I think that there might be a decent market [it would definitely be useful] for a utility that handles &/or manipulates Vista shadow copies. People using the Home versions can't access them except thru System Restore, they're currently useless for those who dual boot, and perhaps are useless in some home networking set-ups -- when an OS besides Vista looks at the hdd, it can't understand the format the shadow copies are written in, so they're deleted. I'd guess that it would also be possible for this program to use the shadow copies as the basis for various backup functions, perhaps even including some of the functionality that MS purposely left out.
I think that sort of thing might wind up being even more useful as Vista users find out the limits of their authority in Vista, and how difficult it is to get rid of & keep Vista from using stored driver versions.
The only real information I've come across was posted at Adi Oltean's Weblog: http://blogs.msdn.co...ioltean/default.aspx
-- posts include scripting samples to copy the shadow copy files to another location.
At any rate, while I of course may be full of it
I wanted to pass this on just in case I'm not.
I do think it's an untapped opportunity.