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A new server 2008 R2 is having errors when the backup starts.

Are there any updates that will fix the VSS issues?


Log Name:      Application
Source:        VSS
Event ID:      8193

Volume Shadow Copy Service error: Unexpected error calling routine CreateVssExamineWriterMetadata.  hr = 0x80042311, The given XML document is invalid.  It is either incorrectly-formed XML or it does not match the
schema.
.

Operation:
   Writer Exposing its Metadata

Context:
   Execution Context: Requestor
   Writer Instance ID
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by:pgm554
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What are you backing up to?

USB disk?
If so ,make and model number?
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by:noxcho
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Delete all old backups and shadow copies. Nromally if you remove the backup feature they are cleaned. So remove the feature and re-add it. Then try backup again.
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by:networkadmin
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Removing the backup feature then adding back didn't fix the issue.

Still get error 8193 and 8228 VSS errors every time a backup is started.

Tried to backup to a USB drive and iSCSI drive mapped to the server.
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by:ZabagaR
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From a command prompt type:
vssadmin list writers

You'll get output in paragraph format.  for each writer listed, do you see "no error" ?
If one or more writers have an error, what are they?

I recently had a similar problem and my WMI writer was the problem. I fixed that by using:
http://community.spiceworks.com/how_to/show/43118-fix-vssadmin-wmi-writer-wmi-writer-retryable-error

Let me know if you see an error for any of the writers
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by:networkadmin
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No Errors from the vssadmin list writers
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by:noxcho
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But are all writers present when you do vssadmin list command?
Also, were you able to identify which application layer is causing this error?
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There is a similar question and solution here on experts-exchange.

See the answer given here:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/Windows_Server_2008/Q_27696565.html
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Another similar problem and solution here...although its a little more obscure....

http://woosie-uk.blogspot.com/2013/06/the-mysterious-case-of-missing-vss.html
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