Volume Shadow Copy (VSS) Service on Windows Server 2012

Q

What is the "Volume Shadow Copy (VSS)" system service on Windows Server 2012? Can I disable "Volume Shadow Copy"?

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A

"Volume Shadow Copy (VSS)" is a Windows Server 2012 service that manages and implements Volume Shadow Copies used for backup and other purposes. If this service is stopped, shadow copies will be unavailable for backup and the backup may fail.

Detailed information on "Volume Shadow Copy" service:

Service name: VSS
Display name: Volume Shadow Copy
Execution command: 
   C:\Windows\system32\vssvc.exe
Dependencies:
   Remote Procedure Call (RPC)

"Volume Shadow Copy" service is provided by the vssvc.exe program, which has the following properties:

Name: svchost.exe
Location: C:\Windows\system32\vssvc.exe
Description: Microsoft® Volume Shadow Copy Service
File version: 6.3.9600.17415
Size: 1.38 MB (1,454,080 bytes)
Modified: Tuesday, ‎October ‎28, ‎2014, ‏‎8:59:28 PM

Disabling "Volume Shadow Copy" service will cause issues on running Windows 2012 Server.

 

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