CPS Cannot Index: Warning: Server Snapshot deleted sucessfully by external source


Snapshots are being deleted before indexing can be done; thus killing any restore data.

Error Message

Warning:  Server Snapshot deleted sucessfully by external source:   Snapshot created on [DATE AND TIME] for server [SERVERNAME] volume [VOLUME:] containing backup destination [DESTINATION] has been deleted by an external source.


Snapshots are being deleted due to Microsoft size limitations within Shadow Copies of the volume.



To view current settings related to snapshots:

  • Navigate to My Computer/Computer to view the available volumes
  • Right click on the backup volume CPS is trying to snapshot for indexing
  • Click Properties
  • Select the Shadow Copies tab
  • Click on the drive in question and click Settings
  • Ensure that the Maximum size: is set to a large enough size to hold the snapshots or select No Limit


Applies To

Microsoft Windows Server 2008

Microsoft Windows Server 2003

Backup Exec Continuous Protection Server (CPS) 2010

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