Monthly Archives: October 2011

Howto : quickly check domain health

Before I upgrade a domain I usually check for problems and issues. I use the following steps to give me an idea of the status :

(Check DC en services)

Check networking components

Show DHCP status

Show all replication between sites

Show replication issues

When you perform the steps mentioned and you didn’t ran into several errors than you have probably nothing to worry about. 🙂

VSS error FAILED: Unable to create a VSS snapshot of the source volume(s). 2

I ran into a problem with VMware converter.  I got the following error :

unable to create a VSS snapshot of the source volume(s). Error code: 2147754774

The following steps worked for me :

Confirm that there are no errors with the following command :


I found more then one provider with the following command :


I deleted the second (everything but the first) provider (please back-up your keys first!) :

I then did a restart of the VSS service (net stop vss , net start vss)

Followed by enabling shadow copies (and made a snapshot of the drive)

Now I was able to succesfully create VSS and import a running physical machine using VMware converter!