Reconfiguring space allocated for System Restore Points in Vista

Just a few notes for myself of some stuff I stumbled across today.

Seems like there are some commands to limit how much space Vista uses for system restore points, by default it uses 15% of your disk space, so if you want to get some of that back here are some commands to set a lower limit (I set mine to 2GB):

C:\Users\PaulR.000>vssadmin list shadows
vssadmin 1.1 – Volume Shadow Copy Service administrative command-line tool
(C) Copyright 2001-2005 Microsoft Corp.

Contents of shadow copy set ID: {90c59b91-33b5-4739-af2c-b5a1fcab7354}
   Contained 1 shadow copies at creation time: 17/09/2009 16:31:56
      Shadow Copy ID: {8a74693e-9343-4538-8f72-4debbd3e423d}
         Original Volume: (C:)\\?\Volume{986bcfae-d729-11dd-8592-806e6f6e6963}\
         Shadow Copy Volume: \\?\GLOBALROOT\Device\HarddiskVolumeShadowCopy1
         Originating Machine: diablo.uk.internal
         Service Machine: diablo.uk.internal
         Provider: ‘Microsoft Software Shadow Copy provider 1.0’
         Type: ClientAccessibleWriters
         Attributes: Persistent, Client-accessible, No auto release, Differential, Auto recovered

Contents of shadow copy set ID: {fe59f6ba-c205-42e2-8aad-c38bd450c0db}
   Contained 1 shadow copies at creation time: 18/09/2009 09:13:22
      Shadow Copy ID: {a3fd7f4b-6846-4bb2-9522-51c31fff689b}
         Original Volume: (C:)\\?\Volume{986bcfae-d729-11dd-8592-806e6f6e6963}\
         Shadow Copy Volume: \\?\GLOBALROOT\Device\HarddiskVolumeShadowCopy2
         Originating Machine: diablo.uk.internal
         Service Machine: diablo.uk.internal
         Provider: ‘Microsoft Software Shadow Copy provider 1.0’
         Type: ClientAccessibleWriters
         Attributes: Persistent, Client-accessible, No auto release, Differential, Auto recovered

Contents of shadow copy set ID: {8298d938-24ba-42ba-adc8-b5f242bc6df8}
   Contained 1 shadow copies at creation time: 19/09/2009 23:46:30
      Shadow Copy ID: {69706fa2-5b2f-42c2-bdd7-9f0785799682}
         Original Volume: (C:)\\?\Volume{986bcfae-d729-11dd-8592-806e6f6e6963}\
         Shadow Copy Volume: \\?\GLOBALROOT\Device\HarddiskVolumeShadowCopy3
         Originating Machine: diablo.uk.internal
         Service Machine: diablo.uk.internal
         Provider: ‘Microsoft Software Shadow Copy provider 1.0’
         Type: ClientAccessibleWriters
         Attributes: Persistent, Client-accessible, No auto release, Differential, Auto recovered

Contents of shadow copy set ID: {0033599e-e76e-40af-bae4-8d29a07f6f76}
   Contained 1 shadow copies at creation time: 20/09/2009 00:47:42
      Shadow Copy ID: {abab51ff-c37c-4bae-846d-cddbb7e47390}
         Original Volume: (C:)\\?\Volume{986bcfae-d729-11dd-8592-806e6f6e6963}\
         Shadow Copy Volume: \\?\GLOBALROOT\Device\HarddiskVolumeShadowCopy4
         Originating Machine: diablo.uk.internal
         Service Machine: diablo.uk.internal
         Provider: ‘Microsoft Software Shadow Copy provider 1.0’
         Type: ClientAccessibleWriters
         Attributes: Persistent, Client-accessible, No auto release, Differential, Auto recovered


C:\Users\PaulR.000>vssadmin list volumes
vssadmin 1.1 – Volume Shadow Copy Service administrative command-line tool
(C) Copyright 2001-2005 Microsoft Corp.

Volume path: C:\
    Volume name: \\?\Volume{986bcfae-d729-11dd-8592-806e6f6e6963}\

C:\Users\PaulR.000>vssadmin list shadowstorage
vssadmin 1.1 – Volume Shadow Copy Service administrative command-line tool
(C) Copyright 2001-2005 Microsoft Corp.

Shadow Copy Storage association
   For volume: (C:)\\?\Volume{986bcfae-d729-11dd-8592-806e6f6e6963}\
   Shadow Copy Storage volume: (C:)\\?\Volume{986bcfae-d729-11dd-8592-806e6f6e6963}\
   Used Shadow Copy Storage space: 5.22 GB
   Allocated Shadow Copy Storage space: 5.427 GB
   Maximum Shadow Copy Storage space: 4.871 GB


C:\Users\PaulR.000>vssadmin resize shadowstorage /for=c: /on=c: /maxsize=2GB
vssadmin 1.1 – Volume Shadow Copy Service administrative command-line tool
(C) Copyright 2001-2005 Microsoft Corp.

Successfully resized the shadow copy storage association

C:\Users\PaulR.000>vssadmin list shadowstorage
vssadmin 1.1 – Volume Shadow Copy Service administrative command-line tool
(C) Copyright 2001-2005 Microsoft Corp.

Shadow Copy Storage association
   For volume: (C:)\\?\Volume{986bcfae-d729-11dd-8592-806e6f6e6963}\
   Shadow Copy Storage volume: (C:)\\?\Volume{986bcfae-d729-11dd-8592-806e6f6e6963}\
   Used Shadow Copy Storage space: 0 B
   Allocated Shadow Copy Storage space: 0 B
   Maximum Shadow Copy Storage space: 2 GB


C:\Users\PaulR.000>vssadmin list shadows
vssadmin 1.1 – Volume Shadow Copy Service administrative command-line tool
(C) Copyright 2001-2005 Microsoft Corp.

No items found that satisfy the query.

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