Backup application that calls the VSS service becomes unresponsive when the DFSR service is running in Windows

Symptoms

Consider the following scenario:
  • You use a backup application that calls the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) on a computer that's running Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2.
  • The Distributed File System Replication (DFSR) service is running on the computer.

In this scenario, the backup process becomes unresponsive.

Cause

This problem occurs because of a race condition in the DFSR service as it may incorrectly lock a file causing the backup application to become unresponsive.

Resolution

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft Support. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing the problem described in this article. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, go to the following Microsoft website: Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

Prerequisites

To apply this update in Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2, you must first have update 2919355 installed.

Restart requirement

You must restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any previously released hotfix.
File information

Status

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

References

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Article ID: 3054249 - Last Review: Jun 26, 2015 - Revision: 1

Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter, Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, Windows Server 2012 R2 Foundation, Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard, Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Enterprise, Windows 8.1 Pro

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