Unable to find Microsoft Hyper-V VSS Writer. Verify that Hyper-V services are running on the client server.

SUMMARY

Hyper-V agent did not find a writer: Microsoft Hyper-V VSS Writer; Unable to find Microsoft Hyper-V VSS Writer. Verify that Hyper-V services are running on the client server.

ISSUE

Inventory sync failing stating Hyper-V VSS not enabled on Hyper-V host

WBPS logs show <Error> Unable to find Microsoft Hyper-V VSS Writer. Verify that Hyper-V services are running on the client server.
 

10/25/18 13:57:18 : <HYPER-V APP VSS> CHprvVss::FindWriter::4350 failure:
10/25/18 13:57:18 : Hyper-V agent did not find a writer: Microsoft Hyper-V VSS Writer; Writer Id: {66841cd4-6ded-4f4b-8f17-fd23f8ddc3de}
<Error> Unable to find Microsoft Hyper-V VSS Writer. Verify that Hyper-V services are running on the client server.

 

RESOLUTION

Found Hyper-V writers not showing on run of vssadmin list writers

Restarted Hyper-V services per MS KB
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/virtualization/hyper-v/best-practices-analyzer/the-hyper-v-virtual-machine-management-service-must-be-running
 

To restart the service from Hyper-V Manager
Open Hyper-V Manager. Click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Hyper-V Manager.

In the navigation pane, click the name of the server if it's not already selected.

In the Actions pane, click Start Service.

Once services restarted writer is now present and inventory sync completing

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