Samba 3.6 and Volume Shadow Copy/Previous Versions with ZFS

I am using FreeBSD 9.0 and have Samba 3.6 installed with a patch from included in /usr/ports/net/samba36/files before the compilation.

In my smb.conf I have following entry to enable shadow copy/ Previous versions for Windows clients
   comment = Public Stuff
   path = /pool/shared
   public = yes
   writable = yes
   vfs objects = shadow_copy2
   shadow: snapdir = .zfs/snapshot
   shadow: sort = desc
   shadow: format = AutoH-%Y-%m-%dT%H:%M

I use a rolling ZFS backup script, and my snapshots fit the format I have given in the smb.conf:

It all works fine in Windows, I can got into the properties of items on the network share and find "Previous Versions" as a selectable tab there. Now the problem: it only seems to detect folder versions, but nothing is displayed for files. I can copy and restore directories, but nothing with files.

The working tab looks like in this screenshot

Resources on the use of Volume Shadow Copy and Previous versions in conjunction with samba are scarce and date quite some time back (as well as being mostly about Solaris). The screenshot shown is from Windows XP SP3 and I have tested the same share on a Windows 7 setup, so my guess is that it seems like a server/samba/smb.conf issue?

I would be glad for any input someone could offer on this topic :)
Thank you for your input acheron :)
I have deleted the patch file as well as recompiled/-installed samba and added your suggested parameters to my smb.conf.
Now a shared entry sample looks like this in the config
  follow symlinks = yes
  wide links = yes
   vfs objects = shadow_copy2
   shadow: snapdir = .zfs/snapshot
   shadow: sort = desc
   shadow: format = AutoH-%Y-%m-%dT%H:%M

Unfortunately still no luck as "Previous Versions" tab not showing any entries, but directories do. Could you please post a full example share that works, or maybe example smb.conf file you use, maybe I am missing something else. Thanks again.
Just blind shoot - compare yours FreeBSD version with acherons one. Last week I had somehow similar problem. Midnight commander installed on FreeBSD stable was displaying only empty directories over ssh link to computer with 9-release. After updating remote computer to stable branch problem disappeared.
Ok, here we go:
FreeBSD hostname 9.0-RELEASE FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE #0: Tue Jan  3 07:46:30 UTC 2012 amd64
Ports are up to date as well.


I'm running CURRENT (I don't know the exact svn revision). My smb.conf is similar to yours. I'm not sure I understand what you mean with
"Previous Versions" tab not showing any entries, but directories do
You just need to double click on the "previous version" you are interested in and an Explorer will pop up and let you pick whatever files/directories you want from that snapshot.
Ok, so we are using a different versions, if this has anything to do with it.

Maybe I have to clarify how I access "Previous versions" in Windows 7 and XP: I right click on any element, be it file or directory, on the network samba share in the Explorer and select "Properties" and from there I access the tab "Previous versions", which looks like the one in my first post. Now, this only gives me a populated list for directory properties, but for file properties the list of available snapshots is empty. When I select copy or restore for a directory in "Previous versions", everything works, so I am not sure what goes wrong for files.

Thanks again ;)
PS: If there is another way of accessing files/directories as you described, I don't know about it, which is why I use PV like I do through Explorer Properties.


Ok I see what you mean and I have the same behaviour. What I was doing is right click on the network share, select properties, previous version and double clik on the snapshot I'm interested in.