Event ID 8211 — Volume Shadow Copy Service Operations

Event ID 8211 — Volume Shadow Copy Service Operations

Updated: January 27, 2011

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

The Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) provides the ability to create a point in time image (shadow copy) of one or more volumes that can be used to perform backups. The service is also used during restores of applications.

Event Details

Product: Windows Operating System
ID: 8211
Source: VSS
Version: 6.1
Message: Volume Shadow Copy Service error: Writer with name %1 and ID %2 attempted to subscribe in safe mode. %3

Ensure that the computer is running in normal mode and that the VSS service is enabled

Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) can only run if Windows is in Normal mode.

You must perform the following procedure in Normal mode. Check whether the system is running in Safe mode. When your computer is in Safe mode, you will see the words Safe Mode in the corners of the display. If it is in Safe mode, restart it in Normal mode. In Normal mode, check whether the VSS service is enabled.

To perform this procedure, you must have membership in Administrators, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority.

To ensure that the VSS service is enabled:

  1. Click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then click Services.
  2. In the results pane, double-click Volume Shadow Copy.
  3. Ensure that Startup type is set to Manual.
  4. Click OK.


To verify that the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) is operating correctly, retry the previous VSS operation.

Related Management Information

Volume Shadow Copy Service Operations

File Services


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