Baseline Synthetic Backup jobs fail with a timeout error during the collection of synthetic backup information.


Baseline Synthetic Backup jobs fail with a timeout error during the collection of synthetic backup information.

Error Message

V-79-57344-2307 0xe0000903 - time out occurred messaging involved collecting additional information synthetic backup.

A Synthetic baseline backup job will fail with the following error when a large volume with many files is selected for backup:

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Running the Backup job in debug mode the following error is observed in the Backup Exec remote agent debug log:

LP_ENV: error 0xe0000903 processing object

Backup Exec Remote Agent Debug Log:

[5964] 04/11/08 18:23:06 End of TF_OpenSet() ret_val = 0x00000000, num buffers = 10
[5964] 04/11/08 18:23:06 Going to perform pre backup dbcc.
[5964] 04/11/08 18:23:06 Performing traversal pass for catalog driven backup
[5964] 04/11/08 20:49:11 [no resource for 3894]
[5964] 04/11/08 20:49:11 Entering SetupLocalShareInfo
[5964] 04/11/08 20:49:11 Informational: Enumerating DFS
[5964] 04/11/08 20:49:11 [no resource for 3893]
[5964] 04/11/08 20:49:11 Windows Server 2003 (or higher) detected. No S2LP mapping required.
[5964] 04/11/08 21:07:26 LP_ENV::MsgError: error 0xe0000903 processing object images\AdobeComments\6Mt5lcScNqWqVoHCoFpAXD
[5964] 04/11/08 21:07:26 TF xfer time = 9859 seconds.
[5964] 04/11/08 21:07:26 WRITE: tpreceive_fail_count = 4
[5964] 04/11/08 21:07:26 WRITE: waiting_on_buffers_count = 0
[5964] 04/11/08 21:07:26 WRITE: buffers_written_count = 12394
[5964] 04/11/08 21:07:26 TF_CloseSet()
[5964] 04/11/08 21:07:26 FreeFormatEnv( cur_fmt=0 )
[5964] 04/11/08 21:07:26 [no resource for 3894]
[5964] 04/11/08 21:07:26 TF_FreeDriveContext( 857570 )
[5964] 04/11/08 21:07:26 TF_FreeTapeBuffers: from 10 to 0 buffers
[5964] 04/11/08 21:07:26 Backup Job Stop(0) - Fri Apr 11 21:07:26 2008


Perform the following and make sure all the settings are properly configured

1. Use existing Windows or 3rd party Disk De fragmentation tools to regularly defragment volumes. Please be sure to defragment the volumes when there is no backup activity.
2. Ensure both the switch and the network cards have matching settings between the Media server and remote server.  If the switch port is set to 100 full, the NIC for the servers should also be set to 100 full.
3. Reinstall or update the Network Card drivers on the media server and remote server.


A registry key has been added in Backup Exec 12.5 for Windows Servers revision 2213 Hotfix 327039. You can download the patch from here:

A registry key has been added in Backup Exec 2010 for Windows Servers revision 2896 Hotfix 344584. You can download the patch from here:

This registry key will increase the buffer timeout period during the Synthetic priming or baseline backup.

NOTE: A registry entry must be added to the remote agent server after the hotfix has been applied to the Backup Exec media server and the remote agent updated.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Symantec\Backup Exec For Windows\Backup
Value Name: CDBSpecialBufferTimeout
Value Type: DWORD
Value: The value represents the number of seconds, with a minimum of 60 seconds, and a maximum of 24 hours or (86,400) seconds

After the registry key is created restart the Backup Exec remote agent service on the remote server.
It is recommended to start off with a CDBSpecialBufferTimout value of 3000 seconds and then increment the value by 1500 seconds until the issue is resolved.

NOTE: If increasing the Buffer Timeout does not resolve the error, break up the Backup Job into smaller parts (multiple jobs).

Symantec Corporation has acknowledged that the above-mentioned issue is present in the current version(s) of the product(s) mentioned at the end of this article. Symantec Corporation is committed to product quality and satisfied customers.
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