It has been a long time since AlphaVSS 1.0 Beta was first released. A little over two years to be precise. The original plan was of course to go from beta to final in a month or two, but for reasons I’ve rambled way too much about already that didn’t happen. So it is now [...]
AlphaVSS and AlphaFS are now both in version 1.0 Beta. For more information see the respective pages on codeplex. AlphaVSS on CodePlex AlphaFS on CodePlex
AlphaVSS provides a managed .NET interface to the Windows Volume Shadow Copy Service, making it possible to conveniently access and use the VSS API from within eg. C# or VB. New in this release is the support for Windows XP as well as Windows Vista (and later). To compile against Windows XP, you must use [...]
A project page, Trac and Subversion repository has been created for AlphaVSS on Assembla which is a nice service providing free software project hosting. If you have any bug-reports or feature requests, please create a new ticket on the Trac. If you want to check out the library, I recommend getting the sources from the [...]
New versions of both of the above libraries have been released.
AlphaVSS is a library providing a managed interface to the Windows Volume Shadow Copy Service API.
AlphaFS is a library providing more of the functions of the native Windows File- and Volume-management API to .NET.
The file system support in .NET is pretty good for most uses. However there are a few shortcomings, which this library tries to alleviate. The most notable deficiency of the standard .NET file system support was discovered in my attempts to work with the Windows Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) (See my previous posts). VSS [...]
Fixed a small bug (with large consequences) where a non-null value was interpreted as null and vice versa. For more information about AlphaVSS, see AlphaVSS – Bringing Windows Shadow Copy Service (VSS) to .NET. If you use the library and find it useful, have comments, find bugs or just have anything to say about it, [...]
Programming using the Windows Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) on the .NET platform in C# (or VB) seems to be somewhat problematic to say the least. I have read numerous posts online about this issue, without ever finding a robust solution that would allow me to access the VSS API from within my .NET application. [...]
Many programs exist for creating backups of your important data in different ways. Common methods include backing up an entire partition of your harddrive to some image format, or the simple copying of files, both incremental, differential and full backups. I am not interested in making a complete backup of my entire drives, mostly because [...]