Why development of AlphaVSS and AlphaFS suddenly slowed down…

When I started developing AlphaVSS and AlphaFS I was in the final stages of my Master Thesis project at Chalmers Univeristy, and looking for a job. This meant I had a whole lot of spare time, and development of these two libraries progressed quite quickly.

In November 2008 I got a job as a developer at iCore Solutions AB and unfortunately this meant that my spare time suddenly was a lot more limited. Furthermore, working as a developer in .NET means I spend at least 8 hours a day at work in front of Visual Studio.  Needless to say, that significantly reduces the wish to spend your spare time in front of the computer doing the same thing.  So this means that lately the development and activity of both these libraries has come close to a standstill.

Another reason for the slowdown is that they are both in beta stage, but not enough feedback has been received as to make the decision to go final.

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that I have not abandoned these projects, and I intend to continue developing them, however the pace is unfortunately severely reduced.

If you feel you have the time, and will to contribute to either of these projects, please don’t hesitate to let me know as any help would be greatly appreciated.

And also, if you have any feedback, both negative and positive on any of these projects, please let me know!


  1. Great library, use it in a small non-commercial project.

    Hope it brings our team some money some time. 🙂

    Anyway, here we have a great amount of work.
    Excellent work.

  2. Hi,
    I’m using the library as well and I like it very much!!

    A question, is it possible to use VSS as user in e.g. Win7 ?

    If it’s not necessary I won’t run my program under Admin-privileges.

    Thanks a lot

  3. Hi
    I have written a small application that backup a ton of sql server’s file (mdf & ldf) and copy them to another server through ssh.

    Tank you so much !

    Can i help to contribute to the projct ?

  4. Hi Peter

    Thanks so much for your library. It helped us to add VSS support to our online backup product CloudBerry Drive. if you want to check it out. Please claim your free license if you like.


  5. AlphaFS and AlphaVSS only provide convenient access to the VSS and many Win32 API filesystem functions available that are otherwise not readily available from .NET.

    The answers to your questions are likely found on the official Microsoft documentation on MSDN for the VSS API, in combination with the documentation for AlphaVSS. If what you want to do is possible using the Win32 API, it is likely possible in .NET.

    Unfortunately I cannot give you a more precise answer since I am by no means an expert in developing backup applications.

  6. It is Windows 2008 and Windows 2003 servers that I was considering writing something custom for. The commercial solutions are all pretty expensive and I thought it would be worth a try to use your building blocks to automate some backups in those environments.

    I’m interested in doing some combination of complete volume backups and individual folders & writing those backups to large external disk drive(s). Would your libraries allow for multiple server/volume backups on a single external drive?

  7. I wouldn’t say that these libraries can be used AS a windows server backup system. They most definitely could be used to develop a backup system/application that would run on Windows Server, but I don’t know if I would call it inexpensive to develop a custom software application.

    Of course Windows Server already comes with a backup application, which undoubtedly is one of the cheaper ways to create backups of a server since you already paid for it. Unfortunately, depending on which version of Windows Server you are using, it is not very feature-rich; On Windows Server 2008 you can’t even select which folders to backup, only entire volumes.

    Don’t know if this answers your question at all, but let me know otherwise and I’ll try to improve the answer 😉

  8. Could a combination of AlphaFS and AlphaVSS be used as an inexpensive windows server backup system? If so, any pointers as to what to look at first and what to avoid?

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