You are running a Windows Server 2008-based or Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1)-based system.
On this system, an application or service calls Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) management interface APIs.
These VSS management interface APIs are called while many snapshot replications are occurring.
The snapshot replications are in protection mode.
In this scenario, the VSS management interface APIs encounter performance issues, or these APIs time out. Therefore, applications that call these APIs also encounter performance issues or job failures.
For example, assume that you perform a Bare Metal Restore (BMR) for a Windows Small Business Server (Windows SBS) 2008-based system. Then, you use Windows Server Backup (WSB) to perform a backup operation after the BMR operation. In this situation, the first attempt fails and generates the following error message:
Creation of the shared protection point timed out. Unknown error (0x81000101)
This issue occurs because a performance bug in VSS causes opening operations to take a long time when there are many existing shadow copies. In the example in the "Symptoms" section, the WSB operation uses System Provider of Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) to create a shadow copy during the backup process. When the first instance of a shadow copy is created after a BMR operation, this triggers the opening operations for existing shadow copies on the mounted volumes. Therefore, an operation time-out occurs in WSB and eventually causes the backup process to fail.
A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. 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 this specific problem. 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.
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To apply this hotfix, you must have Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista SP1 installed.
You must restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.
Hotfix replacement information
This hotfix does not replace any other previously released hotfixes.
To use this hotfix, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.
The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.
Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista note
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For all supported 32-bit versions of Windows Server 2008 and of Windows Vista
For all supported 64-bit versions of Windows Server 2008 and of Windows Vista
For all supported Itanium-based versions of Windows Server 2008
To work around this problem, run the backup process again.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
Previously, restoring the complete system required that you first reinstall the operating system and then restore the data. However, in a BMR, you can start the system from the operating system CD and then use an ASR floppy disk to recover the system directly from a backup.
For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates
Additional file information for Windows Server 2008 and for Windows Vista
Additional files for all supported 32-bit versions of Windows Server 2008 and of Windows Vista