Restoring SQL Server DB consistently fails with VSS writer issue RRS feed

  • Question

  • I'm trying to restore a database from DPM 2012 R2 (including the latest rollup 3) to a machine with the latest 4.2.1254.0 version of the RA but consistently get the following error.

    The VSS application writer or the VSS provider is in a bad state. Either it was already in a bad state or it entered a bad state during the current operation.

    Running vssadmin list writers on the destination machine and the backup server shows no errors on either. What is the error referring to?

    Friday, August 1, 2014 11:06 AM

All replies

  • Verify you have enough drive space on the SQL server. This is what we find is the problem when we get that error.
    Friday, August 1, 2014 4:14 PM
  • Thanks for the tip, I checked that there was enough free space on the destination and tried restoring the smallest database I could find but no luck. Annoyingly DPM doesn't report size of databases at any point during the recovery wizard.
    Friday, August 1, 2014 4:58 PM