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P2V Migration Gotcha 3: Unable to create a VSS snapshot of the source volumes. Error code 2147754776 (0x80042318)

Posted by Brajesh Panda on April 9, 2012

  • I was running P2V conversion of a Citrix server & below error came up;

    “Failed: Unable to create a VSS snapshot of the source volumes. Error code 2147754776 (0x80042318)”

  • Afterwards I have come across this issue multiple times & almost every time it resulted due to corrupted vss registry keys.

  • Logon to the source server and check vss providers & writers
    • Vssadmin list providers
    • It should show you out put like below

  • Vssadmin list providers
  • It should show you out put like below screenshot

  • If you are not getting about output, you have to delete the registry key & restart respective services; it will rebuilt the VSS configuration.
    • Click Start, click Run, type Regedit, and then click OK.
      • Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
      • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\EventSystem\{26c409cc-ae86-11d1-b616-00805fc79216}\Subscriptions
      • On the Edit menu, click Delete, and then click Yes to confirm that you want to delete the subkey.
      • Exit Registry Editor.
      • Click Start, click Run, type services.msc, and then click OK.
    • Right-click the following services one at a time. For each service, click Restart:
      • COM+ Event System
      • COM+ System Application
      • Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider
      • Volume Shadow Copy

Here is a MS article how to fix it.

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7 Responses to “P2V Migration Gotcha 3: Unable to create a VSS snapshot of the source volumes. Error code 2147754776 (0x80042318)”

  1. David Brown said

    Many many thanks!!!! This resolved the issue I encountered with the exact same errors. I sincerely hope “What comes around goes around” Thank you!

  2. Amir said

    After that in cmd type:

    ◦ vssadmin list writer

    if it brings back error 0x8000ffff then do the following steps:

    7.Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then click OK.
    8.At the command prompt, type vssadmin list writers, and then press ENTER.
    9.If the VSS writers are now listed, close the Command Prompt window. You do not have to complete the remaining steps.

    If the VSS writers are not listed, type the following commands at the command prompt. Press ENTER after each command.
    ◦ cd /d %windir%\system32
    ◦ net stop vss
    ◦ net stop swprv
    ◦ regsvr32 ole32.dll
    ◦ regsvr32 oleaut32.dll
    ◦ regsvr32 /i eventcls.dll
    ◦ regsvr32 vss_ps.dll
    ◦ vssvc /register
    ◦ regsvr32 /i swprv.dll
    ◦ regsvr32 es.dll
    ◦ regsvr32 stdprov.dll
    ◦ regsvr32 vssui.dll
    ◦ regsvr32 msxml.dll
    ◦ regsvr32 msxml3.dll
    ◦ regsvr32 msxml4.dll
    Note The last command may not run successfully.
    10.At the command prompt, type vssadmin list writers, and then press ENTER.
    11.Confirm that the VSS writers are now listed.

    source:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/940184#FixItForMeAlways

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  5. lok said

    I typed these commands and no error found:
    Vssadmin list providers
    Vssadmin list writers

    What shall I do next? I am still unable to run P2V using the on this workstation option.

  6. Thajudeen said

    technical person don’t have sufficient access for destination Vcenter.

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