SCCM 2007 backup fails with "Error: SMS Writer not found."

by Thomas Forsmark Sørensen 21. December 2012 15:00

Today I had a ConfigMgr 2007 server where the ConfigMgr backup was failing.

When I looked in the smsbkup.log log file I could see that the backup was complaining "Error: SMS Writer  not found"

I checked the registered VSS writers by runining the following command:

VSSAdmin list writers

No "SMS Writer" showed up in the list.

It turned out that the fix to the problem was to add the "sysadmin" rights to the ConfigMgr computer account defined on the SQL server.

After adding this right to the computer account the "SMS Writer" was added to the list of VSS writers and the backup worked as it should.

Thanks, thats all for now.

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About Me


My name is Thomas Forsmark Sørensen.

I live in Odense in Denmark and work for Globeteam in Virum.

I am working as a Microsoft Infrastructure consultant with main focus on application and Operating System Deployment.

I work mostly with Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2 and MDT 2013, but I also work with other of Microsofts products. 


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