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vssadmin - Microsoft Exchange Writer is Missing

Created: 26 Jan 2011 • Updated: 03 Feb 2011
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I had a server that had the "Microsoft Exchange Writer" missing.

When typing the command vssadmin (C:\>vssadmin list writers) from a command prompt all the VSS (Volume Shadow Copy) writers would come up besides the "Microsoft Exchange Writer".

This is what the Microsoft Exchange Writer looks like should it come up:

If it does not come up in the list... to enable it navigate to the following registry key:


Modify the "Disable Exchange Writer" registry key to a value of 0

After this restart the "Exchange Information Store" service

"vssadmin list writers" should now display the writer correctly

Check the Technet article for more information: