Windows error: (0x800705B4) This operation returned because the timeout period expired
Operating system error: This operation returned because the timeout period expired
1) If the operating system is Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2016, the error may be caused by a known Microsoft Windows issue. See Troubleshooting section for details.
2) The issue is caused by too intensive workload on the machine at the backup start time.
A VSS writer is application-specific software that acts to ensure that application data is ready for shadow copy creation. Windows OS includes a set of VSS writers and VSS-aware applications install own VSS writers to the machine. If the workload on the machine is high at the backup time, a VSS writer might not respond in the expected timeframe, that is, reach a timeout. A backup made under these conditions might not be restorable, that is why Acronis software cancels this backup and shows this error message.
Timeout issue of VSS Writers appears when Acronis Agent is waiting for snapshot creation. It is caused by default timeout value for the VSS writers (60 seconds). Since opening and flushing volumes takes significant time, after 60 seconds writers fail and snapshot is aborted, especially if disk load is high.
Beginning with Acronis Backup 12.5 Update 4 (build 12730) and Acronis Cyber Cloud 7.9 (build 12960), new performance mechanisms are implemented to the software to improve handling of VSS requests. Please update to the latest available build and check if backup works.
If update is not possible or did not resolve the issue, follow the troubleshooting steps depending on the operating system you use:
If the affected system is Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2016, verify if the system is affected by a known issue:
If the system is not Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2016 or if above solution is not applicable, reschedule the backup to a different time when disk load is lower.
To determine what time is better for proper handling of VSS snapshot creation requests, we suggest to use the following scheme:
Enable Task failure handlingoption in the affected backup plan and set interval between attempts to 40-50 minutes and number of attempts 20
Start backup. It will be running in nonstop mode until snapshot creation is successful
Note the time when snapshot is created successfully and schedule backup to this time to avoid further snapshot timeout issues.
You can also use the Perfmon utility to check current I/O load on disks and find right time for snapshot operations.
If rescheduling backup to the time of lower I\O load does not help, consider the following options to troubleshoot the issue:
1) Download VSS Doctor to investigate and troubleshoot issues with VSS on the affected Agent machine
2) For Windows Server 2008, 2008R2, 2012, 2012R2, 2016 create a snapshot using Diskshadow tool to check the functionality of the VSS service components. If issue occurs on Workstation OS, skip this step.
If any writer fails with an error or creating a snapshot with Diskshadow does not end with "Number of shadow copies listed: x", you need to troubleshoot this writer and make sure it is functioning correctly before using VSS backup in Acronis Software. Acronis Backup relies on VSS to perform backup operations and correct functioning of VSS writers is a prerequisite for successful snapshot creation.
If suggested steps did not help to localize the issue, collect the following information and contact Acronis Customer Central:
VSS Doctor report
Result of backup with Diskshadow (as screenshots or output to file)
Acronis System information from the affected Agent machine: