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How to resolve Error: 3041, Severity: 16, State: 1 reported in SQL Server Log?


This error message is typically experienced while taking a differential backup in SQL Server 2005. This may be reported in Event Log too as below:

Entry#1
Date <Date>
Log <SQL Server (Archive #1 – Date/Time)>
Source Backup
Message
Error: 3041, Severity: 16, State: 1.

Entry#2
Date Date
Log <SQL Server (Archive #1 – Date/Time)>
Source Backup
Message
BACKUP failed to complete the command BACKUP LOG <DB Name>. Check the backup application log for detailed messages.

This problem may occur when the internal status flag for a full database backup does not reset after you create the full database backup. If a server experiences this issue, it must be applied with appropriate hotfix as per
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/921106.
Please note that you should apply a hotfix only if it is necessary. Also this hotfix does not require a restart of SQL Service after installation. 

Note: This applies to SQL 2005 only. 

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