Restart-VSS.ps1 Script

  • 22 October 2020

Userlevel 4

One thing I’ve found as a Veeam customer is you often have to restart the VSS services on your SQL and other VSS aware servers. Here’s a script I wrote to do just that.

#   Name:   Restart-VSS.ps1
# Description: Restarts list of services in an array on VMs with a given vSphere tag. Helpful for Veeam B&R processing
# For more info on Veeam VSS services that may cause failure see

Import-Module VMware.PowerCLI

$vcenter = ""
$services = @("SQLWriter","VSS")
$tag = "myAwesomeTag"
Connect-VIServer $vcenter
$vms = Get-VM |where {$_.Tag -ne $tag}

ForEach ($vm in $vms){
ForEach ($service in $services){
If (Get-Service -ComputerName $vm -Name $service -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue) {
Write-Host $service "on computer" $vm "restarting now."
Restart-Service -InputObject $(Get-Service -Computer $vm -Name $service);



Userlevel 1

Extremely timely post!  I will definitely share this!  Thank you!

Userlevel 7
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Very nice script Jim, thank you for sharing. It seems this might not have been a one-off issue if you created this script, did you find the root cause of why the services need to be restarted?

Userlevel 4

Hey Ras, yes especially with Server 2016 The VSS writers are prone to hanging during long running Veeam jobs. You’ll find it the next job run when the job fails during the guest processing portion. Simply restarting the services fixes the issue.

Userlevel 2

Just from the way the script is setup one may assume that the $tag variable would be the VMware tag applied to VMs that have AAiP enabled in their backups, but isn’t this line of code checking whether or not the VMware does not match the $tag variable?

$vms = Get-VM |where {$_.Tag -ne $tag}

Shouldn’t this be:

$vms = Get-VM |where {$_.Tag -eq $tag}

 Apologies if I’m mistaken. I haven’t yet played around with this script (need to actually start making use of VMware tags, hah), but I was just skimming through and that caught my eye and intuitively I feel like it should be checking to see if it does match.

Regardless, nice script! Thanks for sharing!

Userlevel 7
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Nice script, thanks!

I thought not working VSS providers is a thing of the past (Windows 2000 und 2003). It seems to be like in fashion: everything comes back once in a while.