The SharePoint 2010 VSS Writer service keeps becomming disabled...

Mike Lazarus
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SBS2011 ... fully patched
The Sharepont VSS writer (SPWriterV4) keeps becoming "Disabled" ... not just stopping.

I detect it and run this as an admin:
sc config SPWriterV4 start=  delayed-auto
net start SPWriterV4

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But in a minute, I'll have a series of Event Logs like:

Log Name:      Application
Source:        VSS
Date:          22/12/2012 16:52:05
Event ID:      8230
Task Category: None
Level:         Warning
Keywords:      Classic
User:          N/A
Computer:      MONTY-SBS2011.glcomputing.local
Description:
Volume Shadow Copy Service error: Failed resolving account spfarm with status 1376. Check connection to domain controller and VssAccessControl registry key. 

Operation:
   Initializing Writer

Context:
   Writer Class Id: {afbab4a2-367d-4d15-a586-71dbb18f8485}
   Writer Name: Registry Writer

Error-specific details:
   Error: NetLocalGroupGetMemebers(spfarm), 0x80070560, The specified local group does not exist.

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I get a about 10 of those (different "Writer Name") ... then it stops and becomes Disabled.

I've tried this MS suggestion:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2537096

And re-doing the passwords like the first suggestion here:
http://www.thirdtier.net/2011/07/when-sharepoint-companyweb-503s-on-you-heres-how-to-fix-it/

Any other suggestions?
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David AtkinTechnical Director
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Have you install a sharepoint update recently? If so did you run psconfig?
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Also after the MS fix did you restart the CSS service?
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psconfig long since run

Yes, I run a bat with the two lines from at the top of the post ... the first to set it from "disabled", the 2nd to start it
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And of course... the real issue is ... backups don't run
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Mike LazarusAct! Evangelist - CRM Consultant

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Been through all ... none of them address the VSS Writer becoming disabled :-(
Mike LazarusAct! Evangelist - CRM Consultant

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To be clear, I did:
Sharepoint 2010 Products Configuration - but didn't create a new site
Removed the accounts from VssAccessControl - was done before as per MS link in original post.

If I accept that those log entries can be ignored (from another MS article) ... I still can get past the service becoming DISABLED (not just stopped). This means I also can't backup

The VSS Writer
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Just thought I'd add a "bump" to this :-)

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Did you solve it? We're having exact the same problem here :-/

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I found this link that may help!  http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/53e2bd92-3b24-4f5c-ba27-3747cacaf67f/the-sharepoint-2010-vss-writer-service-has-been-stopped?forum=smallbusinessserver

It's long winded but I think this might be it

Ike

I've had the same issue also
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Never got this fully resolved ..

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