Cannot backup system state on Windows 2003 Server DC

Windows Server 2003 32bit SP 2
MS SQL Server 2000 is installed but the services are not running, it has been decommissioned for the most part. I know that there are articles out there for the win2k3 64bit and MS SQL 2000 combintation causing issues with ntbackups and the vss writer. I am about to make some changes to AD including deleting a failed DC from the forest. I really need to backup active directory on this DC before making any more changes. Any help is appreciated.

The error is as follows:

Backup Status
Operation: Backup
Active backup destination: File
Media name: "Backup.bkf created 3/11/2012 at 11:17 AM"

Volume shadow copy creation: Attempt 1.
Timeout before function completed

Error returned while creating the volume shadow copy:0xffffffff.

Error returned while creating the volume shadow copy:ffffffff
Aborting Backup.

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The operation did not successfully complete.

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J CAsked:
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PSNSAdmin4Commented:
Run the vssadmin tool in a command line, and verify that the vss writers for AD are populated.  You may also need to set the required vss space on a disk drive for the shadow copies to work correctly.
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J CAuthor Commented:
Output of list writers command

C:\>vssadmin list writers
vssadmin 1.1 - Volume Shadow Copy Ser
(C) Copyright 2001 Microsoft Corp.

That is all there is. Is there a way to repair the VSS piece?
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Venugopal NCommented:
Login as administrator and run the following command one-by-one.

cd /d %windir%\system32
Net stop vss
Net stop swprv
regsvr32 ole32.dll
regsvr32 oleaut32.dll
regsvr32 vss_ps.dll
vssvc /register
regsvr32 /i swprv.dll
regsvr32 /i eventcls.dll
regsvr32 es.dll
regsvr32 stdprov.dll
regsvr32 vssui.dll
regsvr32 msxml.dll
regsvr32 msxml3.dll
regsvr32 msxml4.dll

After running the above command run the VSSAdmin and let me know if you get output.
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Venugopal NCommented:
Also Check if COM+ and VSS service has been enabled.
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J CAuthor Commented:
I've registered those files and made sure those services are running but that did not fix the issue.
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Venugopal NCommented:
I faced the same issue and the above steps resolved for me.

Please check if this helps you.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/940184
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J CAuthor Commented:
I am seeing some of the writers now so progress has been made. Here is the output of vssadmin list writers:

I think I am missing the AD writer that allows me to backup the system state/active directory. Any idea how I can get that back?

C:\>vssadmin list writers
vssadmin 1.1 - Volume Shadow Copy Service administrative command-line tool
(C) Copyright 2001 Microsoft Corp.

Writer name: 'System Writer'
   Writer Id: {e8132975-6f93-4464-a53e-1050253ae220}
   Writer Instance Id: {cf67a1d7-9e98-417d-b5df-2583e9a9751f}
   State: [4] Waiting for post shadow copy
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'MSDEWriter'
   Writer Id: {f8544ac1-0611-4fa5-b04b-f7ee00b03277}
   Writer Instance Id: {f53447d5-be91-4e69-90b5-bb84d574d954}
   State: [4] Waiting for post shadow copy
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'FRS Writer'
   Writer Id: {d76f5a28-3092-4589-ba48-2958fb88ce29}
   Writer Instance Id: {13a8f61f-c9dc-454b-ab48-a2dbfa449338}
   State: [4] Waiting for post shadow copy
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'NTDS'
   Writer Id: {b2014c9e-8711-4c5c-a5a9-3cf384484757}
   Writer Instance Id: {8c6c8f6c-7dd7-406f-b679-8449d152d82f}
   State: [1] Stable
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'WMI Writer'
   Writer Id: {a6ad56c2-b509-4e6c-bb19-49d8f43532f0}
   Writer Instance Id: {268eb7a3-9e60-44f2-b578-d075e68ecdd7}
   State: [4] Waiting for post shadow copy
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'Removable Storage Manager'
   Writer Id: {5d3c3e01-0297-445b-aa81-a48d7151e235}
   Writer Instance Id: {13ccae07-a3f0-4659-bb79-bf0d20efe92e}
   State: [4] Waiting for post shadow copy
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'Event Log Writer'
   Writer Id: {eee8c692-67ed-4250-8d86-390603070d00}
   Writer Instance Id: {c5246c1f-aef1-4850-a815-c5eddad1eb5d}
   State: [4] Waiting for post shadow copy
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'Registry Writer'
   Writer Id: {afbab4a2-367d-4d15-a586-71dbb18f8485}
   Writer Instance Id: {678cc1ce-b27f-47ec-af0b-9a875f0c0abb}
   State: [4] Waiting for post shadow copy
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'COM+ REGDB Writer'
   Writer Id: {542da469-d3e1-473c-9f4f-7847f01fc64f}
   Writer Instance Id: {870e0fce-cc66-4a16-962f-efbbee73e193}
   State: [4] Waiting for post shadow copy
   Last error: No error


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Venugopal NCommented:
Did you fix the issue, what was the steps follow to resolve it.May be it helps us in future if we had come acroos the issue.
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