Deleting an Application Rollback shadow image

The normal vssadmin command can’t delete shadow copy’s of type “ApplicationRollback”. To delete the shadow image get the Volume Shadow Copy Service SDK from Microsoft using Windows 2003. Windows 2008 and newer has the command built-in .

The vshadow command can do very powerful stuff – indeed a very interesting command.

N:\>vssadmin list shadows
vssadmin 1.1 – Volume Shadow Copy Service administrative command-line tool
(C) Copyright 2001 Microsoft Corp.

Contents of shadow copy set ID: {047a3cb0-04fe-4298-bfe9-0124ec79410b}
Contained 1 shadow copies at creation time: 8/27/2008 2:51:14 PM
Shadow Copy ID: {0d456a73-e8f4-4695-b0dd-59e55c190753}
Original Volume: (D:)\\?\Volume{8a9334e5-c416-11dc-95ba-806e6f6e6963}\
Shadow Copy Volume: \\?\GLOBALROOT\Device\HarddiskVolumeShadowCopy1
Originating Machine: appdkba795.acme.com
Service Machine: appdkba795.acme.com
Provider: ‘Microsoft Software Shadow Copy provider 1.0’
Type: ApplicationRollback
Attributes: Persistent, No auto release, Differential

Run vshadow command and delete all snaps – text below for reference.

D:\vss_tools>vshadow -da

VSHADOW.EXE 2.2 – Volume Shadow Copy sample client
Copyright (C) 2005 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

(Option: Delete all shadow copies)
This will delete all shadow copies in the system. Are you sure? [Y/N] y

– Setting the VSS context to: 0xffffffff
– Deleting shadow copy {0d456a73-e8f4-4695-b0dd-59e55c190753} on \\?\Volume{8a9334e5-c416-11dc-95ba-806e6f6e6963}\ from provider {b5946137-7b9f-4925-af80-51abd6
0b20d5} [0x00020009]…

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