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Installing the Volume Shadow Copy Service with VMware Tools (1008965)

Details

This article provides steps to install the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) on a virtual machine on ESX 3.5 Update 2 or higher.

Solution

ESX 3.5 Update 2 provides quiescing support using VSS. However, the VSS components are not installed when upgrading VMware Tools on a Windows Server 2003 virtual machine.
 
You can install VSS components manually by performing an interactive tools upgrade with VMware Infrastructure (VI) Client.
 
To manually install VSS: 
  1. In the VMware Tools installer, select Modify > Drivers > VSS.
  2. Complete the installation process.
  3. Restart the virtual machine to make sure VSS components are installed and running.

Note: For more information about VSS, see http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc785914(WS.10).aspx.

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