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System state faile on server 2008 X64 with Enumeration of the files failed. The parameter is incorrect

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Attempting to perform system state backup on server 2008 to test the VSS writers because our remote agent keeps failing for offsite backup on system state. when I run the command "wbadmin start systemstatebackup -backupTarget:f:" it fails due to:

Enumeration of the files fails.
the parameter is incorrect.  

when i look at the log files in c:\windows\logs\WindowServerBackup the log files are empty

I came across http://support.microsoft.com/kb/980794 but I'm confused on how to proceed because it seems to want me to exclude specific path using the ExcludedBinaryPaths key but am unsure on what i am to be exuding.  

System is server2008 X64 up to date on service packs with act, mas2000 and Kaspersky Anti-Virus 6.0 for Windows Servers MP4
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Well, the KB you mention seems to refer to a cluster environement. That is what it means by "passive node". Is this in a cluster? The other thing you could do is verify the VSS writers. From a command prompt, run "vssadmin list writers"(no quotes). They should all come back stable. No errors.
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i have run run the vssadmin list writers query but it comes back with no errors
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Is this server in a cluster?
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no its not
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There could be a number of reasons, including a problem with the path. Here is a way to troubleshoot the failure:
http://blogs.technet.com/b/askcore/archive/2010/06/18/reasons-why-the-error-enumeration-of-the-files-failed-may-occur-during-system-state-backup.aspx
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I cleaned up the image path fro most of the services but I'm stuck on one service for MAS2000, it calls a UNC path for start up and according to our support it has to be that way.
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Pointed me in the right direction but ultimately it did not resolve my problem.  I will repost a more specific question
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