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Having problems backing up the System State

By ronen_u ·
Hi All

I'm having problems backing up the system state on my 2003 SP2 windows server that is also a DC.

the problem occur because the NTDS Writer that is used by the VSS is missing.
after restart the computer this writer is listed in the output of the command " VSSADMIN list writers"

but after few days the NTDS Writer is gone again untill the next reboot.

i installed all the patches from microsoft
i also re-registered all the VSS dll's.

nothing seem to help

below is the "VSSADMIN list writers output"


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vssadmin 1.1 - Volume Shadow Copy Service administrative command-line tool
(C) Copyright 2001 Microsoft Corp.

Writer name: 'System Writer'
Writer Id: {e8132975-6f93-4464-a53e-1050253ae220}
Writer Instance Id: {cb4a0998-8458-4542-8530-f92ef3d982ab}
State: [1] Stable
Last error: No error

Writer name: 'MSDEWriter'
Writer Id: {f8544ac1-0611-4fa5-b04b-f7ee00b03277}
Writer Instance Id: {c4b5bbdc-d4ea-4465-812c-b48e0eaa9bb8}
State: [1] Stable
Last error: No error

Writer name: 'FRS Writer'
Writer Id: {d76f5a28-3092-4589-ba48-2958fb88ce29}
Writer Instance Id: {9b4a9239-b99b-4040-b078-c40170ef04af}
State: [1] Stable
Last error: No error

Writer name: 'Event Log Writer'
Writer Id: {eee8c692-67ed-4250-8d86-390603070d00}
Writer Instance Id: {8c0fa31c-1fa0-480f-9b6a-95130cebfcb0}
State: [1] Stable
Last error: No error

Writer name: 'Registry Writer'
Writer Id: {afbab4a2-367d-4d15-a586-71dbb18f8485}
Writer Instance Id: {49b01905-6980-434e-be8b-30d352465ae8}
State: [1] Stable
Last error: No error

Writer name: 'COM+ REGDB Writer'
Writer Id: {542da469-d3e1-473c-9f4f-7847f01fc64f}
Writer Instance Id: {4e54f020-c898-467c-beff-0103b9ab8872}
State: [1] Stable
Last error: No error

Writer name: 'IIS Metabase Writer'
Writer Id: {59b1f0cf-90ef-465f-9609-6ca8b2938366}
Writer Instance Id: {d7e2450b-1380-41b1-9de9-a4b8d35d8fd6}
State: [1] Stable
Last error: No error

Writer name: 'WMI Writer'
Writer Id: {a6ad56c2-b509-4e6c-bb19-49d8f43532f0}
Writer Instance Id: {9ab27fc4-f446-42bd-acfb-176f121cf79e}
State: [1] Stable
Last error: No error

Writer name: 'BITS Writer'
Writer Id: {4969d978-be47-48b0-b100-f328f07ac1e0}
Writer Instance Id: {3355a413-5042-41e3-985c-bc31cc1ca120}
State: [1] Stable
Last error: No error

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VSS writers not in stable condition

by ellen.welden In reply to Having problems backing u ...

I'm having a similar issue. The writers are not in a stable state and are "waiting for completion". I'm unable to backup our system state using Symantec Backup Exec. I'm getting an error stating BE can not read the object (shadow copy components) I've even applied MS KB940349 and KB951568 to no avail. You may want to try those patches. Have you tried anything else that I have not?

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