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Periods at the beginning of a line are removed when placed into the SMTP Pickup directory
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Important This article contains information about editing the metabase. Before you edit the metabase, verify that you have a backup copy that you can restore if a problem occurs. For information about how to do this, see the "Configuration Backup/Restore" Help topic in Microsoft Management Console (MMC).
When messages that are generated with the Microsoft Collaboration Data Objects for NTS (CDONTS) or Microsoft Collaboration Data Objects for Windows 2000 (CDOSYS) contain a period at the beginning of the line and are placed in the SMTP Pickup directory for delivery, the leading period is removed. This may distort the validity of the line.
To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Microsoft Windows 2000. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
260910In Windows 2000 Service Pack 3, the metabase key DisablePickupDotStuff has been added to turn on or off the automatic removal of periods at the beginning of the line. After you apply the service pack, follow the steps in the "More Information" section.
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/260910/ )How to obtain the latest Windows 2000 service pack
The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in coordinated universal time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.
Date Time Version Size File name ---------------------------------------------------------- 5/31/2001 03:32p 5.0.2195.3651 434,448 Smtpsvc.dll 5/31/2001 03:31p 5.0.2195.3649 320,272 Aqueue.dll 5/31/2001 03:31p 5.0.2195.3649 44,816 Fcachdll.dll 5/31/2001 03:31p 5.0.2195.3649 66,832 Mailmsg.dll 5/31/2001 03:31p 5.0.2195.3649 38,160 Ntfsdrv.dll
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in Internet Information Services 5.0.
Warning If you edit the metabase incorrectly, you can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall any product that uses the metabase. Microsoft cannot guarantee that problems that result if you incorrectly edit the metabase can be solved. Edit the metabase at your own risk.
Note Always back up the metabase before you edit it. The following metabase key has been added to turn on or off the automatic removal of periods at the beginning of the line:
DisablePickupDotStuffIf you set this key to a value of 1, periods will not be removed at the beginning of the line. If you set this key to a value of 0 (default), the leading period will be removed from the beginning of a line.
Note The Smtpmd.exe utility that you use to set this key is not available publicly. Please contact Microsoft Support to obtain this utility. For more information about how to contact Microsoft Support, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
Professional Support OptionsAlso note that you can use MetaEdit instead. The procedure for using the MetaEdit utility is described at the end of this section.
To set DisablePickupDotStuff, use the Smtpmd.exe utility as follows:
smtpmd set smtpsvc/1/DisablePickupDotStuff <1>
smtpmd set smtpsvc/1/DisablePickupDotStuff <0>
Note Restart Internet Information Services to apply the changes. You can also install MetaEdit and make the changes that are described in this article. To do this:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/301386/ )How to install MetaEdit 2.2 on Windows NT 4.0 or Windows 2000
Article ID: 286358 - Last Review: September 20, 2007 - Revision: 9.3