You have a need to add Application-Level consistancy to Windows 2008 VMs and or you have a need to truncate application logs for MS Exchange.
Please use the following steps to implement vzShadow.
1. Install vRanger.
2. Download and install the appropriate C++ Redistributable package on the same VM that hosts the VSS aware application you want to quiesce.
For 64-bit (x64) machines, go to: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=BD2A6171-E2D6-4230-B809-9A8D7548C1B6&displaylang=en
For 32-bit (x86) machines, go to: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=9b2da534-3e03-4391-8a4d-074b9f2bc1bf&displaylang=en#RelatedLinks
3. The installed vRanger software (version 4.5 and later) contains two files, one of which must be moved to the root directory of the VM that hosts the VSS aware application.
The files can be found for vRanger 4.x in:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Vizioncore\vRanger\VSS
The files can be found for vRanger 5.x in:
C:\Program Files\Quest Software\vRanger\VSS
C:\Program Files (x86)\Quest Software\vRanger\VSS
4. Depending on your system, move the appropriate file to the VM’s root directory (typically the C:\ directory), the VM that hosts the VSS aware application.
vzshadow_x64.exe for 64-bit (x64) OS's
vzshadow_x86.exe for 32-bit (x86) OS's
5. Create a directory on the VM that hosts the VSS aware application:
backupscripts.d in C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\
6. In this directory, create a batch file called freeze.bat.
A sample batch:
Where x equals the drive that hosts the application - if there are multiple volumes on this VM, list all volumes, separated by colon space (: ), as in:
c:\vzshadow.exe c: d: e:
When VSS is triggered by VMware tools, the pre-freeze script will execute vzShadow.exe.