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Error when you try and delete Shadow Copies with Windows 2008/2012 with VSSAdmin:

"Error: Snapshots were found, but they were outside your allowed context. Try removing them with the backup application which created them."

I have seen this on multiple occasions and which lead to some backup failures using third-party Backup Applications.
I suspect that the cause is the Backup Application itself and in the way it creates the Shadow Copies when executed (resulting in corrupt copies).


SOLUTION:
Use Diskshadow instead (the new and improved replacement to Vssadmin).
Diskshadow will allow you to delete corrupt Shadow Coppies (unlike VSSAdmin).