Troubleshooting VSS Errors

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    To troubleshoot VSS errors, run vssadmin list writers in the command prompt to get a list of VSS errors. Then find the VSS Writer name that has the error in the table below:

    VSS Writer Service Name Service Display Name
    ASR Writer VSS Volume Shadow Copy
    BITS Writer BITS Background Intelligent Transfer Service
    COM+ REGDB Writer VSS Volume Shadow Copy
    DFS Replication service writer DFSR DFS Replication
    DHCP Jet Writer DHCPServer DHCP Server
    FRS Writer NtFrs File Replication
    FSRM writer srmsvc File Server Resource Manager
    IIS Config Writer AppHostSvc Application Host Helper Service
    IIS Metabase Writer IISADMIN IIS Admin Service
    Microsoft Exchange Writer MSExchangeIS Microsoft Exchange Information Store
    Microsoft Hyper-V VSS Writer vmms Hyper-V Virtual Machine Management
    NTDS NTDS Active Directory Domain Services
    OSearch VSS Writer OSearch Office SharePoint Server Search
    OSearch14 VSS Writer OSearch14 SharePoint Server Search 14
    Registry Writer VSS Volume Shadow Copy
    Shadow Copy Optimization Writer VSS Volume Shadow Copy
    SPSearch VSS Writer SPSearch Windows SharePoint Services Search
    SPSearch4 VSS Writer SPSearch4 SharePoint Foundation Search V4
    SqlServerWriter SQLWriter SQL Server VSS Writer
    System Writer CryptSvc Cryptographic Services
    TermServLicensing TermServLicensing Remote Desktop Licensing
    WINS Jet Writer WINS Windows Internet Name Service (WINS)
    WMI Writer Winmgmt Windows Management Instrumentation

    Once you have the service name, you know what to restart / troubleshoot to fix your VSS error.

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