Starting and Configuring the WSS Writer Service

Applies To: Data Protection Manager, System Center Data Protection Manager 2007

Before you can start protecting server farms on servers running Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 or Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, 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 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 the command prompt, change the directory to <DPM installation location>\bin\.

  2. Type ConfigureSharePoint -EnableSharePointProtection.

  3. Enter your Windows SharePoint Services farm administrator credentials. This account should be a local administrator on the WFE server. If the farm administrator is not the 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 Reg 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 ( in the DPM 2007 Operations Guide.