Displays current volume shadow copy backups and all installed shadow copy writers and providers in the command window.


Vssadmin list {shadows [/set= [shadow copy set GUID]] | writers | providers}


list shadows [/set= [shadow copy set GUID]] : Lists all shadow copies on the system, grouped by the Globally Unique Identifier (GUID) for the shadow copy set (a group of shadow copies created at the same time).

list writers : Lists the name, GUID, instance ID, and status of all installed shadow copy writers.

list providers : Lists the name, type, GUID, and version of all installed shadow copy providers.

/?: Displays help at the command prompt.


To display all installed volume shadow copy providers, type the following command:

vssadmin list providers

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