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Windows Server 2008 R2 - Volume Shadow Service Repair

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  • Hello,

    I have a Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter install at home (TechNet subscriber) and backups are not working using Windows Server Backup.

    I have pretty well narrowed it down to Volume Shadow Service (VSS) being messed up.

    This server has a lot installed on it: Active Directory Domain Services, DNS, DHCP, Exchange 2010, SQL 2005 SP3, Forefront for Exchange 2010, etc.

    Basically, what I need to do is "reinstall" VSS.  Since Server 2008 R2 is so new, finding reliable information on repairing problems is difficult at best.  I have found a lot of info on repairing VSS in general, but only one article that allied directly to R2, and I really don't want to rely on just one data source found with a search engine to begin with.  Since there have been a number of changes to VSS in R2, and R2 is X64 only, I hope someone here can help me get some better information.

    Anyway, my question: Can someone please provide me with the list of files I will need to re-register and the registry keys that will need to be removed or modified in order to "reinstall" VSS on Windows Server 2008 R2?  Please, no comments on the software and features I have installed - I already know this isn't a "best practices" installation.  Uninstalling or reinstalling Exchange and SQL are not options for me.  I don't have additional hardware to throw at this.

    Thank you in advance to everyone that can help me!

    Chris Morris

    P.S. This is a home-brew server, not an OEM server, therefore there is no OEM partition.  Also, my disk is a hardware-based RAID 1 mirror, configured as a dynamic disk.  (Sorry for the cross-post...first time using the managed newsgroups to actually ask a question)
    MCSE, MCSA, CCNA, A+
    Wednesday, December 09, 2009 6:50 PM

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  • Hello Chris,

     

    As you may have noticed that there is change with VSS in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7.

     

    Begin with Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, Windows component installation is manifest based, and most of the registry is locked down even to Administrator. However, the VSS binaries in Wndows Vista and Windows Server 2008 still contain the code to perform self-registration. The code is removed in Windows 7 and 2008 R2.


    So we don't suggest you to re-register VSS binaries in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 or later operating systems.

     

    As for the list of file or method to fix VSS on Windows Server 2008 R2, I have forward this question to our corresponding product team. If I have any update on this question, we will let you know.

     

    Thank you for the understandings.


    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    • Marked as answer by David Shen Monday, December 14, 2009 2:54 AM
    Friday, December 11, 2009 6:47 AM