0x80042306 error occurs when configuring shadow copies for clustered mount points on another drive in Windows Server 2012

Applies to: Windows Server 2012 DatacenterWindows Server 2012 DatacenterWindows Server 2012 Essentials


When trying to configure Previous Versions in Windows Server 2012 for the clustered disks that are mounted as folders on a different volume, it may fail. Additionally, you may receive the following error message:
Failed to create the storage area association.
Error 0x80042306: The shadow copy provider had an error.
Other symptoms you might observe when trying to configure previous versions for a mount point on another volume:
  • Cluster Disk goes offline
  • You may receive the following event logged for VSS:


The error occurs due to mismatch in cluster online and offline timeouts. There is a premature exit after calling resource online/offline.


To work around this problem, consider modifying the registry values by following the steps mentioned below.

Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

322756How to back up and restore the registry in Windows

  1. On the Start screen, click the Search tile.
  2. Type regedit in the Search window and then double-click regedit.exe.
  3. Locate the following registry entry:
  4. Right-click ClusterOfflineTimeout, and then click Modify.
  5. Select Decimal and then type 2000000000 in the Value data box, and then click OK.
  6. Right-click ClusterOnlineTimeout, and then click Modify.
  7. Select Decimal and then type 2000000000 in the Value data box, and then click OK.
  8. Exit Registry Editor, and then restart the computer.
Note: The Decimal value can be increased as per requirement.