Article ID: 289831
This article was previously published under Q289831
When a domain contains a large number of domain controllers (DC) that run Windows 2000, the following error message may appear continuously on each of them at the beginning of the Replication window:
The parameters may vary, depending on the system configuration.
This behavior can occur when a certain size parameter (USHORT) overflows and too little memory is allocated to store all the information.
To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows 2000. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
260910The English version of this fix should have the following file attributes or later:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/260910/EN-US/ )How to Obtain the Latest Windows 2000 Service Pack
Date Time Version Size File name ---------------------------------------------------- 02/23/2001 03:45a 5.0.2195.2881 74,448 dfs.sys
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in Microsoft Windows 2000. This problem was first corrected in Windows 2000 Service Pack 2.
For example, each of a domain's 800 DCs may have approximately 70 to 80 bytes of string length. The length of buffer to allocate in a USHORT is 64 kilobytes (KB), and when the size requires more than 64 KB, the USHORT size variable overflows. Memory allocation is much than is required, and the servers write over memory, causing the error messages.
For additional information about how to install Windows 2000 and Windows 2000 hotfixes at the same time, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/249149/EN-US/ )Installing Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows 2000 Hotfixes