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SME backup fails with vss error

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Hi,

we are running SME 5.0 on windows 2008 servers. exhcnage 2007. while backup i am receiving following error.

[08:01:14.035]  Status for writer Microsoft Exchange Writer: FAILED_AT_PREPARE_SNAPSHOT(0x800423f3 - VSS_E_WRITERERROR_RETRYABLE)

[08:01:14.035]  Exchange has reported error writer status.
[08:01:14.035]  Error code: 0x800423f3 VSS_E_WRITERERROR_RETRYABLE: The writer failed due to an error that might not occur if another snapshot is created.

can anyone tell what could be the reason for this.

Re: SME backup fails with vss error

Hi,

I'm getting the exact same error, only we use SME 6.0 and Exchange 2010 SP1. Were you able to find a solution for your problem?

Kind regards,

Bjorn

Re: SME backup fails with vss error

There seems to be a problem with the Exchange vss writers. You can check their status on the Exchange server with the following command. All affected writers should have state 1 "stable" here

>vssadmin list writers

Here is an article with some more information and links to MS KB articles about this topic:

http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2008/08/25/3406172.aspx

A restart of the depending Exchange services can fix the problem usually.

Stephan

Re: SME backup fails with vss error

Hi  Bjorn,

i think you must be having windows 2008, so just check if any other backup is not conflicting with SME backup. usually this happens if either tape backup schedule is clashing with SME schedules.

also check if your other backup software should not use data ontape VSS provider this happens if there is any configuration issue.

Thanks,

Abhishek

Re: SME backup fails with vss error

Hi Abhishek,

Indeed I'm using Windows 2008 (as the original poster stated). There is another backup solution present on the system (Tivoli Storage Manager), however it was inactive during my tests. I am very sure of that.

I know there is an issue of TSM using the ONTAP VSS provider, but I was not aware that this could interfere with my SME backups. Can you elaborate on that, please?

Thanks!

Bjorn

Re: SME backup fails with vss error

Hi Bjorn,

As already mentioned can you check the status of VSS writer by following command.

cmd promt: vssadmin list writers.

And check the status of microsoft exchage writer, if its in "retryable error" state you have to restart the server to resolve this error.

After restart of server this should be in stable state and checking running the SME backup after that.

Thanks,

Abhishek

Re: SME backup fails with vss error

Hi Stephan,

Thanks for the info.

I figured the vssadmin list writers could provide some usefull info, but the results for the Microsoft Exchange Writer vary throughout the day:

Writer name: 'Microsoft Exchange Writer'
   Writer Id: {76fe1ac4-15f7-4bcd-987e-8e1acb462fb7}
   Writer Instance Id: {f8a35524-1156-49ce-b225-d51e66d74e0e}
   State: [7] Failed
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'Microsoft Exchange Writer'
   Writer Id: {76fe1ac4-15f7-4bcd-987e-8e1acb462fb7}
   Writer Instance Id: {f8a35524-1156-49ce-b225-d51e66d74e0e}
   State: [7] Failed
   Last error: Retryable error

Writer name: 'Microsoft Exchange Writer'
   Writer Id: {76fe1ac4-15f7-4bcd-987e-8e1acb462fb7}
   Writer Instance Id: {f8a35524-1156-49ce-b225-d51e66d74e0e}
   State: [1] Stable
   Last error: No error

Backups of single databases always succeed. However, it seems that the more databases I backup, this greater the change that I run into this error.

Any ideas? Could this KB be applicable? http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2462710

Thanks!

Bjorn

Re: SME backup fails with vss error

Hi,

Can you check if you are facing problem with Any specific storage group?

if you are facing issue with any perticular storage group then try running esutils on exchange database and try offline defrag of the database.

Thanks,

Abhishek

Re: SME backup fails with vss error

It doesn't seem to be a specific database, because I can backup them individually. Just not as a group. A single log-LUN is shared amongst 10 databases (each on their own LUN), so I should backup these 10 databases at the same time. And I have 4 such groups to backup (= 40 databases). Each database is about 400 GB.

Bjorn

Re: SME backup fails with vss error

just to be more clear weather previously full backup has worked? if so then try reconfiguring the backup job through wizard again.

Abhishek