VMware backups for windows 2003 vm clients fails with statsus code 156 .
In the bpfis logs we see the below error message .
" Cannot create a quiesced snapshot because the create snapshot operation exceeded the time limit for holding off I/O in the frozen virtual machine"
The issue is with application based quiescing .
App based quiescing is not supported in windows 2003 .
Also quiescing is done by vmware and not by netbackup .
Netbackup just back up the VM *after* it is quiesced
The issue is can resolved by disabling the quiescing .
For more information, refer to VMWare KB Article 1007696.
Netbackup : 126.96.36.199
Master : windows 2008 R2
Media server and vm backup host : windows 2008 R2
ESX :V-sphere 5