Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) and Windows 2003 - installing hotfixes it makes your life a whole lot better
Darren Duke May 21 2012 02:08:26 PMIf you have any type of data on a Windows server being backed up, chances are you are going to need Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) at some point. This is basically Microsoft's API to allow consistent backups of files on the system. You have probably also seen lots of VSS errors in either the backup application (Backup Exec, Veeam, etc) and/or the Windows Event Viewer.
If you are using Window 2003 Server then make sure you have the roll up hotfixes installed on each and every server you are backing up. I have found this to fix a ton of various issues over the years and can make failed backup using VSS turn into a successful one.
The roll up is available via the MS KB904349.
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