Q. I'm receiving an error that I'm missing the SQL Server Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) writer. What can I do?

A. The SQL Server VSS writer is included in the Tools\Setup folder as SqlWriter.msi, so if the SQL Server VSS Writer isn't functioning or missing, do the following:

  1. In Programs and Features (Add/Remove Programs), uninstall the SQL Server VSS Writer component.
  2. Run the SqlWriter.msi file.
  3. Reboot the server.

The SQL Server VSS writer should now be present.

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