Monthly Archives: July 2014

New Book System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager

I had the privilege of being a technical review on this great new book from Alessandro Cardoso.  If you work with SCVMM 2012 R2 take a look.

Covering : Windows 2012 R2 and Hyper-V new features, System Center 2012 R2 VMM, Operations Manager, App Controller and Azure integration as well the Veeam Management Pack.

  • Plan and design a VMM architecture for real-world deployment
  • Configure network virtualization, gateway integration, storage integration, resource throttling, and availability options
  • Integrate Operations Manager (SCOM) with VMM to monitor your infrastructure
  • Integrate SC APP Controller (SCAC) with VMM to manage private and public clouds (Azure)
  • Deploy clusters with VMM Bare Metal
  • Create and deploy virtual machines from templates
  • Deploy a highly available VMM Management server
  • Manage Hyper-V, VMware, and Citrix from VMM
  • Upgrade from previous VMM versions

SharePoint 2013 Search – The Chart Cannot Be Rendered

Opening SharePoint 2013 Search Service Application and viewing the crawl health reports results in the error “The chart cannot be rendered. This may be due to a misconfiguration of the Microsoft SharePoint Server State Service. For more information, contact your server administrator. ”

In order to resolve this error run the commands below from and elevated SharePoint PowerShell 2013 management shell.

$Service = New-SPStateServiceApplication -Name “State Service”
New-SPStateServiceDatabase -Name “State Service DB” -ServiceApplication $Service
New-SPStateServiceApplicationProxy -Name “State Service Proxy” -ServiceApplication $Service -DefaultProxyGroup

Resolving SharePoint 2013 VSS Errors With Veeam And SCDPM

Backing up a virtual SharePoint 2013 environment using Veeam and MS System Center Data Protection Manager 2012 SP1 (SCDPM) failed with VSS errors.  Veeam is being used to create VM image based backups and SCDPM is being used to provide SharePoint backups with item level recovery.

The Veeam backup failed with:

Unable to create snapshot (Dell EqualLogic VSS HW Provider) (mode: Veeam application-aware processing). Details: Writer ‘Microsoft Hyper-V VSS Writer’ is failed at ‘VSS_WS_FAILED_AT_PREPARE_SNAPSHOT’. The writer experienced a non-transient error. If the backup process is retried, the error is likely to reoccur. –tr:Failed to verify writers state. –tr:Failed to create VSS snapshot. –tr:Failed to perform pre-backup tasks.
Make sure VM does not have ‘iSCSI Software Target Storage Provider’ feature installed.

The SCDPM backup ran, but logged the warning:

Backup metadata enumeration failed

DPM could not obtain backup metadata information for SharePoint Farm Sharepoint Farm\%SQL_SERVER%\SharePoint_Config on %SHAREPOINT_SERVER%. If the data source is a SharePoint farm then a valid recovery point has been created. However, content databases from this recovery point can be recovered using the alternate location option only. (ID 3134)

The SharePoint web front end server had two VSS errors in the Windows Application Event Log:

Event ID 8194

Volume Shadow Copy Service error: Unexpected error querying for the IVssWriterCallback interface. hr = 0x80070005, Access is denied.
. This is often caused by incorrect security settings in either the writer or requestor process.

PrepareForSnapshot Event

Execution Context: Writer
Writer Class Id: {da452614-4858-5e53-a512-38aab25c61ad}
Writer Name: SharePoint Services Writer
Writer Instance ID: {e3f3a187-6600-4750-b96d-b5579dc09e9d}

Event ID 8193

Volume Shadow Copy Service error: Unexpected error calling routine RegOpenKeyExW(-2147483646,SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\VSS\Diag,…). hr = 0x80070005, Access is denied.

Initializing Writer

Writer Class Id: {da452614-4858-5e53-a512-38aab25c61ad}
Writer Name: SharePoint Services Writer
Writer Instance ID: {4d6e7cca-8810-41f2-a56f-ac87156c426f}

One of two SharePoint servers running SharePoint Search had one VSS error in the Windows Application Event Log:

Event ID 8213

Volume Shadow Copy Service error: The process that hosts the writer with name OSearch15 VSS Writer and ID {0ff1ce15-0201-0000-0000-000000000000} does not run under a user with sufficient access rights. Consider running this process under a local account which is either Local System, Administrator, Network Service, or Local Service.

Initializing Writer

Writer Class Id: {0ff1ce15-0201-0000-0000-000000000000}
Writer Name: OSearch15 VSS Writer
Writer Instance Name: OSearch15 Replication Service

When configuring SCDPM SharePoint protection you have to run the ConfigureSharePoint.exe command, see here for more details.  You provide this command with the SharePoint Farm Administrator account and this account is not normally an Windows Administrator on the server.  Event ID 8193 indicated that permissions were an issue.

In order to resolve the VSS errors, open registry editor on the web front end and search servers.  Navigate to HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\VSS\Diag right-click on the key and choose permissions.

On the web front end server I granted the SharePoint Farm Administrator account full control to the key.

On both SharePoint Search servers I granted the SharePoint Search and the SharePoint Farm Administrator accounts full control to the key.  On one of the search servers under HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\VSS\VssAccessControl, both the SharePoint Farm Administrator account and the the SharePoint Search were listed, but on the other only the SharePoint Search account was listed.  I added a REG_DWORD key under HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\VSS\VssAccessControl and set the value to 1 for the SharePoint Farm Administrator account.

Following a reboot of the servers the backups worked correctly in both Veeam and SCDPM and the Event Log errors disappeared.

SharePoint 2013 Certificate Error Causes Performance Issues

Whilst working with a SharePoint 2013 environment I experienced slow page load times and poor search performance.  After initial page loads performance was fine for several minutes before the performance issue returned.

Opening the Application log within Event Viewer showed the following critical error with the text

“A certificate validation operation took 30015.2428 milliseconds and has exceeded the execution time threshold.  If this continues to occur, it may represent a configuration issue.  Please see for more details.”

The fix for the problem is to export the SharePoint Root Authority certificate using PowerShell and import it into the Trusted Root Certificate store.  Open the SharePoint 2013 Management Shell as an administrator.

$SProotCert = (Get-SPCertificateAuthority).RootCertificate
$SProotCert.Export(“Cer”) | Set-Content C:\SProotCert.cer –Encoding Byte

Open the Certificates MMC by opening a Run command and type MMC.  Choose File -> Add/Remove Snap-in.  Select the Certificates Snap-in and click Add.  On the next screen select Computer account and click Next followed by Local computer and Ok.


Right-click on Trusted Root Certificates and choose All Tasks -> Import

SP2013Certs 2Complete the wizard by loading the certificate you exported using PowerShell.  Repeat the process on all SharePoint servers experiencing the issue.

These steps fixed the error on most of our SharePoint servers, but it remained on two.  In order to fix the error on the two remaining servers I configured proxy access through Internet Explorer, then from an elevated command prompt ran “netsh winhttp import proxy source=ie”  This configures Windows to use the IE proxy configuration as a default.  The servers were then able to access the internet and verify the certificates.