Take the 2-minute tour ×
Server Fault is a question and answer site for system and network administrators. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I recently installed the Windows Server Backup Feature on my Windows Server 2012. When I try to create a backup (full) I get the following error: System writer is not found in the backup.

I followed this: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2009272 MS KB Article by using takeown and icacls, restarted cryptsvc and checked the registry but no luck. If I run "vssadmin list writers" the system writer is not in the list.

Any Ideas?

share|improve this question

1 Answer 1

up vote 3 down vote accepted

I found the Problem.

If you have Visual Studio installed on the server this Hotfix from Microsoft is the Solution: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2807849/en-us


This issue occurs because Windows Server limits any directory from containing more than 1,000 subdirectories. Visual Studio 2012 installs more than 1,000 subdirectories in the following location: C:\Windows\Microsoft.Net Therefore, when the system state writer tries to back up the folder, the issue that is described in "Symptoms" section occurs.

Hope this helps!

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.