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Starting and Configuring the WSS Writer Service

Updated: November 1, 2013

Applies To: System Center 2012 - Data Protection Manager, System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager, System Center 2012 SP1 - Data Protection Manager

Before you can start protecting server farms on servers running Windows SharePoint Services or Microsoft Office SharePoint Server, you must start and configure the Windows SharePoint Services VSS Writer service (WSS Writer service).

After you install the protection agent on the Windows SharePoint Services Web Front End (WFE) server, you must provide the protection agent with the credentials for the Windows SharePoint Services farm.

You must install the protection agent on all the computers in the farm.

You perform the following procedure for a single WFE server. If your Windows SharePoint Services farm has multiple WFE servers, you must select only one WFE server when you configure protection in the Create New Protection Group Wizard.

To start and configure the WSS Writer service

  1. On the WFE server, at a command prompt, go to <DPM installation location>\bin\.

  2. Run ConfigureSharePoint -EnableSharePointProtection.

  3. Enter your Windows SharePoint Services farm administrator credentials. This account should be a member of the local Administrator group on the WFE server. If the farm administrator is not a local administrator on the WFE server, you must grant the following permissions on the WFE server:

    • Grant the WSS_Admin_WPG group full control to the DPM folder (%Program Files%\Microsoft Data Protection Manager\DPM).

    • Grant the WSS_Admin_WPG group read access to the DPM Registry key (HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Microsoft Data Protection Manager).

    You must rerun ConfigureSharePoint -EnableSharePointProtection whenever the Windows SharePoint Services farm administrator password changes.

For more information about using the ConfigureSharePoint command, see Using ConfigureSharePoint.

For additional resources, see Information and Support for System Center 2012.

Tip: Use this query to find online documentation in the TechNet Library for System Center 2012. For instructions and examples, see Search the System Center 2012 Documentation Library.
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