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Reset VSS Writers

VSS writers are application-specific components for Microsoft's Volume Shadow Copy Service, which ensure the consistency of application data when a shadow copy is created. That's quite useful for creating consistent backups of a system. However, some of these writers go into error states more or less frequently. And Microsoft did not deem it necessary to document how to reset writers without rebooting the entire system (or at least I didn't manage to find that piece of information).

Since this burnt me once too often, I started compiling a list of VSS writers and the services that need to be restarted to reset each of them. Some are rather obvious, others (System Writer for instance) not so much.
VSS WriterService NameService Display NameASR WriterVSSVolume Shadow CopyBITS WriterBITSBackground Intelligent Transfer ServiceCOM+ REGDB WriterVSSVolume Shadow CopyDFS Replication service writerDFSRDFS ReplicationDHCP Jet WriterDHCPServerDHCP ServerFRS WriterNtFrsFile ReplicationF…