VSS Backup. How to backup Microsoft Windows machines with Bacula Enterprise and VSS?
What is VSS backup? VSS backup definition, meaning and types. Backup Windows apps using VSS.
Bacula Enterprise is often considered to be a Linux-focused solution. However, the reality is that Bacula Enterprise Edition provides advanced tools for backing up Windows servers and workstations, as well as advanced Windows applications and databases. So no matter the mix of operating systems you are responsible for, Bacula Enterprise Edition can provide complete data backup and recovery services. Bacula Enterprise also allows cross platform data recovery, Bare Metal recovery for Windows, and agentless backup for HyperV guests.
For the most basic backups of filesystems and user data, proper backup of Microsoft Windows requires backups software to make a shadow copy of the filesystem in order to ensure that open files are correctly backed up and can be restored in a consistent state. This is done by interacting with the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) which allows backup of data and applications on a system without interrupting writes to those data and applications. VSS has been available and supported in Bacula Enterprise for all Windows versions since Windows XP and Server 2003.