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Should I be concerned about this error in Veeam:

Freezing guest operating system
VSSControl: Failed to freeze guest, wait timeout

It seems to be proceeding with the backups. What does this error mean?

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You are aware of Google? A simple search would have come up with a number of helpful-looking hits, have you tried any of those? – the-wabbit Nov 30 '11 at 17:28
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AdamF, It appears that you may be attempting to backup the vCenter SQL Server, this is a common error that occurs because the VSS operation can freeze SQL because vCenter has control of it. There are work-arounds, I recommend you take a look at the Veeam forums and search for this specific VSS error.

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