NT BAckup VSS Writer Problem

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I am having a problem backing up a Windows 2003 SBS server - the backup has at the initial preparing to backup using shadow copy - please see results below from vssadmin list writers

Writer name: 'System Writer'
   Writer Id: {e8132975-6f93-4464-a53e-1050253ae220}
   Writer Instance Id: {7fd021eb-40d9-477c-86da-b7d0b1b5a42a}
   State: [8] Failed
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'MSDEWriter'
   Writer Id: {f8544ac1-0611-4fa5-b04b-f7ee00b03277}
   Writer Instance Id: {91a844d3-7c3e-4aea-8daa-3ffb233d2c60}
   State: [1] Stable
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'SqlServerWriter'
   Writer Id: {a65faa63-5ea8-4ebc-9dbd-a0c4db26912a}
   Writer Instance Id: {5a3ab7a3-b4ed-41b0-9743-c651da380d4a}
   State: [8] Failed
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'FRS Writer'
   Writer Id: {d76f5a28-3092-4589-ba48-2958fb88ce29}
   Writer Instance Id: {66e065d2-ffce-46f9-ab68-03fdea5eb117}
   State: [8] Failed
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'Registry Writer'
   Writer Id: {afbab4a2-367d-4d15-a586-71dbb18f8485}
   Writer Instance Id: {0afff78e-feea-4725-b142-413e08933201}
   State: [1] Stable
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'COM+ REGDB Writer'
   Writer Id: {542da469-d3e1-473c-9f4f-7847f01fc64f}
   Writer Instance Id: {4cec1116-26f5-430b-9c6f-4334d64b5111}
   State: [1] Stable
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'Event Log Writer'
   Writer Id: {eee8c692-67ed-4250-8d86-390603070d00}
   Writer Instance Id: {4c09f128-b95f-48a4-82d4-ad3453ebeda8}
   State: [1] Stable
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'Dhcp Jet Writer'
   Writer Id: {be9ac81e-3619-421f-920f-4c6fea9e93ad}
   Writer Instance Id: {d6df5bbb-7f19-4fcd-a315-d9fb0d8b2538}
   State: [8] Failed
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'IIS Metabase Writer'
   Writer Id: {59b1f0cf-90ef-465f-9609-6ca8b2938366}
   Writer Instance Id: {77443bdb-9fa7-422d-83c3-6a8250b62caa}
   State: [8] Failed
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'NTDS'
   Writer Id: {b2014c9e-8711-4c5c-a5a9-3cf384484757}
   Writer Instance Id: {ab802888-5a75-48dd-b55b-af4d7e3396c5}
   State: [1] Stable
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'WINS Jet Writer'
   Writer Id: {f08c1483-8407-4a26-8c26-6c267a629741}
   Writer Instance Id: {e13c5b86-258b-474a-8627-8741e4166db2}
   State: [8] Failed
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'WMI Writer'
   Writer Id: {a6ad56c2-b509-4e6c-bb19-49d8f43532f0}
   Writer Instance Id: {8b5903be-769f-4497-b376-9c7d0c808bc9}
   State: [8] Failed
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'BITS Writer'
   Writer Id: {4969d978-be47-48b0-b100-f328f07ac1e0}
   Writer Instance Id: {51d82772-c0fe-4d08-ba60-a3a621a0dddb}
   State: [8] Failed
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'Removable Storage Manager'
   Writer Id: {5d3c3e01-0297-445b-aa81-a48d7151e235}
   Writer Instance Id: {ec037a4f-d8e1-471d-a759-3f4dbac1cfd5}
   State: [8] Failed
   Last error: No error
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For Windows 2003:
1. Check if the server is having sp2 on it,please install sp2 from

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=95AC161
0-C232-4644-B828-C55EEC605D55&displaylang=en

2. Create a batch file with the following commands in it
net stop "System Event Notification"
net stop "COM+ Event System"
net stop "Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider "
net stop "Volume Shadow Copy"
cd /d %windir%\system32
net stop Vss
net stop swprv
regsvr32 /s ole32.dll
regsvr32 /s oleaut32.dll
regsvr32 /s Vss_ps.dll
vssvc /register
regsvr32 /s /i swprv.dll
regsvr32 /s /i eventcls.dll
regsvr32 /s es.dll
regsvr32 /s stdprov.dll
regsvr32 /s vssui.dll
regsvr32 /s msxml.dll
regsvr32 /s msxml3.dll
regsvr32 /s msxml4.dll
net start "COM+ Event System"

Restart Server. After restart, execute "vssadmin list writers" command to
check the state of VSS writers.


3. If this not resolves, check if the server is updated with hotfix in
Add\Remove Programs if not please install the following
patches (applicable for x86 & x64)
a.http://support.microsoft.com/kb/940349
b.http://support.microsoft.com/kb/949391
c.http://support.microsoft.com/kb/951568
d.http://support.microsoft.com/kb/957778
e.http://support.microsoft.com/kb/968502
f.http://support.microsoft.com/kb/967551
g.http://support.microsoft.com/kb/969219

Note: It is recommended to reboot the server after every
patch installation

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I am surprised at the last comment - I am running sbs 2003 - the first 2 seem to be for 2008 - also very nervous about your first recomendation as I have not had a good backup for a wek or so.
I am sorry for first 2 hotfixes. Below is the updated list of hotfixes

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/940349
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/949391 
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/951568 
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/957778 
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/972623
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/976461 

If on your SBS, you have already installed SP2, then you can just re-register the VSS dlls. It will not harm your computer. You can create a batch file with those commands and run it.

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