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Register the Sharepoint VSS Writer for Backups

SharePoint Backups do not run and the SharePoint VSS Writer is missing.

Confirm that the VSS Writer is missing, run the command VSSAdmin List Writers. This will give you a list of all the VSS Writers.

If the writer is missing follow the steps below to resolve the issue:

  1. Open up Command Prompt as an Administrator.
  2. Navigate to the folder C:Program FilesCommon FilesMicrosoft SharedWeb Server Extensions14BIN
  3. Run the command stsadm -o registerwsswriter

Once the command is run, it will take approximately 5 minutes to finish. Once complete you can run the command VSSAdmin List Writers and you will then see the SharePoint VSS Writer.

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