specifications, networking programming art, and Microsoft distributed systems concepts. It assumes that the reader is either familiar with this material or has immediate access to it.

A protocol specification does not require the use of Microsoft programming tools or programming environments for a Licensee to develop an implementation. Licensees who have access to Microsoft programming tools and environments are free to take advantage of them.

Sections 1.8, 2, and 3 of this specification are normative and can contain the terms MAY, SHOULD, MUST, MUST NOT, and SHOULD NOT as defined in [RFC2119]. Sections 1.5 and 1.9 are also normative but do not contain those terms. All other sections and examples in this specification are informative.

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