SCCM Backup Fails with message ID 5045

Over the weekend the backup failed with this message. Looking at the logs it said:

Error: SMS Writer not found.    SMS_SITE_BACKUP    31/03/2012 7:02:00 PM    13656 (0×3558)
STATMSG: ID=5045 SEV=E LEV=M SOURCE=”SMS Server” COMP=”SMS_SITE_BACKUP” SYS=SCCM01 SITE=ABC PID=22556 TID=13656 GMTDATE=Sat Mar 31 08:02:00.657 2012 ISTR0=”" ISTR1=”" ISTR2=”" ISTR3=”" ISTR4=”" ISTR5=”" ISTR6=”" ISTR7=”" ISTR8=”" ISTR9=”" NUMATTRS=0    SMS_SITE_BACKUP    31/03/2012 7:02:00 PM    13656 (0×3558)

After a bit of research I found this to be the Volume Shadow Copy Service writer for backing up. To check whether this writer was actually missing run the command ‘vssadmin list writers’ and look for SMS Writer. If it is indeed missing you can fix this by restarting the SMS_VSS_Writer service using ConfigMgr Service Manager from the console. This will re-register the VSS writer.

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  • Greg

    Great post. Solved my problem