February 4, 2009

VssAdmin: Unable to create a shadow copy


On a Windows Server 2003-based computer which has many shadow copies that are being used, the paged pool memory on the computer may become exhausted. This problem may occur when the shadow copy snapshots are of large volumes and when each volume contains many files.

Event ID : 7001

VssAdmin: Unable to create a shadow copy: Server execution failed Command-line: 'C:\WINDOWS\system32\vssadmin.exe Create Shadow /AutoRetry=5 /For=\\?\Volume{ca38fbc3-c9fd-11d9-98df-806e6f6e6963}\'.


Follow this Microsoft article and install the necessary updates in to your windows 2003 server kB891957

After you install the update, Microsoft Windows dismounts unused shadow copies when paged pool memory is low.

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