VSS_SNAPSHOT_PROP structure

The VSS_SNAPSHOT_PROP structure contains the properties of a shadow copy or shadow copy set.

Syntax


typedef struct _VSS_SNAPSHOT_PROP {
  VSS_ID             m_SnapshotId;
  VSS_ID             m_SnapshotSetId;
  LONG               m_lSnapshotsCount;
  VSS_PWSZ           m_pwszSnapshotDeviceObject;
  VSS_PWSZ           m_pwszOriginalVolumeName;
  VSS_PWSZ           m_pwszOriginatingMachine;
  VSS_PWSZ           m_pwszServiceMachine;
  VSS_PWSZ           m_pwszExposedName;
  VSS_PWSZ           m_pwszExposedPath;
  VSS_ID             m_ProviderId;
  LONG               m_lSnapshotAttributes;
  VSS_TIMESTAMP      m_tsCreationTimestamp;
  VSS_SNAPSHOT_STATE m_eStatus;
} VSS_SNAPSHOT_PROP, *PVSS_SNAPSHOT_PROP;

Members

m_SnapshotId

A VSS_ID (GUID) uniquely identifying the shadow copy identifier.

m_SnapshotSetId

A VSS_ID (GUID) uniquely identifying the shadow copy set containing the shadow copy.

m_lSnapshotsCount

Number of volumes included with the shadow copy in the shadow copy set when it was created. Because it is possible for applications to release individual shadow copies without releasing the shadow copy set, at any given time the number of shadow copies in the shadow copy set may be less then m_LSnapshotsCount.

The maximum number of shadow-copied volumes permitted in a shadow copy set is 64.

m_pwszSnapshotDeviceObject

Null-terminated wide character string containing the name of the device object for the shadow copy of the volume. The device object can be thought of as the root of a shadow copy of a volume. Requesters will use this device name when accessing files on a shadow-copied volume that it needs to work with.

The device name does not contain a trailing "\".

m_pwszOriginalVolumeName

Null-terminated wide character string containing the name of the volume that had been shadow copied.

m_pwszOriginatingMachine

Null-terminated wide character string containing the name of the machine containing the original volume.

m_pwszServiceMachine

Null-terminated wide character string containing the name of the machine running the Volume Shadow Copy Service that created the shadow copy.

m_pwszExposedName

Null-terminated wide character string containing the name of the shadow copy when it is exposed. This is a drive letter or mounted folder (if the shadow copy is exposed as a local volume), or a share name. Corresponds to the wszExpose parameter of the IVssBackupComponents::ExposeSnapshot method.

m_pwszExposedPath

Null-terminated wide character string indicating the portion of the shadow copy of a volume made available if it is exposed as a share. Corresponds to the wszPathFromRoot parameter of the IVssBackupComponents::ExposeSnapshot method.

m_ProviderId

A VSS_ID (GUID) uniquely identifying the provider used to create this shadow copy.

m_lSnapshotAttributes

The attributes of the shadow copy expressed as a bit mask (or bitwise OR) of members of the _VSS_VOLUME_SNAPSHOT_ATTRIBUTES enumeration.

m_tsCreationTimestamp

Time stamp indicating when the shadow copy was created. The exact time is determined by the provider. See VSS_TIMESTAMP for information about the time-stamp format.

m_eStatus

Current shadow copy creation status. See VSS_SNAPSHOT_STATE.

Remarks

Requesters typically obtain a pointer to a VSS_SNAPSHOT_PROP structure by using the IVssBackupComponents::GetSnapshotProperties method or the IVssSoftwareSnapshotProvider::GetSnapshotProperties method. When this structure is no longer needed, the caller is responsible for freeing it by using the VssFreeSnapshotProperties function.

The shadow copy device object contained in m_pwszSnapshotDeviceObject is used to address files on the shadow copy of the volume. For instance, if the original volume has a file with a path of "\topleveldir\File.html", then the path to the shadow copy of the file is "m_pwszSnapshotDeviceObject"+"\topleveldir\File.html".

When a shadow copy is exposed as a share, the value of m_pwszExposedName will be the share name. When the shadow copy is exposed as a drive letter or mounted folder, the shadow copy m_pwszExposedName is a drive letter followed by a colon—for example, "X:" or a mounted folder path (for example, "Y:\MountX").

If a shadow copy is exposed as a drive letter or mounted folder, then (as with mounting any device) the entire shadow copy starting at its root will be exposed at the mount point. In this case, m_pwszExposedPath will be null.

If the shadow copy is exposed as a share, the value of m_pwszExposedPath will be the path to the portion of the volume that is shared.

Requirements

Minimum supported client

Windows XP [desktop apps only]

Minimum supported server

Windows Server 2003 [desktop apps only]

Header

Vss.h

See also

_VSS_SNAPSHOT_CONTEXT
VSS_TIMESTAMP
_VSS_VOLUME_SNAPSHOT_ATTRIBUTES
VSS_SNAPSHOT_STATE
IVssBackupComponents::ExposeSnapshot
IVssBackupComponents::GetSnapshotProperties
IVssSoftwareSnapshotProvider::GetSnapshotProperties
VssFreeSnapshotProperties

 

 

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