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    Hello Everyone,

    We have around 15-20 servers all are windows server 2003 having issues with backup. Issues are
    - VSS writers takes alot of time to get listed
    - VSS snapshot fails while taking backup
    - Sometimes VSS services gets hung in a "Starting" state, not able to restart or stop the service in that case.
    - Sometimes it runs and stops in the middle of the backup

    Its been a month and these problems keeps occuring on most of the servers.

    We tried registering a set of assemblies and restarted the services. We tried rebooting the servers as well. Still the problem does not seems to resolve.

    Backup team uses symantec netbackup 7.5 to backup.
    The servers are not patched since long time as it an old environment.
    I would request your suggestions to resolve the issues asap as there are many DC's whose backup has not been successful, if they fail it will be a big headache for us.

    Would request if anyone has list of hotfixes that would vss issue or a document like that.

    Thanks in Advance.

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    Re: VSS Writers Issue. No Resolution

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    Tom Jones
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    • #3
      Re: VSS Writers Issue. No Resolution

      Originally posted by MetalMusician View Post
      Hello Everyone,

      We have around 15-20 servers all are windows server 2003 having issues with backup. Issues are
      - VSS writers takes alot of time to get listed
      - VSS snapshot fails while taking backup
      - Sometimes VSS services gets hung in a "Starting" state, not able to restart or stop the service in that case.
      - Sometimes it runs and stops in the middle of the backup

      Its been a month and these problems keeps occuring on most of the servers.

      ...

      The servers are not patched since long time as it an old environment.
      I would request your suggestions to resolve the issues asap as there are many DC's whose backup has not been successful, if they fail it will be a big headache for us.

      Would request if anyone has list of hotfixes that would vss issue or a document like that.

      Thanks in Advance.
      Have you tried patching one server and seeing if that works? Software is always designed to take advantage of latest operating system features.

      Just glancing through these search results shows several VSS updates for 2003.
      A recent poll suggests that 6 out of 7 dwarfs are not happy

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      • #4
        Re: VSS Writers Issue. No Resolution

        I would like to point out there are only 4 months left until Server 2003 End of Life. Is it really worth all this trouble when you should be looking at something like Server 2012 R2?
        1 1 was a racehorse.
        2 2 was 1 2.
        1 1 1 1 race 1 day,
        2 2 1 1 2

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