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VSS "System Writer" missing - System State backups failing RRS feed

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  • Hi All,

    I have a Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard server that is returning failed backup jobs for the System State component.

    Upon further investigation, I discovered that VSS "System Writer" is missing, and I have been combing through multitudes of online conversations that address this problem, and so far, none of them have been successful.

    The exact error is:

    "Failed to create system state shadow copy. VSSADMIN List writers – returns no system writer."

    Here are some of the links and suggestions that I have tried:

    register / re-register Microsoft Shadow Copy Provider and Volume Shadow Copy Services DLLs

    Check COM permissions: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc734021(WS.10).aspx

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winservergen/thread/f4c7fb5b-162a-4c75-994c-b75fbd1dece7/

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winserverfiles/thread/4458947a-623e-45c1-b8e4-868aad1e93b0#6fc12dc2-3317-45ea-9547-47955d90ac86

    Many more threads like these ones were attempted and I found that many of them shared common solutions - some of which were successful for the Original Poster, but unfortunately, I have not had the same success.

    I would appreciate any assistance with this problem - even if it means revisiting the solutions previously attempted in the interests of troubleshooting continuity.

    Your embattled colleague,

    Joe

    PS: This is the output of "vssadmin list writers" command:

    Writer name: 'Task Scheduler Writer'
       Writer Id: {d61d61c8-d73a-4eee-8cdd-f6f9786b7124}
       Writer Instance Id: {1bddd48e-5052-49db-9b07-b96f96727e6b}
       State: [1] Stable
       Last error: No error

    Writer name: 'VSS Metadata Store Writer'
       Writer Id: {75dfb225-e2e4-4d39-9ac9-ffaff65ddf06}
       Writer Instance Id: {088e7a7d-09a8-4cc6-a609-ad90e75ddc93}
       State: [1] Stable
       Last error: No error

    Writer name: 'Performance Counters Writer'
       Writer Id: {0bada1de-01a9-4625-8278-69e735f39dd2}
       Writer Instance Id: {f0086dda-9efc-47c5-8eb6-a944c3d09381}
       State: [1] Stable
       Last error: No error

    Writer name: 'SqlServerWriter'
       Writer Id: {a65faa63-5ea8-4ebc-9dbd-a0c4db26912a}
       Writer Instance Id: {36eb05f4-c273-4383-a8e1-520279115601}
       State: [1] Stable
       Last error: No error

    Writer name: 'ASR Writer'
       Writer Id: {be000cbe-11fe-4426-9c58-531aa6355fc4}
       Writer Instance Id: {8d2c7572-8e2b-41f3-9312-0613c1d5b3ec}
       State: [12] Failed
       Last error: No error

    Writer name: 'Registry Writer'
       Writer Id: {afbab4a2-367d-4d15-a586-71dbb18f8485}
       Writer Instance Id: {a4ddd26d-bc87-4ce3-9d1d-29b630c44979}
       State: [1] Stable
       Last error: No error

    Writer name: 'Shadow Copy Optimization Writer'
       Writer Id: {4dc3bdd4-ab48-4d07-adb0-3bee2926fd7f}
       Writer Instance Id: {31e87e74-0184-4047-8718-4345aa3315fe}
       State: [1] Stable
       Last error: No error

    Writer name: 'IIS Config Writer'
       Writer Id: {2a40fd15-dfca-4aa8-a654-1f8c654603f6}
       Writer Instance Id: {b23a02d5-58df-4547-90f3-8be40aa6fbba}
       State: [1] Stable
       Last error: No error

    Writer name: 'COM+ REGDB Writer'
       Writer Id: {542da469-d3e1-473c-9f4f-7847f01fc64f}
       Writer Instance Id: {d6eb45e0-622d-49a7-88b0-b86f796f8f04}
       State: [1] Stable
       Last error: No error

    Writer name: 'BITS Writer'
       Writer Id: {4969d978-be47-48b0-b100-f328f07ac1e0}
       Writer Instance Id: {e633f199-de5a-4649-b83e-efff248c8245}
       State: [1] Stable
       Last error: No error

    Writer name: 'WMI Writer'
       Writer Id: {a6ad56c2-b509-4e6c-bb19-49d8f43532f0}
       Writer Instance Id: {8581fe6c-e57b-4d17-934b-9708fdf9ffab}
       State: [1] Stable
       Last error: No error

    Tuesday, May 3, 2011 6:13 AM