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Today I want to write about a simple pair of functions I wrote a while ago in response to an occasional issue with our backups.
To prevent a writer from using a specific user account, add a REG_DWORD entry with the name equal with the user name. Set the value of the registry entry to 0 (zero). See T for information about Volume Shadow Copy Service Tools and Settings. The VSS writer MSMQ Writer (MSMQ) failed with status 8 and writer specific failure code 0xF2. Disk 1 has been surprise removed VSS writers inside virtual machine '' failed to perform BackupComplete to its shadow copy (VSS snapshot) set: The writer's timeout expired between the . Legend: X - Not supported - supported; NOTE: * The Manager Console cannot browse the VSS Writer under the following conditions: The day trial period for the Agent for Open Files expired and a license was not installed. The Agent for Open Files license is expired.
However, the most common issue we have run into seems to be due to a VSS writer timeout within the guest OS; one or two VMs would fail to be backed up during a given session and an inspection of the VSS writers would show one or more writers in a failed state, usually due to timeout.
The frustrating thing about resetting VSS writers is that there are two options — identifying the service associated with that writer and restarting it, or rebooting the server. I was pleased to find this article detailing the relationship between VSS writers and services, because it was this article that gave me the information I needed to automate the repair process well, as much as possible.
The end result uses two functions; both are fairly straightforward but the first, Check-VSSWriters is quite lengthy so I have split it into chunks to make it easier to explain. Write-Host "The following services have been identified as requiring a restart: Where one or more services require a restart,the list of affected services is written to the screen, and a while-loop is set up around a user input prompt.
The while loop is used to ensure valid input, and a Read-Host prompt is combined with a switch to request and parse user input to determine whether to restart services or not.
If the user opts to proceed, a for-loop is invoked and attempts to force a restart for each affected service. Each service restart attempt is wrapped in a try-catch block to ensure that the result of the restart can be accurately displayed.
If the user opts not to proceed, a message is displayed confirming this. My chief motivation for this was a desire to not have to keep copying script files between systems. PowerShell minimalists will note that this function could be reduced to a one-liner in which a Get-Credential prompt is piped to New-PsSession, which in turn is piped to an Invoke-Command statement.
Being that I work as part of a team, and I have more experience with Powershell than most of my colleagues, I consider the minimalist approach counter-productive and prefer the lengthier, more legible approach as it is more easily understood by someone reviewing the script for the first time.
Braver souls than I might also automate the service restart process, but that is…riskier than I am comfortable with.
Parametrisation allows for a remote target to be specified, as well as an existing credential token. If a remote target is specified, a single ping is sent to that target to verify that it exists and is online; the output of this is piped to Out-Null as the detailed response is not required.
If a response is received, the machine is online; otherwise it is not. Note that if a remote target is not specified, Check-VSSWriters is then executed on the local system. If a credential token has not been specified for the remote system, a Get-Credential prompt is displayed requesting credentials for the target system.
Invoke-Command is then used with this session. If one or both booleans are not set to false, a message is written to the console. The remote session and command invocation are both performed within a try-catch block so that errors can be adequately identified. In practical terms, I have normally opened a new console window when using these functions and then closed it; however, good practice is to clean up behind yourself so I will be adding this to my production copy of the above functions shortly.Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) is a software service introduced by Microsoft in Windows Server Data VSS writer support in Data Protector x Volume Shadow Copy Service integration Writer name Writer GUID Backup with hardware SPSearch VSS Writer 5 57af97eaace-ad11e8fc7 No.
Step 1: Ensure that vss writers are stable, you may run 'vssadmin list writer' in command prompt and verify that all the VSS witers are in stable state. Step 2: You may refer to KB for basic VSS troubleshooting if you see any VSS specific issue.
This script does not only restart that nasty Replication writer, but also clears the powershell AppPools and the normal AppPool where most backup products execute powershell on the target server.
Leave a Reply Cancel reply. this will stop and restart the service. If you run benjaminpohle.com and double click on „SQL SERVER VSS Writer“, then you can see the service name „SQL Writer“ and „SQL Server VSS Writer“. Join GitHub today. GitHub is home to over 28 million developers working together to host and review code, manage projects, and build software together.
VSS writers are application-specific components for Microsoft's Volume Shadow Copy Service, which ensure the consistency of application data when a shadow copy is created. That's quite useful for creating consistent backups of a system.