vssadmin list writers list - Last error: Time out

Hello,

I am having issues backing up a system for about a month now. I am running AppAssure backup and all other backups are completing successful. I have a particular server that gives me an error message within AppAssure: The transfer failed: 'There was a problem with the VSS subsystem on 'DRB-DC02'.'.

I logged on the DC02 server and ran a vssadmin list writers and received this:

Ran vssadmin list writers this morning and received Time out errors.
C:Windowssystem32>vssadmin list writers
vssadmin 1.1 - Volume Shadow Copy Service administrative command-line tool
(C) Copyright 2001-2012 Microsoft Corp.

Writer name: 'Task Scheduler Writer'
Writer Id: {d61d61c8-d73a-4eee-8cdd-f6f9786b7124}
Writer Instance Id: {1bddd48e-5052-49db-9b07-b96f96727e6b}
State: [1] Stable
Last error: No error

Writer name: 'VSS Metadata Store Writer'
Writer Id: {75dfb225-e2e4-4d39-9ac9-ffaff65ddf06}
Writer Instance Id: {088e7a7d-09a8-4cc6-a609-ad90e75ddc93}
State: [1] Stable
Last error: No error

Writer name: 'Performance Counters Writer'
Writer Id: {0bada1de-01a9-4625-8278-69e735f39dd2}
Writer Instance Id: {f0086dda-9efc-47c5-8eb6-a944c3d09381}
State: [1] Stable
Last error: No error

Writer name: 'System Writer'
Writer Id: {e8132975-6f93-4464-a53e-1050253ae220}
Writer Instance Id: {ef94ca59-8c22-429e-bbc4-fd1fa98295f5}
State: [9] Failed
Last error: Timed out

Writer name: 'FRS Writer'
Writer Id: {d76f5a28-3092-4589-ba48-2958fb88ce29}
Writer Instance Id: {cd9b4872-40ba-461f-9208-6396aecaa5ee}
State: [9] Failed
Last error: Timed out

Writer name: 'ASR Writer'
Writer Id: {be000cbe-11fe-4426-9c58-531aa6355fc4}
Writer Instance Id: {9b8a60a4-dd74-4c69-b287-e0ec1d603b23}
State: [1] Stable
Last error: No error

Writer name: 'COM+ REGDB Writer'
Writer Id: {542da469-d3e1-473c-9f4f-7847f01fc64f}
Writer Instance Id: {c3aadbc8-388e-4bae-bf58-51c63221f846}
State: [9] Failed
Last error: Timed out

Writer name: 'TermServLicensing'
Writer Id: {5382579c-98df-47a7-ac6c-98a6d7106e09}
Writer Instance Id: {8858bf38-801a-4235-9025-b4507e218571}
State: [9] Failed
Last error: Timed out

Writer name: 'WMI Writer'
Writer Id: {a6ad56c2-b509-4e6c-bb19-49d8f43532f0}
Writer Instance Id: {37413162-b8b9-4212-8125-6db6a287d71e}
State: [9] Failed
Last error: Timed out

Writer name: 'Shadow Copy Optimization Writer'
Writer Id: {4dc3bdd4-ab48-4d07-adb0-3bee2926fd7f}
Writer Instance Id: {8110ffd9-e785-4029-9b13-8d1247c9e979}
State: [9] Failed
Last error: Timed out

Writer name: 'Registry Writer'
Writer Id: {afbab4a2-367d-4d15-a586-71dbb18f8485}
Writer Instance Id: {04e494fc-d9ac-4e3d-8309-b8fa6c10156d}
State: [9] Failed
Last error: Timed out

Writer name: 'NTDS'
Writer Id: {b2014c9e-8711-4c5c-a5a9-3cf384484757}
Writer Instance Id: {cea4b5b8-db4c-47a4-aa72-b471be82b5c6}
State: [9] Failed
Last error: Timed out

EVERYTIME I reboot all writers are cleared with no errors. Any idea why it clears up after reboot and then eventually list Last error: Time out.

Thanks,

nimdatx



1

"vssadmin delete shadows /all" to clean up any dead VSS snapshots


did this fix your problem if not

2

Restart the services: COM+ System Application Service, Distributed Transaction Coordinator Service, and Volume Shadow Copy Service and also restart the affected VSS writer service, for example Hyper-V VSS writer



3

Restart the following: Volume Shadow Copy, COM+ Event System Service, COM+ System Application Service, Remote Procedure Call (PRC) Service, MS Software Shadow Copy Provider Service




4

RegisterVSS2008.bat




REM ################## RegisterVSS2008.bat #######################################
net stop "System Event Notification Service"
net stop "Background Intelligent Transfer Service"
net stop "COM+ Event System"
net stop "Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider"
net stop "Volume Shadow Copy"
cd /d %windir%system32
net stop vss
net stop swprv
regsvr32 /s ATL.DLL
regsvr32 /s comsvcs.DLL
regsvr32 /s credui.DLL
regsvr32 /s CRYPTNET.DLL
regsvr32 /s CRYPTUI.DLL
regsvr32 /s dhcpqec.DLL
regsvr32 /s dssenh.DLL
regsvr32 /s eapqec.DLL
regsvr32 /s esscli.DLL
regsvr32 /s FastProx.DLL
regsvr32 /s FirewallAPI.DLL
regsvr32 /s kmsvc.DLL
regsvr32 /s lsmproxy.DLL
regsvr32 /s MSCTF.DLL
regsvr32 /s msi.DLL
regsvr32 /s msxml3.DLL
regsvr32 /s ncprov.DLL
regsvr32 /s ole32.DLL
regsvr32 /s OLEACC.DLL
regsvr32 /s OLEAUT32.DLL
regsvr32 /s PROPSYS.DLL
regsvr32 /s QAgent.DLL
regsvr32 /s qagentrt.DLL
regsvr32 /s QUtil.DLL
regsvr32 /s raschap.DLL
regsvr32 /s RASQEC.DLL
regsvr32 /s rastls.DLL
regsvr32 /s repdrvfs.DLL
regsvr32 /s RPCRT4.DLL
regsvr32 /s rsaenh.DLL
regsvr32 /s SHELL32.DLL
regsvr32 /s shsvcs.DLL
regsvr32 /s /i swprv.DLL
regsvr32 /s tschannel.DLL
regsvr32 /s USERENV.DLL
regsvr32 /s vss_ps.DLL
regsvr32 /s wbemcons.DLL
regsvr32 /s wbemcore.DLL
regsvr32 /s wbemess.DLL
regsvr32 /s wbemsvc.DLL
regsvr32 /s WINHTTP.DLL
regsvr32 /s WINTRUST.DLL
regsvr32 /s wmiprvsd.DLL
regsvr32 /s wmisvc.DLL
regsvr32 /s wmiutils.DLL
regsvr32 /s wuaueng.DLL
sfc /SCANFILE=%windir%system32catsrv.DLL
sfc /SCANFILE=%windir%system32catsrvut.DLL
sfc /SCANFILE=%windir%system32CLBCatQ.DLL
net start "COM+ Event System"

@echo.
@echo Volume Shadow Copy service DLL's re-registered.
@echo.
@echo Reboot your machine.
@echo.
@echo After reboot, open a command prompt and run:
@echo vssadmin list writers
@echo.
@echo Ensure that all your writers are displayed w/o errors.
pause

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Uninstall all backup software on your computer, including Windows Backup if it's installed.
After all other backup tools have been uninstalled, open the Registry Editor (regedit) as administrator and check the following branch: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetservicesVSSProviders

Underneath that key you should only find Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider 1.0 and no other VSS writer. If you do find another, it may be a residue registry entry of a previous backup software installation. You can save the entry by exporting the entire registry to a file (right click and select Export) and then it's safe to delete the entire branch entry underneath: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetservicesVSSProvider. Then reboot and try again running vssadmin list writers to confirm the problem has been resolved.




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32 Bit Systems




cd /d %windir%system32
Net stop vss
Net stop swprv

regsvr32 ole32.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
regsvr32 Vssapi.dll
regsvr32 Vssui.dll

net start vss
net start swprv

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Net stop vss
Net stop swprv
regsvr32.exe /i %windir%system32eventcls.dll
regsvr32.exe /i %windir%system32swprv.dll
regsvr32.exe %windir%system32vssui.dll
regsvr32.exe %windir%SysWOW64vss_ps.dll
regsvr32.exe %windir%SysWOW64msxml.dll
regsvr32.exe %windir%SysWOW64msxml2.dll
regsvr32.exe %windir%SysWOW64msxml3.dll
regsvr32.exe %windir%SysWOW64msxml4.dll
regsvr32.exe %windir%SysWOW64ole32.dll
regsvr32.exe %windir%SysWOW64oleaut32.dll
regsvr32.exe %windir%SysWOW64es.dll
regsvr32.exe %windir%SysWOW64comsvcs.dll
vssvc /register
net start swprv
net start vss

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Your computer may have a corrupt COM+ subscription information. Open the registry editor (regedit) and navigate to:HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftEventSystem{26c409cc-ae86-11d1-b616-00805fc79216}

Then delete the Subscriptions key and reboot the machine. A subsequent call in the command prompt should show no more errors: vssadmin list writers. This VSS repair strategy appears to work well when the System Writer is reporting an error. The Event Viewer may be reporting this or a similar error:
Writer Class Id: {e8132975-6f93-4464-a53e-1050253ae220}

Writer Name: System Writer
Writer Instance ID: {34162f4c-59ff-468e-848d-cb4b3d8dd7dc}



8

VSS Error Code 0x800423f3

If the VSS error code 0x800423f3 is reported, the reason is a corrupt state of WMI (wmiutils.dll). This may happen if a registry cleaner was used or a third-party application was uninstalled incorrectly. What you need to do is re-register wmiutils.dll and then restart the WMI service.
In the command prompt, execute the following three lines (note that stopping the WMI service does NOT stop VMs, it only stops the management service):
net stop winmgmt
regsvr32 wmiutils.dll
net start winmgmt

After that you should start up the Hyper-V Management Service again if needed.


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1

"vssadmin delete shadows /all" to clean up any dead VSS snapshots


did this fix your problem if not

2

Restart the services: COM+ System Application Service, Distributed Transaction Coordinator Service, and Volume Shadow Copy Service and also restart the affected VSS writer service, for example Hyper-V VSS writer



3

Restart the following: Volume Shadow Copy, COM+ Event System Service, COM+ System Application Service, Remote Procedure Call (PRC) Service, MS Software Shadow Copy Provider Service




4

RegisterVSS2008.bat




REM ################## RegisterVSS2008.bat #######################################
net stop "System Event Notification Service"
net stop "Background Intelligent Transfer Service"
net stop "COM+ Event System"
net stop "Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider"
net stop "Volume Shadow Copy"
cd /d %windir%system32
net stop vss
net stop swprv
regsvr32 /s ATL.DLL
regsvr32 /s comsvcs.DLL
regsvr32 /s credui.DLL
regsvr32 /s CRYPTNET.DLL
regsvr32 /s CRYPTUI.DLL
regsvr32 /s dhcpqec.DLL
regsvr32 /s dssenh.DLL
regsvr32 /s eapqec.DLL
regsvr32 /s esscli.DLL
regsvr32 /s FastProx.DLL
regsvr32 /s FirewallAPI.DLL
regsvr32 /s kmsvc.DLL
regsvr32 /s lsmproxy.DLL
regsvr32 /s MSCTF.DLL
regsvr32 /s msi.DLL
regsvr32 /s msxml3.DLL
regsvr32 /s ncprov.DLL
regsvr32 /s ole32.DLL
regsvr32 /s OLEACC.DLL
regsvr32 /s OLEAUT32.DLL
regsvr32 /s PROPSYS.DLL
regsvr32 /s QAgent.DLL
regsvr32 /s qagentrt.DLL
regsvr32 /s QUtil.DLL
regsvr32 /s raschap.DLL
regsvr32 /s RASQEC.DLL
regsvr32 /s rastls.DLL
regsvr32 /s repdrvfs.DLL
regsvr32 /s RPCRT4.DLL
regsvr32 /s rsaenh.DLL
regsvr32 /s SHELL32.DLL
regsvr32 /s shsvcs.DLL
regsvr32 /s /i swprv.DLL
regsvr32 /s tschannel.DLL
regsvr32 /s USERENV.DLL
regsvr32 /s vss_ps.DLL
regsvr32 /s wbemcons.DLL
regsvr32 /s wbemcore.DLL
regsvr32 /s wbemess.DLL
regsvr32 /s wbemsvc.DLL
regsvr32 /s WINHTTP.DLL
regsvr32 /s WINTRUST.DLL
regsvr32 /s wmiprvsd.DLL
regsvr32 /s wmisvc.DLL
regsvr32 /s wmiutils.DLL
regsvr32 /s wuaueng.DLL
sfc /SCANFILE=%windir%system32catsrv.DLL
sfc /SCANFILE=%windir%system32catsrvut.DLL
sfc /SCANFILE=%windir%system32CLBCatQ.DLL
net start "COM+ Event System"

@echo.
@echo Volume Shadow Copy service DLL's re-registered.
@echo.
@echo Reboot your machine.
@echo.
@echo After reboot, open a command prompt and run:
@echo vssadmin list writers
@echo.
@echo Ensure that all your writers are displayed w/o errors.
pause

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Uninstall all backup software on your computer, including Windows Backup if it's installed.
After all other backup tools have been uninstalled, open the Registry Editor (regedit) as administrator and check the following branch: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetservicesVSSProviders

Underneath that key you should only find Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider 1.0 and no other VSS writer. If you do find another, it may be a residue registry entry of a previous backup software installation. You can save the entry by exporting the entire registry to a file (right click and select Export) and then it's safe to delete the entire branch entry underneath: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetservicesVSSProvider. Then reboot and try again running vssadmin list writers to confirm the problem has been resolved.




6

32 Bit Systems




cd /d %windir%system32
Net stop vss
Net stop swprv

regsvr32 ole32.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
regsvr32 Vssapi.dll
regsvr32 Vssui.dll

net start vss
net start swprv

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Net stop vss
Net stop swprv
regsvr32.exe /i %windir%system32eventcls.dll
regsvr32.exe /i %windir%system32swprv.dll
regsvr32.exe %windir%system32vssui.dll
regsvr32.exe %windir%SysWOW64vss_ps.dll
regsvr32.exe %windir%SysWOW64msxml.dll
regsvr32.exe %windir%SysWOW64msxml2.dll
regsvr32.exe %windir%SysWOW64msxml3.dll
regsvr32.exe %windir%SysWOW64msxml4.dll
regsvr32.exe %windir%SysWOW64ole32.dll
regsvr32.exe %windir%SysWOW64oleaut32.dll
regsvr32.exe %windir%SysWOW64es.dll
regsvr32.exe %windir%SysWOW64comsvcs.dll
vssvc /register
net start swprv
net start vss

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Your computer may have a corrupt COM+ subscription information. Open the registry editor (regedit) and navigate to:HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftEventSystem{26c409cc-ae86-11d1-b616-00805fc79216}

Then delete the Subscriptions key and reboot the machine. A subsequent call in the command prompt should show no more errors: vssadmin list writers. This VSS repair strategy appears to work well when the System Writer is reporting an error. The Event Viewer may be reporting this or a similar error:
Writer Class Id: {e8132975-6f93-4464-a53e-1050253ae220}

Writer Name: System Writer
Writer Instance ID: {34162f4c-59ff-468e-848d-cb4b3d8dd7dc}



8

VSS Error Code 0x800423f3

If the VSS error code 0x800423f3 is reported, the reason is a corrupt state of WMI (wmiutils.dll). This may happen if a registry cleaner was used or a third-party application was uninstalled incorrectly. What you need to do is re-register wmiutils.dll and then restart the WMI service.
In the command prompt, execute the following three lines (note that stopping the WMI service does NOT stop VMs, it only stops the management service):
net stop winmgmt
regsvr32 wmiutils.dll
net start winmgmt

After that you should start up the Hyper-V Management Service again if needed.


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