sql vss writer failing windows 2008 r2

the sql vss writer keeps failing on a windows 2008 server with sql 2008 on it, which is preventing it from being backed up properly..

any ideas on how to stop this from happening.

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listed the vss writers, saw the errored image, restarted the sql vss writer service, got it live again..ran the backup and it fails and the image goes back to a failed state..

EE is my last stop before dropping $250 on MS ticket.
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Michael PfisterCommented:
Its SQL 2008 or SQL 2008 R2? Which service pack ? Cumulative fixes installed?
Windows 2008 R2 SP1 installed?

Whats the output of

vssadmin list writers

What events get logged when the error happens?

What backup software are you using?
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Michael PfisterCommented:
How can we help you if you're not answering the questions we need to understand your environment and your problem?

Nah, not worth it...
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