A system state restore to a different host fails pre-restore if a distributed file services replication (DFSR) writer is included in the restore selection. The following errors are presented:
ERROR : 16:57:03 Could not prepare for restore of VSS writer 'DFS Replication service writer' (0x800423f4; writer error (not retryable), please check the event log for related events from the application hosting the VSS writer). [Writer details: 473d2324-2707-761b-3395-357a00ebeb88;46903473-a7ac-a2fa-8088-69bc3dd1d1ac;failed at pre restore]
ERROR : 16:57:03 Restore failed: A writer failed while preparing for restore
To circumvent this problem:
Back up the folders on the original host containing the files necessary for replication, but exclude the DFS writer itself from the backup selection. Then restore to the second host in two steps:
- Restore the files from the files view.
- Restore the system state from the system state view. You will be prompted to restart the (second) host.