How to troubleshoot the error "A failure occurred querying the Writer status" (a000fed1 HEX or e000fed1 HEX or 0xfffffed1 HEX) that occurs when a backup or restore is attempted
Final Error Code: a000fed1 HEX (0xa000fed1 HEX) or e000fed1 HEX (0xe000fed1 HEX)
Final Error Description: "A failure occurred querying the Writer status."
Final Error Category: Resource Errors
Error Text In Job Log: "OFO: Initialization failure on: "Shadow?Copy?Components". Advanced Open File
During a Shadow Copy Components data protection operation, if a VSS Application Writer involved in the operation reports a failed status, then the data protection operation will fail (Figure 1).
To troubleshoot this error, please perform the following steps immediately after a failed Shadow Copy Components backup has been identified:
Figure 2 - VSSADMIN sample output: No Errors
Figure 3 - VSSADMIN sample output: Errors Detected