System state backup failed with the following error message:
"System writer is not found"
In addition, when you run the “Vssadmin list writers” command to display VSS writers on the system, the System Writer is missing.
The system writer fails due to the fact that the trusted installer & system accounts are missing permissions to files in the directory %windir%\winsxs\filemaps\.
To resolve this issue, please run the following commands from an administrative elevated Command Window:
Takeown /f %windir%\winsxs\filemaps\* /a
icacls %windir%\winsxs\filemaps\*.* /grant "NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM:(RX)"
icacls %windir%\winsxs\filemaps\*.* /grant "NT Service\trustedinstaller:(F)"
icacls %windir%\winsxs\filemaps\*.* /grant "BUILTIN\Users:(RX)"
Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008
Thanks! I had the same issue on a Win2k box and I fixed it using your suggestion.
One thing, after restarting the Cryptographic Services service I had to restart the Windows Management Instrumentation also as the WMI Writer was now missing :)
Yes the Above does work for Windows Server 2008
And i have some steps to share which i have used to fix vss issue fix on windows server 2003 without rebooting the Server...
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