backup failing on sbs 2003

Hi
my backups on a SBS 2003 are failing with the following error:-

Volume shadow copy creation: Attempt 1.
"MSDEWriter" has reported an error 0x800423f4. This is part of System State. The backup cannot continue.
Error returned while creating the volume shadow copy:800423f4
Aborting Backup.

Any help appreciated.

Thanks
junzcptAsked:
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Shreedhar EtteCommented:
Hi,

Post the out put of below commands:

vssadmin list writers

vssadmin list providers

Also check the Application event log of the server for any VSS error events.
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Shree
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Shreedhar EtteCommented:
Also refer this article:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/912414
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junzcptAuthor Commented:

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator>vssadmin list writers
vssadmin 1.1 - Volume Shadow Copy Service administrative command
(C) Copyright 2001 Microsoft Corp.

Waiting for responses.
These may be delayed if a shadow copy is being prepared.

Writer name: 'System Writer'
   Writer Id: {e8132975-6f93-4464-a53e-1050253ae220}
   Writer Instance Id: {afae920d-2b4a-4856-b734-1216b0d853e2}
   State: [5] Waiting for completion
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'FRS Writer'
   Writer Id: {d76f5a28-3092-4589-ba48-2958fb88ce29}
   Writer Instance Id: {33e15475-8c98-4385-a792-dad8606ae812}
   State: [5] Waiting for completion
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'MSDEWriter'
   Writer Id: {f8544ac1-0611-4fa5-b04b-f7ee00b03277}
   Writer Instance Id: {76039e40-bb5e-4aea-bb34-8245dc233e3a}
   State: [5] Waiting for completion
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'Registry Writer'
   Writer Id: {afbab4a2-367d-4d15-a586-71dbb18f8485}
   Writer Instance Id: {b3821753-5d47-4107-8a94-482e3294409a}
   State: [5] Waiting for completion
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'Dhcp Jet Writer'
   Writer Id: {be9ac81e-3619-421f-920f-4c6fea9e93ad}
   Writer Instance Id: {54e674aa-288b-46e8-a6b2-e7bbd26992df}
   State: [5] Waiting for completion
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'Event Log Writer'
   Writer Id: {eee8c692-67ed-4250-8d86-390603070d00}
   Writer Instance Id: {67342659-6224-4f9a-b80e-b698782b0896}
   State: [5] Waiting for completion
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'COM+ REGDB Writer'
   Writer Id: {542da469-d3e1-473c-9f4f-7847f01fc64f}
   Writer Instance Id: {d621b9c2-9333-4b90-8142-f68ee2fef49e}
   State: [5] Waiting for completion
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'NTDS'
   Writer Id: {b2014c9e-8711-4c5c-a5a9-3cf384484757}
   Writer Instance Id: {906b928a-88d3-4ee4-bf20-993095f4c2bb}
   State: [1] Stable
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'WINS Jet Writer'
   Writer Id: {f08c1483-8407-4a26-8c26-6c267a629741}
   Writer Instance Id: {be6fccea-5abd-4fc9-9542-0473c6d0a11c}
   State: [5] Waiting for completion
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'IIS Metabase Writer'
   Writer Id: {59b1f0cf-90ef-465f-9609-6ca8b2938366}
   Writer Instance Id: {4ec025c9-e7a1-4fec-b43f-5dafe98b3c0a}
   State: [5] Waiting for completion
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'WMI Writer'
   Writer Id: {a6ad56c2-b509-4e6c-bb19-49d8f43532f0}
   Writer Instance Id: {486ae278-19ac-4ce0-8bb8-863a3e8259f7}
   State: [5] Waiting for completion
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'Removable Storage Manager'
   Writer Id: {5d3c3e01-0297-445b-aa81-a48d7151e235}
   Writer Instance Id: {fc0550be-e8b5-4113-ba29-037ff78d18d9}
   State: [5] Waiting for completion
   Last error: No error

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator>vssadmin list providers
vssadmin 1.1 - Volume Shadow Copy Service administrative command-line tool
(C) Copyright 2001 Microsoft Corp.

Provider name: 'Microsoft Software Shadow Copy provider 1.0'
   Provider type: System
   Provider Id: {b5946137-7b9f-4925-af80-51abd60b20d5}
   Version: 1.0.0.7

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Shreedhar EtteCommented:
As all the writers are in Waiting for completion, reboot the server to fix the status.

After that try to run the System State Backup.

I hope this helps,
Shree
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junzcptAuthor Commented:
hmmm..I just did that and have reinitaitated the sbs backup and it seems to be running fine.

Let me see how it goes and will post backup.

Thanks
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Shreedhar EtteCommented:
Ok
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junzcptAuthor Commented:
sorted
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