1. Forum Rules (PLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ BEFORE POSTING) Click the link to access ADSM.ORG Acceptable Use Policy and forum rules which should be observed when using this website. Violators may be banned from this website. This message will disappear after you have made at least 12 posts. Thank you for your cooperation.

Missing Writers

Discussion in 'Backup / Archive Discussion' started by dbias1601, May 28, 2013.

  1. dbias1601

    dbias1601 New Member

    Joined:
    May 29, 2012
    Messages:
    32
    Likes Received:
    2
    Hello All,

    I have a number of clients that regularly fail on system state due to missing writers. The missing writers are always either 'system writer', 'WMI Writer' or both. The output of VSSADMIN LIST WRITERS confirms they are missing. Until now the fix I have been using has either been to reboot the box or restart the associated services. Both of these approaches work but I would like to identify a root cause - what can cause writers to disappear (rather than just fail etc)? Anyone have any ideas or experience with this?

    TSM client: 6.2.5.0
    OS: Windows 2003 SP2

    Any help much appreciated

    Thanks,
    DBIAS
     
  2.  
  3. domino

    domino Senior Member

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2005
    Messages:
    720
    Likes Received:
    32
    Occupation:
    System Engineer
    Location:
    Germany
    This is not a TSM issue - maybe ntbackup will fail also - ask your windows admin for support ;-)
     
  4. dbias1601

    dbias1601 New Member

    Joined:
    May 29, 2012
    Messages:
    32
    Likes Received:
    2
    Hi Domino,

    Thanks for the reply. I am aware that this is not a TSM issue but I wont be getting any assistance from the Windows admins. I have have done extensive troubleshooting with various failed or timed out writers and had a bit of luck resolving those problems and identifying root cause. When the writers are missing however I don't know where to begin - as stated above I can resolve the issue fairly easily but its not practical to do this every week. Really hoping someone has some idea (or even just a starting point) what causes writers to disappear.

    Thanks,
    DBIAS
     
  5. tsm_dude

    tsm_dude Senior Member

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2007
    Messages:
    334
    Likes Received:
    21
    TSM is a piece of crap at backing up system state. I usually exclude system state and do via ntbackup.
    NTbackup works fine, even if TSM fails.
    If TSM fails and NTbackup fail - reboot
     

Share This Page