VSS Writers with corresponding services

VSS Writers with corresponding services

Each VSS writer corresponds to a service. Instead of rebooting the whole server, when we need to register VSS Writers or get it out of Failed state,  we can only restart the relevant service. I haven’t seen a complete list so far so we will add them one by one :


VSS Writer

Service Name

Service Display Name

ASR Writer VSS Volume Shadow Copy
BITS Writer BITS Background Intelligent Transfer Service
COM+ REGDB Writer VSS Volume Shadow Copy
IIS Config Writer AppHostSvc Application Host Helper Service
IIS Metabase Writer IISADMIN IIS Admin Service
Microsoft Exchange Writer MSExchangeIS Microsoft Exchange Information Store
Microsoft Hyper-V VSS Writer vmms Hyper-V Virtual Machine Management
Registry Writer VSS Volume Shadow Copy
Shadow Copy Optimization Writer VSS Volume Shadow Copy
System Writer CryptSvc Cryptographic Services
WMI Writer Winmgmt Windows Management Instrumentation
WIDW Writer WIDWriter Windows Internal Database
HYPER-V VMMS Hyper-V Virtual Machine Management Service
Data Deduplication Writer DFSR Distributed File System Replication
SPSearch4 VSS Writer SPSearch4 Sharepoint Foundation Search V4
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